ABC News’ John Berman and Gary Langer report:
Sarah Palin says 2012 “can’t come soon enough.”
But for what? A dramatic run or the White House? Another reality show?
No, according to her latest post on Facebook, 2012 is so essential because it will end what she calls the president’s “war on domestic oil and gas exploration and production.”
Labeling President Obama as the “$4-per-gallon president,” she asserts, “The evidence of the president’s anti-drilling mentality and his culpability in the high gas prices hurting Americans is there for all to see.”
She criticizes the drilling moratorium following the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the proposed elimination of tax incentives for certain types of exploration, and what she calls his “anti-drilling regulatory policies.”
Palin states that the rising prices began before the current unrest in the Middle East: “Before we saw any protests in the Middle East, increased global demand led to a significant rise in oil prices; but the White House stood idly by watching the prices go up and allowing America to remain increasingly dependent on imports from foreign regimes in dangerously unstable parts of the world.”
Palin, who still seizes every opportunity to declare her mantra of “drill, baby, drill,” says, “the vast undeveloped reserves that could help to keep prices at the pump affordable remain locked up because of President Obama’s deliberate unwillingness to drill here and drill now.”
She makes no mention of nuclear energy, so much in the news following the disaster in Japan. But she continues a refrain that she has used in recent interview — claiming that the president is actively working to “weaken” the country.
She writes, “Energy is the building block of our economy. The president is purposely weakening that building block and weakening our country.”
She concludes with the phrase, “2012 can’t come soon enough.”
However, she makes no mention of whether her candidacy is more or less likely. Palin has been making no apparent moves to build the political apparatus for a national run.
According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, there might be relatively little enthusiasm for Palin to run, even among Republicans. Favorable impressions of Sarah Palin have dropped to a new low in her own party, with negative views of the former Alaska governor substantially exceeding those of other potential Republican presidential candidates.
Fifty-eight percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents see Palin favorably, in the top league with Mike Huckabee (61 percent), Mitt Romney (60 percent) and Newt Gingrich (55 percent).
But on the flip side she’s weaker: Thirty-seven percent see Palin unfavorably, exceeding Gingrich’s unfavorable rating by 11 points, Romney’s by 16 and Huckabee’s by 19.
And Palin’s favorability is 30 points lower than it was when she first burst on the national scene in 2008.
Watch my latest Good Morning America report on the 2012 presidential field here: