Palin Eyes 2014 Senate Bid
But pundits have their doubts about Begich challenge
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2013 12:58 AM CDT
Sarah Palin speaks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority 2013 conference in Washington last month.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – Is Sarah Palin thinking about reviving her political career? Asked by Sean Hannity if she might run for the Senate in Alaska next year, Palin said she had considered it—at other people's request—but she is waiting to see who else steps up and whether "there will be some new blood, new energy," Newsbusters reports. She told Hannity Democrat Mark Begich "needs to be replaced," and "any American with a heart for service has to always have in the back of their mind that they would do anything, everything that they could to help the cause."

Polls show that Palin would have a good chance in a Republican primary, despite dismal approval ratings among both Alaskans and Republicans. Many analysts suspect Palin plans to keep people guessing for a long time but won't end up actually entering the race. "Personally, I’ll believe it when I see it," tweeted Republican strategist Brian Walsh. "She does a good job keeping her name out there on one thing or another though." Still, "if you’re a young former officeholder with a base of loyal supporters, you have no incentive to rule out running for something when someone asks if you might, whatever your true feelings about it are," notes AllahPundit at HotAir.