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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Smart is dumb and dumb is smart. We know.

MJBrutus on May 30, 2011 at 7:47 PM

In your case, dumb is still dumb.

idesign on May 30, 2011 at 8:05 PM

NoNails on May 30, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Excellent!

long_cat on May 30, 2011 at 8:08 PM

hehe

http://www.therightscoop.com/sarah-palin-i-dont-think-i-owe-anything-to-the-msm/

I just watched a reporter on CNN talk about the ‘chaos’ that is happening in trying to follow what Sarah Palin is doing on this bus tour. Looks like Sarah Palin is treating the MSM as they should be treated. In fact Greta asks her about it in this sneak preview for tomorrow night’s interview and Palin basically replied that she doesn’t owe them anything and that they need to do a little work if they want to follow her bus:

video at link

unseen on May 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Keep hiding Sarah.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM

NoNails on May 30, 2011 at 7:57 PM

More that come to mind:

She thinks North Korea is our ally

She thinks Africa is a country

Lewd pics of her on the internet are real

She’s “profoundly stupid” (direct quote from Chris Matthews)

She’s in it for power, fame, glory, money, and especially for her own self-aggrandizement

I get some satisfaction that Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson are both gone.

Paul-Cincy on May 30, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Smart is dumb and dumb is smart. We know.

MJBrutus on May 30, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Every heard of those parent types who defer to the wisdom of their children? They are enamored by unorthodoxy and figure because it is not the convention wisdom, there must be some value in it. Can’t say for sure that is analogous to your remark, but that is what I thought of when you said it.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Keep hiding Sarah.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM

And keep hope alive, Tollie. ;-)

gryphon202 on May 30, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Keep hiding Sarah.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Idiot. She just gave a long press conference to a large posse of journalists from every MSM in the world. The above quote was about not telling them in advance what her plans are.

promachus on May 30, 2011 at 8:13 PM

NoNails on May 30, 2011 at 6:40 PM

More significant, IMHO, was Will’s observation that there are very few undecided WRT to her. As I’ve been saying, she has a floor to her support and a ceiling that places her potential in a narrow range. She knows that and won’t run because of it.

MJBrutus on May 30, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Don’t go to Vegas, their looking for suckers like you.

wheelgun on May 30, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Keep hiding Sarah.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM

You are going to be charged with avian necrophilia.

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2011 at 8:16 PM

You are going to be charged with avian necrophilia.

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2011 at 8:16 PM

*S N O R DOUBLE T*

darwin-t on May 30, 2011 at 8:18 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.

Going out on a limb here, but what if she’s just not interested in photo ops? What if she’s asking would-be constituents questions, in hopes of putting together something of a coherent platform, or at the very least making a yardstick (call it, “will address actual concerns of real voters”) to measure the declared candidates by – one which, depending on how the others do, may determine whether or not she throws her motorcycle helmet into the ring.

If that’s the case, then Sizzle, I’d like you to meet everybody’s good friend Steak.

Blacksmith on May 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Keep hiding Sarah.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Idiot.

promachus on May 30, 2011 at 8:13 PM

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Expect lots of hate mail from idiots everywhere… I think you just publicly I.D.ed their leader.
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RalphyBoy on May 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

As I’ve been saying, she has a floor to her support and a ceiling that places her potential in a narrow range. She knows that and won’t run because of it.

MJBrutus on May 30, 2011 at 7:45 PM

I agree with that. She knows it also and that is why I believe this bus tour and movie are happening now. She must be able to increase her support with those who do not know her, which aren’t very many, and she must change the minds of those who view her unfavorably. And she has to do it by bypassing the LSM as her supporters have explained to us all. If she can do it she may decide to run. I also think the last thing she’ll do is hide from her resignation. It does her no good to get a pass on it now, get lots of support, and then have to answer the question later.

I ask people all the time if they know about her and what their opinion is of her. The answers are very enlightening.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Trolls have clocked in. Time and a half tonight?

OmahaConservative on May 30, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Bad News: Sun rises. Media confused. Blames Global Warming Climate Change.

98ZJUSMC on May 30, 2011 at 8:25 PM

I am reading “The Art Of War” and it’s very engaging; these teachings can be applied to the business world too. Yep, to that level too.

