Bad news: Media “confused” by Palin’s bus tour; Update: Tour to include stops in Iowa

posted at 2:45 pm on May 30, 2011 by Allahpundit

I’m less confused than they are, but there is one aspect of it that I don’t get.

Day 2 of Sarah Palin’s bus tour, and the former vice presidential nominee has prompted little more than confusion at exactly what she is up to.

Palin started Memorial Day at the National Archives in Washington, but the only reporters who made it to her brief media availability there were those who happened to see tourists posting on Twitter that they had spotted her…

For supporters and reporters looking for more details, Palin isn’t providing. Palin’s staff has been either unresponsive to reporters’ requests or told them to check the SarahPAC website, which only updates with information after she’s stopped somewhere.

CNN reported Monday that some of Palin’s supporters had already started to gather midday at Gettysburg in hopes that she might be on her way. But by then, Palin’s bus was rolling into Mount Vernon instead.

The Times snarks that, notwithstanding the branded bus she’s riding around in and the obvious campaign implications of a tour that’s destined for New Hampshire, she’s “made it quite clear that she just wants to be left alone.” Which isn’t really true: She’s been chatting with supporters along the way but keeping her interactions with the media scrum that’s following her around to a minimum. Why make a huge press splash by announcing a tour of the country’s major historical sites and then not do any media availabilities or photo ops with local pols along the way? Time’s Jay Newton-Small speculates:

Where does she go next? North –her staff will say nothing more. Political reporters have fanned out from Antietam to Gettysburg on Sunday afternoon in anticipation of her next potential stop. Congratulations, Sarah Palin, you have turned the Washington press corps into a bunch of paparazzi stalking your every move.

As Palin moves up the East Coast, ending her trip in politically important New Hampshire, the press seems poised to follow. I would say Palin’s goal is to torture the “lame stream media,” but there may be more going through her mind. In many ways, it’s a smart ploy. The frustration and time spent looking for Palin, only to have her say next to nothing, is driving the press wild. Even if it yields few stories, Palin still controls her own message by blogging the trip herself, and forcing everyone to check her website to see what she’s saying and where she’s going.

The goal of the road trip seems to be two fold: 1) to bring the attention back to her after months of laying low, and 2) raise money for her political acti0n committee ahead of June’s Federal Election Commission reporting deadline.

Exactly. She needed the media to help put the word out about the bus tour, but once that mission was accomplished, she made SarahPAC a near-exclusive outlet for coverage. The photos of her at the National Archives posted there right now are, in fact, exclusive from what I can tell. It’s very much Palin’s M.O. to want to reach her supporters directly, without any media filter, so that makes sense. And like Newton-Small says, it’s smart politics to elevate SarahPAC’s profile given the prominence of the “Donate” button on the site. (Even the bus tour pop-up that greets you there contains a donation link.) If she’s serious about running, she’ll have to bankroll the campaign through small contributions. Pegging the bus tour to the website now is a shrewd way to nudge her supporters into thinking about that.

Or maybe it’s even more than that:

Sarah Palin’s “One Nation” Bus Tour launched Sunday, but is it an unofficial exploratory phase for a potential 2012 run or is it a Palin family vacation stopping in historic sites in the Northeast? The answer may well be both.

According to a source with knowledge of Palin’s operation and thinking, keep a careful eye on how long the tour lasts, because it is intended as a way to test the presidential waters. If the road trip ends abruptly, it’s a sign she didn’t get the enthusiastic responses she believes she needs to launch a campaign. If the tour heads to regions outside of the Northeast like Iowa and South Carolina that, the source says, is a “big indicator” that Palin will pull the trigger.

If that’s true, that she’s using the tour to gauge grassroots interest in her candidacy, then they must be keeping a close eye on the daily donation take too. It’s a better indicator of enthusiasm than the crowds at the tour stops, needless to say, since it’s immune from bad weather, people having other plans over the holiday, etc. Which brings me to the one aspect of this that I don’t understand: Why not announce her itinerary in advance on the SarahPAC website? Having huge crowds of supporters waiting to meet her at each stop would make for dynamite photo ops, especially in contrast to the palpable lack of excitement surrounding Romney and Pawlenty. Could be she’s worried that announcing the schedule in advance would also bring out the Palin critics, but that’s an unavoidable risk for any pol making a public appearance. Plus, her supporters are famously more devoted than most politicians’; I’d bet cash money that the cheers from local supporters would swamp any boos along the way. Why not give them a heads up?

Update: Another big Palin scoop for RCP, which obviously has an inside track with SarahPAC:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will travel to Iowa next month as part of her nationwide bus tour, two sources with direct knowledge of the plan told RealClearPolitics…

Though Palin has insisted that her “One Nation” bus tour — being kicked off from Washington over the holiday weekend — is intended merely to “highlight America’s foundation,” RCP has learned that the road trip was designed as a test run to find out whether she can execute a decidedly unconventional campaign game plan.

Palin — and especially her husband, Todd — is said to be leaning toward running. But multiple sources said that their foremost remaining concern was whether it would be logistically feasible for their large family to hit the road together for the next several months in a prospective campaign that would rely heavily on bus travel.

The Shushannah Walshe piece that I quoted above also called the bus tour a test run — and said that if it detoured to Iowa, that’d be a “big indicator” that she was in. On the other hand, we already knew that the “Undefeated” movie would debut in Iowa next month; although there was no confirmation that Palin would attend the opening (RCP’s story about the movie claimed “Palin aides have not yet decided whether the former governor will play an active role in the film’s premiere”), it’s no great surprise that she might, in which case it makes sense that the bus tour might end up there. Smoking gun that she’s running or not?


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Why make a huge press splash by announcing a tour of the country’s major historical sites and then not do any media availabilities or photo ops with local pols along the way?

Eh, sounds smart. Even Karl Rove has suggested that she’s changing the rules – and that often the stronger candidates embrace the new rules quicker.

What good is the media anyway? Perhaps Palin has calculated that they are more of a negative than a positive. If her reasoning is correct (and there’s evidence to suggest that), then she’s doing the right thing.

MeatHeadinCA on May 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

SHE IS NOT RUNNING

she will not run.

there is no reason to believe she will run.

END

Drunk Report on May 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Lets just hope to goodness Sarah has gotten people around her that don’t blab to the press! It is darn hard to find people you can trust. Sarah learned her lesson last time, lets hope the lesson holds together. BTW, Palin/West.
L

letget on May 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Smoking gun that she’s running or not?

Smoking gun? Um…yes, she’s running

WisRich on May 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I don’t understand why people would hit the donate button for a person who hasn’t decided (or is playing silly games about) whether or not she’s going to run.

scalleywag on May 30, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Lets just hope to goodness Sarah has gotten people around her that don’t blab to the press! It is darn hard to find people you can trust. Sarah learned her lesson last time, lets hope the lesson holds together. BTW, Palin/West.
L

letget on May 30, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I’m pretty sure she’s not going to hire a whole bunch of the McCain people.

MeatHeadinCA on May 30, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Drunk Report on May 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM
good one :)

djohn669 on May 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM

The media is having trouble figuring out an angle to attack Palin with?

That’s a first.

BruthaMan on May 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Hey, am I alone in wondering why HA isn’t covering WeinerGate?

trapeze on May 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I’m pretty convinced she’s running, but part of her strategy is to run as a “Jacksonian populist” IMO. Hence, this quote on Sarahpac:

The Lincoln Memorial reminds us that ours is to be a government “of the people, by the people and for the people” and it’s with gratefulness for past generations that we can commit ourselves to living out the promises and values etched on those memorial walls.

And that’s what this tour is all about.

- Sarah Palin

cs89 on May 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM

What some have brought up…Does this look like Palin’s team seems like they’re not up to the challenges of a POTUS run, if they can’t even schedule a bus trip?

Honestly, I’m not quite sure what to make of it, but again…I’d love to go see her. If only I knew where she’d be.

JetBoy on May 30, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Van Susteren posted on her blog Monday. “We were told to check their website for any information they are releasing. He said they don’t want the media following them, and that includes us.”

Well whatever she is doing she appears to be serious about it.

whbates on May 30, 2011 at 2:57 PM

She’s very canny with her strategy and she is confounding the hell outta’ everyone…
Lolz.

OmahaConservative on May 30, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Good! Let’s shake up the otherwise boring, establishment-heavy slate of GOP candidates.

I pray either Palin or Perry run. Any of them would be way better than the RINOs that would do everything to win the primaries and then proceed to lose the general by running lacklustre campaigns.

TheRightMan on May 30, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Hey, am I alone in wondering why HA isn’t covering WeinerGate?

trapeze on May 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM

There were a few headlines threads on it yesterday.

JetBoy on May 30, 2011 at 2:57 PM

There is every reason to believe she’s running and she will win.

meci on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

I have to agree that it makes no sense not to post her itinerary on the site.She is the attraction. Why would you let people who are on your side play the guessing game and then get really pizzed that they waited for hours to no avail?

