Obviously we can't know what is other peoples minds. Even when they tell us what they think and why they do things there is a good portion of doubt as everyone is the hero in the movie of their lives and heroes don't (at least the run of the mill heroes don't) have complex and conflicting desires and varying levels of the awareness of them.
Still, even given all the above, there are times when you have to wonder "I "X" really that staggeringly stupid?!?"
This is where I am with half-Gov. Sarah Palin this morning. The New York Times has a good piece running down the factors that make it look as though La Palin might actually be considering a run for the Republican nomination for president. She has bought a house in Arizona which would make travel easier (plus it gets her away from the Payton Place of the North that is Wasilla and all the antics of her meth fueled in-laws and out-laws).
She has rehired staffers who used to run her political appearances. She is having the dreadful documentary of her time as governor shown in Iowa and she is starting to schedule more appearances. All this looks like someone that is at the very least considering running.
Maybe it is the perception that the current Republican field is weak. Maybe it is that all the ones who are even vaguely reasonable as candidate are so damned boring. Last week I was waiting to see Tim Pawlenty give and interview and it was five minutes into the thing before I realized the picture was not just of a blank beige wall, but rather Gov. Pawlenty sitting there!