Sarah Palin Refutes Story Claiming 2012 Decision Next Week

Politics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 17, 2011   |   12:31PM   |   Washington, DC

Former vice-presidential candidate, according to one conservative publication, is expected to make a decision about a presidential campaign next week. Within an hour of the story going up online, Palin refuted it.

“Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected within a week to make a decision on whether to enter the 2012 presidential campaign, according to one Republican source,” American Spectator reporter Robert McCain said in a story. “Vendors of campaign services who hope to work for Team Palin have been told that Palin, the 2008 GOP vice-presidential candidate, will decide soon one way or another on mounting a 2012 campaign.”

No so fast, according to the former Alaska governor.

“Really? Hmm, guess they forgot to inform me what I’m “expected to do” next week,” Palin said in a Twitter message about half an hour later.

A recent Wall St. Journal poll has Palin in second place behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney with Romney leading with 30 percent of the vote to 14 for Palin, if she decides to run. The WSJ poll also showed that just 45 percent of Republicans are happy with the GOP field — compared with 73 percent who said the same thing in 2008, which could give Palin an incentive to run.

Most recently, Palin’s emails as governor were made public and they showed her writing a letter from God’s perspective about the eventual birth of her son Trig, who has Down syndrome.

Palin writes, “I let Trig’s mom have an exceptionally comfortable pregnancy so she could enjoy every minute of it. Trig’s mom and dad were told early by doctors that the child ‘may provide more challenges and more joy than what they ever may have imagined or ever asked for. This new person in your life can help everyone put things in perspective and get everyone focused on what really matters. The baby will expand your world and let you see and feel things you haven’t experienced yet.”

According to the Daily Mail, the email says Trig’s name is a Norse name meaning “true” and “brave victory,” and Palin writes, “He’ll show you what true brave victory really means.”

Palin tells her friends and family, “Trig is no different except that he has one extra chromosome. Doctors call it Down’s Syndrome, and Down’s kids have challenges but can bring you much delight and more love than you can ever imagine. Just wait and see, let me prove this. Trig will be his dad’s little buddy, and he’ll wear Carhartts while he learns to tinker in the garage. He’ll love to be read to, he’ll want to play goalie and he’ll steal his mom’s heart just like Track, Bristol, Willow and Piper did.”

The former vice-presidential and possible presidential candidate also takes on abortion advocates in defending Trig.

“What do you earthlings consider “perfect” or even “normal” anyway? Have you peeked down any grocery store isle [sic], or school hallway or into your office lunchroom lately? Have you noticed I make ‘em all shapes and sizes? Believe me, there is no “perfect,” she explains. “Many people will express sympathy, but you don’t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this.”