Southernblogger on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Here is the reason Palin is gaming the bus tour coverage, confusing the elite media –

WEINER-gate VS THUNDER-gnome: More examples of sorry reporting
…… Can you even begin to imagine the type of elite media coverage on the Palins if either Sarah or Todd have tweeted a scandalous picture to a young, attractive co-ed? Katie Couric may even have come out of retirement for that one!

Mutnodjmet on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Although I remain a Palin supporter, I’ve given up trying to decipher her campaign strategy–that is, if she’s choosing to run. From my perspective, given the sorry state of things, it would be unpatriotic for strong GOP candidates not to run. Our country is currently led by a pack of hardcore socialist ideologues whose beliefs run counter to everything this nation was founded upon. You’re unwilling to stand against them? Please.

And don’t offer up that ‘I’m thinking of the consequences for my family’ canard, either. The nature of the job inherently demands enduring the occasional tough campaign, which for GOP candidates always includes unfair and hostile media coverage.

troyriser_gopftw on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Who is paying? SarahPAC? If so then it is a campaign bus. So, why did she say it isn’t? If it is a family vacation then she should pay for herself, and use the money to help win the Congress.

Can PAC money be used to take your family on vacation?

petunia on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

The Gotcha Gang stalks her as we speak… or blog.

faraway on May 30, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Day 2 of Sarah Palin’s bus tour, and the former vice presidential nominee has prompted little more than confusion at exactly what she is up to.

The Mainstream Media is confused – I don’t see that as exactly a great feat to accomplish.

Dr Evil on May 30, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Drunk Report on May 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM
Oy.

chewmeister on May 30, 2011 at 3:00 PM

SHE IS NOT RUNNING

she will not run.

there is no reason to believe she will run.

END

Drunk Report on May 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

…says the DRUNK REPORT. Tee…hee…hee

TheRightMan on May 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Well. This isn’t going to be boring.

ElectricPhase on May 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

She’s driving the media bonkers, so fun to watch!

idesign on May 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Oh, and remember all the “experts” complaining that she wasn’t doing the “one-on-one, retail politicking” in places like Iowa?

That would be pretty much impossible if she said “I’m going to be at abc diner in Ames at 10 AM on Friday” & then no one could get to the door by 7 AM because of all the media trucks.

Looks like she just hopped on a bus, and will stop where she wants. The pictures & crowds (and, I think, donations) will follow.

She’s pretty shrewd, I think…

cs89 on May 30, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Mutnodjmet on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

The whole point is that she is trying to bypass the media and go directly to the public. That would be easier if the public knew where to be. It is not as if she has to engage the media or answer their questions.

Southernblogger on May 30, 2011 at 3:02 PM

It’s the vacation of a lifetime for the family. Or maybe one of the vacations of a lifetime, because Trig isn’t old enough to remember this.

unclesmrgol on May 30, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Can PAC money be used to take your family on vacation?

petunia on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Why don’t you ask Obama?

TheRightMan on May 30, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Hey, am I alone in wondering why HA isn’t covering WeinerGate?

trapeze on May 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Ed seems to be convinced that Weiner was Hacked. LOL
At least that’s what he said on the (NARN) radio show yesterday, after all only a Republican would be subject to baseless speculation before the facts a known anyway.

whbates on May 30, 2011 at 3:03 PM

petunia on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM
Who said she is using pac money to pay for this, besides you? The start of yet another baseless Palin conspiracy. Oh the horror.

chewmeister on May 30, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Who is paying? SarahPAC? If so then it is a campaign bus. So, why did she say it isn’t? If it is a family vacation then she should pay for herself, and use the money to help win the Congress.

Can PAC money be used to take your family on vacation?

petunia on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Your confusion amuses me…LOL

idesign on May 30, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Can PAC money be used to take your family on vacation?

petunia on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Why don’t you ask Obama?

TheRightMan on May 30, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on May 30, 2011 at 3:04 PM

“This woman won’t follow our rules! We can’t trust her with the nuclear codes!!”

That’s pretty much what George Will said yesterday on ABC.

SouthernGent on May 30, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Dr

unk Report on May 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

Drunk Report??? Are you Jack Cafferty?

bw222 on May 30, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Why not announce her itinerary in advance on the SarahPAC website? Having huge crowds of supporters waiting to meet her at each stop would make for dynamite photo ops, especially in contrast to the palpable lack of excitement surrounding Romney and Pawlenty.

