By Jim Bellano
Recently, however, the ebb and flow of the primary season has called into question whether her political star has faded.
During the heat of the primary battles, all of the air in the Republican-conservative-Tea Party balloon has been sucked up — appropriately, by the candidates.
Since 2008 that air was the oxygen that fueled the Palin super nova.
The prospect of going from Momma Grizzly to political also-ran has prompted Palin to inject herself into the nomination process in order to remain relevant.
However, instead of throwing her weight behind one candidate, Palin has chosen to walk a tightrope and strike a balance between being a king-maker and hedging her bets.
For example, she endorsed Newt Gingrich on a primary-by-primary basis in South Carolina, Florida and Nevada, but not because she thought Gingrich was the best to run the country, but rather, “to keep the process going,” and allow for “additional vetting.”
The high-wire act at play here is, if Palin gives a full endorsement to either Gingrich or Rick Santorum (it appears she has some apprehension about Romney), and Mitt Romney becomes the nominee or wins the November election, she could be on the outside looking in for a considerable amount of time.