Here's something that you may have seen coming: Sarah Palin, TLC reality-show star and former vice presidential candidate, is "considering" a 2014 run for Senate in Alaska. It'd be for the seat that's held by Democrat Mark Begich.
Here's something else that's surely completely unrelated to Palin stoking the idea of another stab at political office: She has two books coming out soon.
First up is her book on fitness that she told People magazine she was working on last year. She hyped it up to People in October as a book "on fitness and self-discipline focusing on where we get our energy and balance as we still eat our beloved homemade comfort foods!" No word yet on an official release date, or a publisher.
But that's not all. In November, Palin will be releasing A Happy Holiday IS a Merry Christmas through HarperCollins. In a statement, Palin said that the book will be "fun, festive, [and] thought provoking" and "will encourage all to see what is possible when we unite in defense of our faith and ignore the politically correct Scrooges who would rather take Christ out of Christmas."
The book buisness has been very kind to the Palin family. In the eight months after she left her job as governor in July 2009, Palin took in an estimated $12 million through book, television, and speaking deals. Her first book, Going Rogue, got her a $7 million deal on its own.
But that book came out in 2009, when Palin was at the peak of her postelection fame. That was four years ago. Without a doubt, she can still fetch a crowd, as this year's Conservative Political Action Conference can attest. But to make sure those numbers stay up? Sure doesn't hurt to publically consider another run at political life.