She probably wants to meet people in between the haters and the fans.
Or she just dont have the heart to put Mitt-Paw in the shadows..

the_nile on May 30, 2011 at 3:05 PM

She’s driving the mediamedia/Dems/RINOs bonkers, so fun to watch!

idesign on May 30, 2011 at 3:01 PM

FIFY, or should I say, enhanced it for you.

TheRightMan on May 30, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Karl Rove will be $hittin’ bricks if she goes to IA…

OmahaConservative on May 30, 2011 at 3:05 PM

petunia on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

A. Yes, Sarahpac is paying.

B. No, it isn’t a campaign. Sarahpac couldn’t pay for her to officially “campaign,” anyway, which you would know if you paid attention to the comments in threads you incessantly spam.

C. I’m sure the financial reports will be submitted to the FEC, with the i’s dotted & t’s crossed for proper expenditures. If you don’t like her spending PAC money bringing publicity to the National Archives, etc., DON’T DONATE! (as if you were anyway…)

D. Thanks for your concern. It has been duly noted.

cs89 on May 30, 2011 at 3:05 PM

So much two dimensional thinking…

Sharr on May 30, 2011 at 3:05 PM

“made it quite clear that she just wants to be left alone.”

Could be a hint in here as to why she’s not talking to the MFM. Could be she wants to be left alone…maybe I’m reading too much into it…

winston on May 30, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Press Release,SarahCudian Forces:
(Snark)
************************************

Secrecy is of the utmost,due to the Lefty meltdowns,
and of denying the other side to plot sobatagey,in
the form of ASTRO_TURFING!

The element of surprise is paramount,so as to once again,
not allow every Lefty WACK-JOB,in SEEDING/PLANTING/STACKING!

Political Operatives,Anti-War MoonBats,Union Goons will be
denied the ability,to Lauch a Political Progressive Insurgen
tcy,of DISRUPTION!!!

And,for the prevention,of a MSM Narration/Narrative Operatio
n,that will DISTORT,and MANUFACTURE FALSEHOODS!!!

BTW,if you see DNC/ProgTard Forces trailing Sarah`s Bus,
REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY,to the Mama Grizzly Seal
Team 10!

Thank-You,

SarahCudian Revolutionary Voter Guards!

canopfor on May 29, 2011 at 10:50 PM

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Who is paying? SarahPAC? If so then it is a campaign bus. So, why did she say it isn’t? If it is a family vacation then she should pay for herself, and use the money to help win the Congress.

Can PAC money be used to take your family on vacation?

petunia on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

PAC money can be used for any kind of activism in the organization’s charter. Not all PACs are campaign organs.

gryphon202 on May 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM

FIFY, or should I say, enhanced it for you.

TheRightMan on May 30, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Thanks for the contribution…LOL

idesign on May 30, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Can PAC money be used to take your family on vacation?

petunia on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

I’m sure Piper has been saying, “Mommy, mommy, please take me to Iowa. Watching corn grow is so exciting.”

bw222 on May 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM

What some have brought up…Does this look like Palin’s team seems like they’re not up to the challenges of a POTUS run, if they can’t even schedule a bus trip?

Honestly, I’m not quite sure what to make of it, but again…I’d love to go see her. If only I knew where she’d be.

If you don’t know the plan, how can you criticize it? Jason Recher and Doug McMarlin are very good at logistics. There is a trip plan. You and the media may not understand it, but I guess Palin thinks that you don’t need to understand it.

NoNails on May 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM

petunia on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

donate Sarahpac on every ad i see with one nation tour,
we call this, lets see fundraising, which means sarahpac can pay for tour. see how easy that is.

djohn669 on May 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM

The whole point is that she is trying to bypass the media and go directly to the public. That would be easier if the public knew where to be. It is not as if she has to engage the media or answer their questions.

Southernblogger on May 30, 2011 at 3:02 PM

The public will know where she is when they see the bus rolling through and run into her. If she doesn’t schedule the trip publicly, no one can accuse her of contriving the trip for publicity purposes. I think it’s an ingenious dodge of the whole “publicity whore” meme, myself.

gryphon202 on May 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Drip, drip, drip…

The media is going to have a collective nervous breakdown over this.

Good. They deserve every tug making their straightjacket tighter.

I have written about this before, but now I get to actually test my hypothesis:

Howie Carr (talk radio host in Boston) had Newt on as a guest about a week ago.

In the conversation, Newt made mention that at an event in Iowa he expected a dozen or so people to show up. He was very, very pleased with himself that THREE dozen people showed up.

