Gov. Sarah Palin took a big step today by launching SarahPAC, her own official Political Action Committee. For those not familiar with the term, a PAC will allow Sarah to raise a lot of money, which can then be distributed to Republican candidates around the country. This serves two primary purposes: First, it gets Sarah into the monetary side of politics, which will help her to network with other Republicans running for office - and it's a lot easier to get people to work with (or endorse) when you personally donated a big chunk of change to their campaign. Secondly, PAC formation can be the first baby step toward a future presidential campaign. It provides a fundraising operation, a rudimentary organization, and (most importantly) a war chest which can be used as seed money when someone does decide to enter a national race. Most of the candidates who entered the 2008 race had personal PACs long before they had exploratory committees. If Sarah does decide to enter the 2012 race, a fully-functional SarahPAC would be able to morph into the Committee to Elect Sarah Palin in 2012.
So, please stop by the shiny new SarahPAC website (and donate some cash if you feel so inclined.) Something tells me that, given the type of following that Gov. Palin has built, SarahPAC could become a VERY sucessful fundraising operation.