Q: When is a good time? Do you have a timeline?
Palin: I have said that that August/September timeframe is important for logistical and legal reasons to jump in there, but…
Q: So by next month?
Palin: I think that just practically speaking that has to be kind of a drop dead time. Also, in fairness to supporters, who are standing on the timeline, and this is what I have told Todd over and over again, I don't want to be seen as or perceived as stringing people along, asking supporters, 'Oh don't just jump in there on someone else's bandwagon because I may jump in, so hold off a little bit.' That is not fair to them. After another month or two goes by, they need to know who it is that they can jump behind. Now more than ever, everybody has got to get involved in this 2012 election. They need to get out there and campaign for their chosen candidates, its all the more reason to hurry up and decide.
From this, I gather that Sarah and Todd Palin are discussing how long they can go before announcing the decision. Palin's concern for her fans argues for an announcement soon; Todd would string people along indefinitely. But Sarah is obviously conflicted in this, saying, "After another month or two goes by, they [her fans] need to know who it is that they can jump behind." But, then, she said, "Now more than ever, everybody has got to get involved in this 2012 election." But now is not "after a month or two goes by;" it is now.
If we've learned anything from this, it may be that Sarah Palin is indecisive, and that Todd Palin is, perhaps, her only advisor.
The transcript is from CNN's "Will Palin be in by Labor Day? 'I doubt it'" story, which was written in response to Karl Rove's speculation that Palin would announce her decision at an Iowa appearance on September 3.
After Karl Rove speculated, last Saturday, on Fox News, that Sarah Palin would make an announcement on September 3, Palin pushed-back over Rove's speculation. Then, Rove pushed-back by saying, "It is a sign of enormous thin skin if we speculate about her, she gets upset, and I suspect if we didn't speculate about her, she'd be upset and trying to find a way to get us to speculate about her."
Rove and Palin have sparred before. There is a round-by-round summary of their fight at The Washington Post's "Karl Rove: Not a Palin fan."
Update: Politico posted a "reality check" on Palin's possible candidacy. Her indecisiveness must be weighing on her supporters.
Update: The New York Daily News' "Sarah Palin, it's time to fish or cut bait: Stop teasing everyone about whether you'll run in 2012," written by a Republican, chastises Palin for her indecisiveness.