I immediately commented to myself that Palin could tweet that she was going to the end of her driveway to get her mail in five minutes and a hundred people would show up just to shake her hand.

Well, now we get to find out for sure. If she shows up somewhere along the Freedom Trail in Boston, or at the Concord Bridge, I suppose I’ll have a few hour’s notice to hit the road – onnacounta I’m not missing this.

I’m going to do my part to fire the Marxist by doing all I can to get the Mamma Grizzly a four year lease at 1600 Penna. Ave.

turfmann on May 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM

PAC money can be used for any kind of activism in the organization’s charter. Not all PACs are campaign organs.

gryphon202 on May 30, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Petunia must’ve missed the ’10 elections.

MeatHeadinCA on May 30, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Oh, and remember all the “experts” complaining that she wasn’t doing the “one-on-one, retail politicking” in places like Iowa?

That would be pretty much impossible if she said “I’m going to be at abc diner in Ames at 10 AM on Friday” & then no one could get to the door by 7 AM because of all the media trucks.

Looks like she just hopped on a bus, and will stop where she wants. The pictures & crowds (and, I think, donations) will follow.

She’s pretty shrewd, I think…

cs89 on May 30, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Exactly , she dont need to sell her message to her fans , and the haters wont buy it today anyway.

Will it work? We’ll see.

the_nile on May 30, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Ummmm,why would Sarah,allow the Marxist Socialist Media,
near her,and more to the point,her family!?

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 3:10 PM

SouthernGent on May 30, 2011 at 3:05 PM

George Will, Karl Rove, Doc Krauthammer et al can go phuque themselves…

OmahaConservative on May 30, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Ummmm,why would Sarah,allow the Marxist Socialist Media,
near her,and more to the point,her family!?

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Good points.

MeatHeadinCA on May 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM

This is just a PR stunt.

Falz on May 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM

To those who say:

“Sarah Palin thinks the rules don’t apply to her,”

can you tell me why you think they do?

gryphon202 on May 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Ummmm,why would Sarah,allow the Marxist Socialist Media,
near her,and more to the point,her family!?

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 3:10 PM

She’s gonna have to deal with the MSM sometime, canop…she may has well start.

JetBoy on May 30, 2011 at 3:12 PM

This Tour alone will spawn a billion stories that aren’t true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Falz on May 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM
you keep believing that

djohn669 on May 30, 2011 at 3:12 PM

She’s gonna have to deal with the MSM sometime, canop…she may has well start.

JetBoy on May 30, 2011 at 3:12 PM

She may, but she’s definitely setting herself as the dominant one in the relationship. What will the media threaten to do if she doesn’t engage them now and how they want her to? Ignore her? I wish.

MeatHeadinCA on May 30, 2011 at 3:13 PM

She’s gonna have to deal with the MSM sometime, canop…she may has well start.

JetBoy on May 30, 2011 at 3:12 PM

She’s driving them batsh!t nuts right now, as we type. Maybe “dealing with them” is different to me than it is to you, but I don’t “deal with” hostile individuals by giving them what they want.

gryphon202 on May 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Hey, am I alone in wondering why HA isn’t covering WeinerGate?

trapeze on May 30, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Nope, there’re at least two of us.

petefrt on May 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM

This is just a PR stunt.

Falz on May 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM

No, not really. If Palin wanted PR … all she’d have to do is say “I’d like to give an interview to the media” and every media conglomerate from around the world would be beating a path to her, whereever she is.

darwin on May 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM

gryphon202 on May 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM

I guess we will see. I would want large crowds chanting Palin 2012 along with signs.

Southernblogger on May 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM

This reminds me of the Revolutionary War when the Redcoats would march in foremation and the colonists would pick them off.

bw222 on May 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Even Karl Rove has suggested that she’s changing the rules

It looks to me like old Sarah is like that thar rabbit who jus climbed a tree, leaving them old foxes sitten down and scratchen their behinds.

Karl Rove has been reduced from a kingmaker to a mere spectator and lowly 3rd level reporter. Which means Sarah has already improved the GOP.

Go Sarah!

Don L on May 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

She’s gonna have to deal with the MSM sometime, canop…she may has well start.

JetBoy on May 30, 2011 at 3:12 PM

My take is she certainly will deal with them … but on her terms.

darwin on May 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Media “confused” by Palin’s bus tour any and all shiny objects…especially if their liberal overlords haven’t published the rules on how treat them.

