Analysis: Heady days for Palin in midterm campaigns

(Reuters) – These are heady days for Sarah Palin, who is wielding considerable clout within the Republican Party in the run-up to November 2 U.S. congressional elections.

The conservative, self-styled “mama grizzly” from Alaska, who loves to pick a fight with Democrats and the news media, is branding herself as a national leader of a Republican Party that currently lacks one.

Will she run for U.S. president in 2012? Her supporters would love her to do so, but until she announces a decision, Palin is promoting conservative political allies in the race for seats in the midterm vote.

Consider the case of Karen Handel. She is among Republicans running for the party’s nomination to become the next governor of the state of Georgia.