Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor who resigned to become a book author, celebrity and media raconteur has now hired a Washington insider to serve as her chief-of-staff, a move to demonstrate her intent to run for President in 2012.

Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin

She added a veteran Republican strategist in a surprise move, to serve as chief-of-staff for her political action committee, Sarah PAC. Considering her long campaign against the machinations of Washington politicians and political insiders, this hiring is quite the antithesis of her personal political platform.

Michael Glassner, longtime adviser to former Kansas senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole, who is also an attorney, signed on to guide the former Alaska governor’s political operation while she considers a possible 2012 presidential bid. While the term “possible” is official, in truth, it’s quite evident a run for the highest office in the land is being planned.

Glassner managed vice presidential operations during John McCain’s unsuccessful White House bid in 2008.

Ms. Palin is considered by many political analysts to have a tough road ahead, having a long line of political mistakes, public blunders and quirky statements in her history. More and more Americans who once supported her during the 2008 campaign in which she ran as John McCain’s vice presidential partner are running (not walking) away from her, having lost faith in her ability to lead.