(Corrected defect in headline)

landlines on May 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Palin will be the first president who got elected through the simple expedient of giving the MSM a double-barrel middle finger. Count it.

Mord on May 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

I guess we will see. I would want large crowds chanting Palin 2012 along with signs.

Southernblogger on May 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Which unfortunately feeds into the “publicity whore” meme. To me it looks like a damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t sort of deal. So why bother?

gryphon202 on May 30, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Palin UncagedPalin Uncaged

We’ll see the real Sarah Palin now. No more McCain/Wallace/RINO losers holding her back.

She makes all the nancy boys in DC cry.

idesign on May 30, 2011 at 3:16 PM

She’s gonna have to deal with the MSM sometime, canop…she may has well start.

JetBoy on May 30, 2011 at 3:12 PM

In time of her choosing.

the_nile on May 30, 2011 at 3:17 PM

I guess we will see. I would want large crowds chanting Palin 2012 along with signs.

Southernblogger on May 30, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Spoken like a true wait-and-see observer. It’s like picking your favorite ball team the week before the world Series -not much conviction here.

Don L on May 30, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Perhaps Palin has calculated that they are more of a negative than a positive. If her reasoning is correct (and there’s evidence to suggest that), then she’s doing the right thing.

MeatHeadinCA on May 30, 2011 at 2:48 PM

This. And more. I think she’s made a conscious decision to de-fang them and minimize their ridiculous overreach of power. The blood libel surrounding the Giffords shooting told her once and for all the media is out of control and needs to be neutralized.

My only gripe is why is RCP getting all the scoops? You know she reads Hot Air! Show AP some love, Sarah!

John the Libertarian on May 30, 2011 at 3:17 PM

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 3:10 PM
She’s gonna have to deal with the MSM sometime, canop…she may has well start.

JetBoy on May 30, 2011 at 3:12 PM

JetBoy:Since 2008 I have followed every twist and turn,
and she is by-passing the media,going to the people,
its brilliant!

The Perception/Deception,of Sarah,by the MSM,is of
a HillBilly Twit from the Northern Sticks,where she
slaughters Moose/Turkeys,as an example,and the mere
mention of `’Palin’,to certain people,is,`’Oh her’!

Yup,the MSM alright!:)

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 3:18 PM

I’m sure Piper has been saying, “Mommy, mommy, please take me to Iowa. Watching corn grow is so exciting.”

bw222 on May 30, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Cow tipping can be a lot of fun…

steebo77 on May 30, 2011 at 3:18 PM

My only gripe is why is RCP getting all the scoops? You know she reads Hot Air! Show AP some love, Sarah!

John the Libertarian on May 30, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Maybe if she showed AP some love, he’d be less grumpy about her avoiding the media?

MeatHeadinCA on May 30, 2011 at 3:19 PM

In time of her choosing.

the_nile on May 30, 2011 at 3:17 PM

My take is she certainly will deal with them … but on her terms.

darwin on May 30, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Silly me…I forgot…

JetBoy on May 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Why not announce her itinerary in advance on the SarahPAC website?

And be ambushed by haters and the MSM ? Come on Allah.

She gets the word out by word of mouth. This is grassroots driven completely.

Sarah is seeing if you can win the Presidency in a non traditional manner. Because the Powers that be stack the deck against non insider.

William Amos on May 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM

I would say Palin’s goal is to torture the “lame stream media,”

That’s a byproduct. The main goal, IMHO, is that this is a sort of “Serendipity” Tour to see what people she meets think.

She doesn’t announce in advance because she knows those who are already behind her will be there at every stop. This is to understand if people who happen to be wherever she is could support her.

It makes a lot of sense to me. A good way to gauge reality.

INC on May 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM

My only gripe is why is RCP getting all the scoops? You know she reads Hot Air! Show AP some love, Sarah!

John the Libertarian on May 30, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Maybe if she showed AP some love, he’d be less grumpy about her avoiding the media?

MeatHeadinCA on May 30, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Allah and Ed already have their dance card filled up by the dazzling dynamic Pawlenty.

sharrukin on May 30, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Answer me this. Why is it there is a vocal contingent on the Right who will, both at the same time cry about media bias while also seek to kowtow to that same media?

The best answer is to treat this media with detached scorn and make it bow to you, on your terms. Not spoon feed it, or buy its premises without challenge.

Sharr on May 30, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Ummmm,why would Sarah,allow the Marxist Socialist Media,
near her,and more to the point,her family!?

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 3:10 PM
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Good points.

