You’d think that the Thrilla from Wasilla’s promotion by the right wing for a 2012 run would manifest itself in a ton of favorable comments about Palin at the Republican Governors Association (RGA) convention. Based on some of the interviews of her peers, not so much. (Think Progress):

CNN: So let me ask you point blank, governor. Is she the future of the party?

   MARK SANFORD (SC): I don’t think I’d define it that way. [11/13/08]

   TIM PAWLENTY (MN): She [Palin] is going to be one of the voices that will help lead the party for months and years to come, clearly. … I also think it is too early to be talking about 2012. My goodness, we just had an election. People are sick of that. [MSNBC, 11/12/08]

   FOX: What do you think her future is?

   HALEY BARBOUR (MS): Well, I think the future she’s talking about is 2009 and 2010. [11/13/08]

   MATT BLUNT (MO): I think Republican governors were surprised when she [Palin] was selected, but at the same time they were impressed. … There are a lot of great candidates out there for 2012. I don’t think the American people want to – want to hear much about that at this point.[Fox News, 11/13/08]

   MSNBC: So broad hints there from Palin again today with reporters, certainly with Matt Lauer. Is that the solution?

   JON HUNTSMAN (UT): The solutions are going to be many-fold. You can’t look to one personality in particular. [11/12/08]

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