With rumors flying around this Memorial Day weekend that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is about to toss her hat in the ring of Republican presidential candidates, it was not surprising the Roundtable segment of Sunday's "This Week" began with this issue.
Even less surprising was that George Will kicked off the segment with something clever to say about it (video follows with transcript and commentary):
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, HOST: Today, Republican presidential candidates are re-learning a tough lesson: No one steals a show like Sarah Palin. The former vice presidential candidate with a fondness for holiday weekend political theater is launching a new round of speculation with her "One Nation" bus tour. And here to read the tea leaves are ABC's George Will, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, the former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie, and ABC's senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl.
George, what is up? Is Sarah Palin going to run?
GEORGE WILL: I don't know.
AMANPOUR: What do you think?
WILL: Two things are infinite. One is the expanding universe, and the other is media attention to Sarah Palin, who's a genius at manipulating it.
Indeed she is.
In fact, at this point she probably doesn't care whether she gets good press or bad press.
As long as the media keep talking about her, the more money she makes and the more influence she has.
It's got to be galling them - isn't it grand?