One-time Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin may have sent a clear message to the political world, analysts say, by signing a deal to become a TV commentator.
That message: She's unlikely to run in the 2012 presidential race.
"I do think maybe it suggests, sadly for Democrats, that she might not be running," said Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala. "Democrats ... are pretty confident they can defeat Sarah Palin. She's not going to beat Barack Obama."
The former Alaska governor has signed a deal with Fox News to appear as a contributor on the network, a source with knowledge of the agreement confirms to CNN.
There are no plans for Palin to anchor her own program, the source said.
"Let's first hope for [Fox News President] Roger Ailes' sake that she doesn't quit that job the way she quit her job as governor of Alaska," Begala joked.
Nancy Pfotenhauer, a former McCain presidential campaign spokesperson, also indicated that Palin's new job is a possible sign of things to come.
"There's a slight indication she may not run," she said. "I assume this is a business decision on the part of both Fox News and on Gov. Palin's part."
Definitely surprised by this and surely she'll get even more grief from the whole lot of Palin-haters on the Left now that she's at FOX. Yet, she certainly has the resume to be a news pundit, the experience to know what she's talking about and the fight to take on Krazy Keith and rest of his minions at MSNBC who'll no doubt fall over themselves miserably in their lame attempts to smear her even more than they do now.