11/29/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sarah Palin Is Winning

I have said this before: There are only two political stars in the country. One is president, the other is Sarah Palin. They are both sui generis and cultish. They both have less to do with ideology and more to do with who they are. In both cases their careers did not lead them to run for president; rather, their careers took off because they seemed suddenly marketable enough to be president.

And yet Sarah Palin has been dismissed by almost every reputable political news source. Even Fox News seems skeptical when it comes to Palin. The exception is Politico, which, nearly on a daily basis, charts the creation of the Palin marketing effort and the shaping of the Palin brand.

In a piece today, Politico finds Palin, in a survey of regional Republicans, to be the singular personality within the party. According to Politico: "Most Republican Party leaders would jump at the chance to have her headline one of their events."

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