Erika Johnsen

I was beginning to seriously doubt that Sarah Palin would ever actually jump in to the 2012 GOP presidential race, but now I'm not so sure. On FoxNews on Tuesday night, Governor Palin made it clear that she still thinks there is plenty of time for more candidates to join the fray.

“There is still time, Sean, and I think on both sides of the aisle I think you’re going to see people coming and going from this race,” she said on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show tonight. “And I’m still one of those still considering the time factor.”

When Hannity said the former Alaska governor would have to decide by November, at the latest, for legal reasons, she agreed — to an extent.

“You do, I mean legally you do,” she said. “But I do think Sean, this is going to be such an unconventional election cycle. … Mark my word, it is going to be an unconventional type of election process.”

According to a new McClatchy/Marist poll released Tuesday (granted, it is only one poll), the GOP has got Obama on the run, and a Palin campaign seems increasingly plausible.

A new McClatchy-Marist poll finds that Obama looks increasingly vulnerable in next year's election, with a majority of voters believing he'll lose to any Republican, a solid plurality saying they'll definitely vote against him and most potential Republican challengers gaining on him.

Even in potential matchups where he leads, Obama in most cases has lost ground to the Republican.

The biggest gain came for Palin, the former Alaska governor who hasn't yet announced whether she'll jump into the fast-changing race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

After trailing Obama by more than 20 percentage points in polls all year, the new national survey, taken Sept. 13-14, found Palin trailing the president by just 5 points, 49-44 percent. The key reason: She now leads Obama among independents, a sharp turnaround.

Given that Sarah Palin has been such a divisive figure for the past three years, this has got to be an encouraging indicator for those concerned with her electability. Americans are getting fed up with President Obama's continually failing policies, and it feels like an "Anybody Except Obama" mentality is beginning to creep into the minds of the middle-of-the-road/independent/swing voters who voted for Obama the last time around.

Erika Johnsen

Erika Johnsen is a Web Editor for and Townhall Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @erikajohnsen.