MeatHeadinCA on May 30, 2011 at 3:11 PM

MeatHeadinCA:Ugh,lately,on H/A,you think it was KOS!

Its the media that has launched(except FOX NEWS
)a Palin Scorched Earth Policy!

I wish Obama would get equal treatment,which
that alone,speaks volumes!!:)

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

The Horn has been blown.

Let the Palin thread 1000 count begin.

portlandon on May 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

petunia on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Your petulance is boundless. Everyone who donates to SarahPac knows that their money will not be used for a presidential campaign. Palin has made her objective of the tour very clear- she’s using it to bring awareness of our history and how that history has become the cornerstone of American exceptionalism.

If you spend a little time to use your head for something other than being a pain in the butt, you’d understand why this tour is a legitimate expenditure of the PAC.

Here’s the description of SarahPac:

Formed in January 2009, SarahPAC is a federally registered political action committee (PAC) dedicated to building America’s future by supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation.

SarahPAC believes America’s best days are ahead. Our country, founded on conservative principles and the fight for freedom, must confront the challenges of the 21st century with integrity, innovation, and determination.

SarahPAC believes energy independence is a cornerstone of the economic security and progress that every American family wants and deserves. We believe in American Exceptionalism, and that US foreign policy should, first and foremost, be based on the pursuit of our national interest, not the interests of others.

SarahPAC believes the Republican Party is at the threshold of an historic renaissance that will build a better future for all. Health care, education, and reform of government are among our key goals.

NoNails on May 30, 2011 at 3:24 PM

But, but, she’s irrelevent. So why are they going crazy trying to figure out where she will stop next?

JAM on May 30, 2011 at 3:24 PM

500+ posts of name calling coming up!

BallisticBob on May 30, 2011 at 3:24 PM

She’s gonna have to deal with the MSM sometime, canop…she may has well start.

JetBoy on May 30, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Did you missed the embedded clip in this post?

You know, the one with the red border & the letters “CNN” at the top? With the reporter asking questions, which she answered?

/s

I have no doubt she will engage the media- but it will be on her terms, not theirs.

If she runs, some of the debates will have “MSM media” moderators, and she’ll either perform or flop. I have no doubt she’ll do some non-Fox interviews- after she announces & her contract is void, probably. At this point, she can basically tell the network who she is willing to do an interview with & where, and they’d likely accomodate her.

Remember the “fishing trip” interviews after her resignation? I personally loved that, but maybe I’m just a masochist when it comes to journolistas…

cs89 on May 30, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Silly me…I forgot…

JetBoy on May 30, 2011 at 3:20 PM

You want a president asking the enemy for permission.

the_nile on May 30, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Resistance is futile…..

✯✯✯✯Prepare to be liberated!✯✯✯✯

idesign on May 30, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Pick a Side….Time to Choose!!
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January 21, 2011
Sarah Palin, Combat Veteran
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Apparently, America’s next big scheduled argument is whether women soldiers should be allowed in combat. Mark your calendars now to begin screaming your preferred talking points, yea or nay. Politics Daily:

A study commission chartered by Congress is poised to send up to Capitol Hill a recommendation that the last remaining barriers to women – those that formally exclude them from infantry, armor and special forces — be removed.

As far as I’m concerned, we already have our first female combat soldier, a breathtakingly brave warrior who suffers the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune for the sake of our freedom, every day.

Sarah Palin stands alone in America and the world. Name one other public figure anywhere on the globe today who symbolizes the uncompromising fight for liberty….Waiting…Waiting…

As for her Republican rivals, blogger Kevin DuJan of Hillbuzz has sure got their number: they’re not activist members of a political party; they’re lazy guests at a Cocktail Party.

While Sarah is putting her life at risk — staffers say that since the Tucson blood libel, she’s getting death threats at an “unprecedented rate” — Mitt Romney can’t even bother to lead from the rear. He’s hanging around the country club, eating soggy cucumber-and-mayonnaise sandwiches, and waiting for Sarah to win the war. Then he’ll gallop on to the battlefield, hair stylist in tow, and flash his Dudley Do Right grin. Naturally, conservative pundits will traipse along and dutifully applaud his “gravitas” and outstanding presidential “qualifications.” So much worthier than Sarah, don’t you know!

As for Newt Gingrich, he took time off from his busy schedule of cuddling up to Nancy Pelosi on global warming, to sneak onto the battlefield and lob grenades — at Sarah. Hey, right back at ya, pal. Then there’s Mike Huckabee, who, when last heard from, was off somewhere exchanging diet tips with violent cons whose life sentences he had blithely commuted.