I was not referring to the book, but granted: Anything against the “enemy” works for me, as long as they waste gas, money, electricity and saliva just to NOT get an answer from her.

After that frustrating quest, day by day of continued exasperation that will grow into muscles and joint pain, the frustration will worsen to desesperation, more fabrications to “fill in” the blanks Palin is not giving. Again, we will have a window of three to four days before the real news on television come out.

SarahPAC will have it first, from herself as she is the only one that controls the message. Now will the media do the right job by going to her website and get the information there?

No, and when/if they do then the media will do what they usually do-spin it.

ProudPalinFan on May 30, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Lewd pics of her on the internet are real

Especially that one where she is shooting at wolves from a helicopter. You know, what Obama did to Osama?/

ProudPalinFan on May 30, 2011 at 8:29 PM

I ask people all the time if they know about her and what their opinion is of her. The answers are very enlightening.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I can’t remember if you and I have ever had this conversation, CSD. What I know about her is that she fulfilled the promises she made on the campaign trail at every step of the way along her public service path in 2012. She’s a rare bird in politics for her ability and willingness to do what she says she will do, even if you don’t agree with things like ACES, or her seeming openness to a guest worker program.

And although I really don’t think I’m a single-issue voter, one of the things that really makes Sarah Palin stand out for me in comparison to the other would-be candidates is Trig. Not so much Trig the little person, as Sarah Palin’s decision to go ahead and bring him into the world when bleak statistics say that most people wouldn’t have bothered. That’s not someone that cuts-and-runs. That’s someone who’s made at least one very tough choice despite a potential lifetime of personal inconvenience.

gryphon202 on May 30, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Now will the media do the right job by going to her website and get the information there?

ProudPalinFan on May 30, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Yeah, I think you’re right. They wont go to SarahPAC to get the info. What they’ll do is report her as being unreasonable and childish and any other demeaning accusation they can think of. Scumbags.

But it may not matter. Does she really care about anyone who watches the LSM?

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Every heard of those parent types who defer to the wisdom of their children? They are enamored by unorthodoxy and figure because it is not the convention wisdom, there must be some value in it. Can’t say for sure that is analogous to your remark, but that is what I thought of when you said it.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 8:12 PM

I’ve seen them. Usually close to me in a public setting. I am polite to the children. Not the parents.

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Keep hiding Sarah.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Yeah, because everyone knows that the best way to hide is in a bus that looks like this that’s driving all over the country.

mizflame98 on May 30, 2011 at 8:33 PM

No, she didn’t crash the event…

“I’m very not appreciative of the way she came in here,” Ted Shpak, Rolling Thunder’s national legislative director, told Rachel Weiner of the Washington Post. “If she wanted to come on the ride, she should have come in the back.” (Palin, instead, came in the front of the Pentagon’s north parking lot, where event staff and press had gathered.)

She wasn’t there to pay homage to the POW/MIAs; she was there for the publicity.

chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 8:34 PM

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Sorry Gov Palin is NOT going to play Charlie Brown to your Lucy…

unseen on May 30, 2011 at 8:34 PM

This “tour”comment has all the earmarks of an idea that was badly planned and badly executed poorly written. Being still so stupid as to believe that Palin Crashed the Rolling Thunder event showeds you as a real class. In short, sheyou doesn’t know how to take a vacation or run an “exploratory” campaign have an original thought or make a comment that is anything other than a stinking pile. This woman isYou are an undisciplined narcissist uneducated idiot.

Let her run. President Obama will wipe be lying on the floor, crying after the first debate with her.

chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Siddhartha Vicious on May 30, 2011 at 8:35 PM

But it may not matter. Does she really care about anyone who watches the LSM?

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 8:32 PM

No, she doesn’t. Isn’t it fun to imagine them playing bumper cars somewhere around (let’s say) Gettysburg?

