Marc Ambinder has a read on which politicos are close to, or advising, Sarah Palin.
Pam Pryor, a former RNC senior adviser, leads Palin’s political action committee and is orchestrating her outreach to social conservatives. Randy Scheunenmann remains her policy maestro, with informal assistance from his Orion Strategies colleague Michael Goldfarb, the former Weekly Standard writer and McCain campaign rapid responder. (Goldfarb did not return an e-mail seeking comment about his future in Palin’s world.) Fred Malek is perhaps the single Washington establishment figure that Palin turns to.
Add this to what we learned in 2009, that Becki Donatelli runs SarahPAC and that lawyer-around-town John Coale does whatever else needs to be done, and we’re left with a pretty small-time operation. No offense to any of the players, but compare this to Mitt Romney’s team — which just helped bring Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat over to the GOP — or Mike Huckabee’s industrious HuckPAC, or Tim Pawlenty’s aggressive, never-a-foot-wrong media and web operation, and it looks like an afterthought operation. The result: things like Palin leaning on a Pat Buchanan column to make a hawkish (!) case against Obama’s foreign policy.