Tim Pawlenty, a ghostly presence at best, briefly materialized to murmur vague accusations against Sarah, and then faded into the woodwork once again. Wow! Leadership in action! All hail the mighty Tim!

You want leadership; you want steel spine; you want results? Helllooooo…What happened in Congress Wednesday? The House voted to repeal ObamaCare, 245 – 189, with the Republicans voting unanimously for repeal.

To whom do we owe this victory, more than anyone else, clearly and unequivocally? Sarah Palin. She showed us courage in real time, leading in every possible way: philosophically, strategically, tactically, and financially. Next to combat-hardened Sarah, every single Republican man is a trembling dwarf.

In case they haven’t noticed (they haven’t), we’re living through the most dangerously divided time in American history since the Civil War. As Abraham Lincoln once said,

“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.”
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So it is in our time. Either we will quickly re-establish a government that fears the people, or the people will fear the government – permanently. Freedom is lethally hard to obtain, and frighteningly easy to lose. Right now, freedom is dying.

When America first met Sarah Palin, she praised her running mate, John McCain, with these words: “There’s only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you.” Well, there’s a new election starting now, and there’s not a single man in it who has ever bestirred himself to really fight for you.

There’s only a woman. The Republican establishment loathes Sarah Palin; the conservative commentariat needs smelling salts at the very mention of her name; and the ruling class took a blood oath to destroy not just her, but her family, too.

But none of that matters, because a ragtag army of freedom-loving Americans knows who’s got the guts of a real Commander-in-Chief. President Palin, we’ll see you on January 20, 2013.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/01/sarah_palin_combat_veteran.htm

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 9:14 AM

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Answer me this. Why is it there is a vocal contingent on the Right who will, both at the same time cry about media bias while also seek to kowtow to that same media?

Battered wife syndrome. ‘He only hits me when he’s drunk or I burn the eggs.’

The best answer is to treat this media with detached scorn and make it bow to you, on your terms. Not spoon feed it, or buy its premises without challenge.

Sharr on May 30, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Yup. Reduce them to the role of reporting the news rather than making it, or fabricating the narrative.

sharrukin on May 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Allah and Ed already have their dance card filled up by the dazzling dynamic Pawlenty.

sharrukin on May 30, 2011 at 3:21 PM

I think Ed is more in that camp. AP, well, I don’t know and I kind of don’t care. What’s he going to do? Eeyore for Palin?

MeatHeadinCA on May 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Who is paying? SarahPAC? If so then it is a campaign bus. So, why did she say it isn’t? If it is a family vacation then she should pay for herself, and use the money to help win the Congress.

Can PAC money be used to take your family on vacation?

petunia on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

It’s not a campaign bus. It’s her family RV.

With that in mind, the rest of your post is irrelevant musings.

powerpro on May 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Can PAC money be used to take your family on vacation?

petunia on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

File an ethics complaint Jean I mean….Petunia.

portlandon on May 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

have to agree that it makes no sense not to post her itinerary on the site.She is the attraction. Why would you let people who are on your side play the guessing game and then get really pizzed that they waited for hours to no avail?

Southernblogger on May 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

You all still don’t get it do you….it’s not about her it’s about the stops. She is weavering a message by where she chooses to stop. she is writting a story as she travels. The pres sare forced to report on the stops.

she made the first stop at a rally for the veterans. the foundation that everything is based on. her next stop was the archives and placing the documents there as the legal foundation of the country. Next she went to Mt. Vernon home of our first President. showing the foundation of our leaders…..

Now she is at FT Mchenry the foundation for our national anthem.

the stops are the story not her. It is her campaign theme writ large. If she posts her stops beforehand the crowds will make it about her not the stops.

By making the story about the stops she by staying in the background becomes the personification of those places. she attaches herself to the stops.

unseen on May 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Why should she cut the media any slack?

Publicity stunt? Sarah Palin can tour anyplace she wants to and if she wants to ride in a patriotic bus, so be it. So far, that activity is still legal.

The left is scared to death of her and I believe the GOP candidates fear her too.

People can call her all kinds of names and declare that she’s incompetent, but why all the negative attention for someone who is not feared? Doesn’t make sense.

Oink on May 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Free publicity….look at all the free publicity.

Mystery and intrigue are the best and biggest public relations and advertising gimmicks in the book.

Don’t believe me? Take a stroll down the “mystery; intrigue and suspense” subject bookstore aisle sometime…!!

Mcguyver on May 30, 2011 at 3:26 PM

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