“Cult of Personality”? Does Obama have a cult of personality?
As Magiver said, Governor is already a much more powerful position than Senator. And historically, being in the Senate does not make for a good launching bad to the White House. Governorships do.
If she wants to make a national splash, she can. She can become head of the Republican National Committee, or work with the National Governor’s Association, or write books, or just make herself available as a ‘talking head’ on the Sunday talk shows the way Joe Biden and John Kerry have. Or, she could represent a think tank, or become the spokesperson for any number of causes, just take it upon herself to comment on current events and give speeches. Fred Thompson has done a pretty good job of staying in the spotlight in Republican circles, and he doesn’t even hold elective office.
Or, she could just do a damned fine job in Alaska for the next four years and let the record speak for itself.
Becoming a Senator means giving up executive power, a Governor’s mansion, and all the other perks that go with it, in favor being just another of 100 yammering politicians horsetrading deals from small Senate offices.