I am very impressed by how well Sarah Palin is maturing as a politician. (And, I use the word politician in a positive rather than a pejorative sense.) When she first hit the political scene she seemed like a country bumpkin. However, now she is much more sophisticated and has made a number of wise political moves. From my perspective, Sarah Palin is the candidate to beat in the 2012 Republican primaries.
The Tea Party, particularly with the celebrity of Sarah Palin providing a catalyst for its functioning, has had notable success in several primary elections around the country. Palin has built a solid core of supporters all across America which will give her a distinct advantage going into the presidential primary election season.