Last Monday, the republican held their second debate of the current presidential election season. It was the first to include what many considered a full line up, but one person was missing, and that was Sarah Palin.
Why would Palin choose to not show up to the debate. After all Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachmann, all who were absent from the first debate made their presence felt. Two possible reasons exist. Number one: Palin is not really running for president. Number 2: If Palin is running for president she had nothing to gain by showing up. Lets explore both possibilities.
Palin is not running for president: Lets face it, Palin is not cut out to be president and she knows it. After all she did not even finish one term as governor of Alaska. She also knows that as long as people think she is presidential material she makes more money. It has been said by many people that Sarah Barracuda is in it for the money. This whole motorcycle/bus tour is nothing more than a publicity stunt to get more cash in her pockets.
Palin had nothing to gain by showing up: Mrs. Palin is not the best debater. Even with her extremely low expectations she was more likely to scare away voters with a "Russia from my house" gaffe. So as long as her chances of saying something inaccurate in front of voters are held to a minimum she still has a chance. Her handlers will try to keep her away from debating anyone as much as possible.
Both options for her absence seem reasonable, and it is up to the reader to decide. Perhaps Mrs. Palin will learn something from Michelle Bachmann. When expectations are that low, it is difficult not to look good, though we believe Sarah could pull it off