So says the always interesting English observer of Republican politics, Tim Stanley. And he's right about Palin being a towering figure in the Republican party, though out of office and unpopular with the GOP establishment. This is due not to her ideology--she's a thoroughgoing warmonger and statist under the neocon thumb of Bill Kristol--but her style and class. Ron Paul, I might note, is hated by the entire establishment, GOP and otherwise, for being the anti-neocon, and for his populism, too.
Rom can't ignore Ron, but Ron can certainly ignore Rom. Mitt is, after all, in all his various incarnations, always Mr. Un-Paul.