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The day after (Updated)

From David Hulen in Anchorage --

The what's-Palin-do-now? speculating continues. Here's a sampling from TV today, with much more surely to follow:

1. Former Huckabee campaign manager Chip Saltsman on Fox News Channel ("What we saw with that speech was the first speech of the 2012 primary season. That was a campaign stump speech.")

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2. The CBS Early Show had former Bush speechwriter David Frum (Palin presidency "impossible") and commentator Ann Coulter (Palin has "amazing star power.") with sharply different views on Palin's future.

3. This from MSNBC's "Morning Joe," with NBC's Norah O'Donnell in Fairbanks (she reports Palin's PAC has raised more than $1 million, "plenty of cash to travel across this country.") and Pat Buchanan (he thinks Palin will write her book, lecture for money, campaign for others in the 2010 congressional races then assess her own chances in the 2012 presidential election).

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4. Alaska blogger and commentator Shannyn Moore on MSNBC's "Countdown": "Political post-traumatic stress disorder....This is a really small state. The conditions here can get really rough. She went over those in great eloquence yesterday. And you can't afford to have the, sort of, bitter divides when someone's broke down on the side of the road at 10 below. You don't look at their bumper stickers. You just stop and help them. And the division, the bitterness and the nastiness here...all her allies were thrown under the bus."

5. Bill O'Reilly: "Regular folks tend to like regular folks. And she's regular folks."

6. Also from MSNBC: A discussion, involving O'Donnell and Moore, on guest host Donny Deutsch's theory that "the reason we have a fascination with Sarah Palin, men and women, this is the first woman in power that has sexual appeal and people don't know what to do with it."

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