"It's tempting to think of this spate of Sarah Palin appearances everywhere (on social media, too), as a comeback. But, thing is, Palin hasn't ever really gone anywhere since she went from being a complete unknown to an American obsession in 2008. Like no other figure in American pop and political culture (The Fix calls her a celebritician), Palin has shown a remarkable ability to stay top of mind, maintaining a role in the Beltway conversation while staying very far away."
For those who have followed Palin since her debut on the national scene in 2008, it is not secret why she has become such a force of nature. A woman who is as telegenic, articulate, funny, courageous, and intelligent as Palin cannot help but achieve the Oscar Wilde dictum of being talked about.
Besides, anyone who is as hated by the left as Palin has to be interesting, to say the least. From Bill Maher to David Letterman to a million semi-anonymous Internet trolls Palin elicits the sort of hate and fear that the ancient Romans must have felt for Boudicca, the Celtic queen who almost gave the Empire the boot from Britain. The left regards her like that line from "The Lord of the Rings." "Beautiful and terrible and all shall worship her and despair."
The Washington Post, by the way, may be correct in that Palin has eschewed ever running for elected office, though caution should be had in predicting any of her future moves. This writer, like many, was pretty sure she was going to run for president in 2012. Any predictions for 2016 should be subject to change.
In the meantime, Palin has settled in comfortable into the role of America's unofficial gray eminence, albeit not in the holy orders, one day giving the back of her hand to Paul Ryan's budget, the next riffing with Jimmy Fallon who was playing the role of Vladimir Putin. She will be with us for a long time to come.