What's Next for Sarah Palin After the Break With Fox News?

Part of the Debate and the Fight for the Party

Of course, Palin does want more than just piles of money, and that's why you won't see her going anywhere.

She wants a voice and wants to be part of the debate, especially when it comes to deciding the shape of the future Republican Party, and she'll do that by backing House and Senate candidates.

It's something we saw in the primaries, where some of her endorsements clearly helped, although it's hard to tell by how much. Deb Fischer pulled off a surprise win in the Nebraska GOP Senate primary, then defeated Bob Kerrey. Palin also backed Richard Mourdock, who won his high-profile primary against the six-term Dick Lugar, but thanks to his bizarre comments about rape, he lost to Democrat Joe Donnelly.

She also backed Ted Cruz, who was victorious in Texas. But many other conservatives did just as well. And her record wasn't perfect, but even those moments weren't always mistakes. In the GOP Senate primary, she backed Sarah Steelman over Todd Akin. Akin, of course won, but after his disastrous comments about "legitimate rape" Palin told Fox News Channel's Greta van Susteren she "won't gloat about it, but I was right."

I think it's very clear she will get involved in the midterm elections, especially in the primaries. She told Bannon that "focus on the 2014 election is also imperative. It's going to be like 2010, but this time around we need to shake up the GOP machine that tries to orchestrate away too much of the will of constitutional conservatives who don't give a hoot how they do it in D.C. D.C. is out of touch, obviously."

It's easy to write her off, but if we take a look back at the many times so many people have and how much she clearly enjoys proving those people wrong, I think it's pretty easy to tell that another reinvention of Sarah Palin is more likely. As she told Breitbart, "We delight in those who underestimate us."

I don't believe an Arizona (or Alaska) Senate run is something that will happen, nor will there be another cycle of "will she-won't she run for president," but she'll likely want to keep us guessing, telling Bannon, "As far as long-term plans, the door is wide open."

Shushannah Walshe covers politics for ABC News and is also the co-author of "Sarah From Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar."

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