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2011 at 8:35 PM

gryphon202 on May 30, 2011 at 8:30 PM

There is that. Also…..Her faith in God. She advocates to restore us to constitutional rule. Sarah Palin IS America! Her family is a normal family…her daughter had a rough start, her son is serving, both she and Todd run a business, etc.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 8:36 PM

I agree with that. She knows it also and that is why I believe this bus tour and movie are happening now. She must be able to increase her support with those who do not know her, which aren’t very many, and she must change the minds of those who view her unfavorably. And she has to do it by bypassing the LSM as her supporters have explained to us all. If she can do it she may decide to run. I also think the last thing she’ll do is hide from her resignation. It does her no good to get a pass on it now, get lots of support, and then have to answer the question later.

I ask people all the time if they know about her and what their opinion is of her. The answers are very enlightening.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

If you usually posted with this demeanor, even the most rabid Palinista would respect your opinions even if they weren’t necessarily pro-Palin.

NoNails on May 30, 2011 at 8:37 PM

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 8:22 PM

For once you say something I don’t necessarily agree with, I can respect what your saying. It’s possible, but she would have to find a person she can back, in order not to run.

Who’s that?

CTSherman on May 30, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Scott Conroy @RCPScott just tweeted that she did not have a last question aide to step in and that she gave an extended answers to reporters questions, even speaking about oil and gas.

Good for the Cuda. I hope she rains on Mittens parade!

Buckeye Babe on May 30, 2011 at 8:38 PM

She wasn’t there to pay homage to the POW/MIAs; she was there for the publicity.

chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Can you read hearts and minds you miniscule pos?

OmahaConservative on May 30, 2011 at 8:39 PM

There is that. Also…..Her faith in God. She advocates to restore us to constitutional rule. Sarah Palin IS America! Her family is a normal family…her daughter had a rough start, her son is serving, both she and Todd run a business, etc.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Someone hacked you.

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM

And Sarah Palin is not hawking tee shirts on her “One Nation” tour. (“Together We Thrive” at a memorial event, anyone? WTF? “Lean Forward” “Leading from Behind” I bet that Axelrod’s marketing skills are being challenged in a big way right now. It couldn’t be happening to a bigger shill.)

onlineanalyst on May 30, 2011 at 8:42 PM

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM

that what I was gong to say :)

djohn669 on May 30, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Someone hacked you.

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM

:):):)

thread winner

CTSherman on May 30, 2011 at 8:43 PM

She wasn’t there to pay homage to the POW/MIAs; she was there for the publicity.

chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 8:34 PM

That says more about you than it does about SP.

CW on May 30, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Keep hiding Sarah.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Like a fly to manure.

You have little interest in other topics. I suspect you lack the knowledge to delve into other conversations. On top of that you are obviously intellectually lazy.

CW on May 30, 2011 at 8:47 PM

I’m not into smoking guns. I quit smoking anything years ago. But I’d say she’s running.

backwoods conservative on May 30, 2011 at 8:51 PM

CW on May 30, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Toliver’s pulli mortui moment

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Palinista would respect your opinions even if they weren’t necessarily pro-Palin.

NoNails on May 30, 2011 at 8:37 PM

I do all the time. And how will I know if they respect my opinion? When they stop insulting me, calling me name, and making demeaning accusations? I have never known people like that to respect themselves, so if they respect my opinion makes no difference and I don’t care. Are you interested in gaining the respect of people who treat you in the same way? The problem isn’t you in that case. It is the person insulting you that needs to learn to respect themselves.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Someone hacked you.

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM

This.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

It’s possible, but she would have to find a person she can back, in order not to run.

Who’s that?

CTSherman on May 30, 2011 at 8:38 PM

That is the question. Sarah has laid out some values she expects to see in a candidate that fits her criteria, but she hasn’t given us any details. For instance, Michelle Bachmann fits the criteria Sarah has laid out, but some Palin supporters insist that Bachmann is not good enough. Until Sarah gives exact specifics, we really don’t know who fits her criteria.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Can you imagine the wonderful home schooling that SP’s daughters are receiving on this tour to and through monuments and sites that shaped our history? Mama Grizzly is taking her kids on a field trip of a lifetime and educating those she meets along the way as the authentic person that she is.

onlineanalyst on May 30, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Someone hacked you.

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2011 at 8:40 PM

This.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Oh come on, that was just funny.

AJsDaddie on May 30, 2011 at 9:03 PM

For instance, Michelle Bachmann fits the criteria Sarah has laid out, but some Palin supporters insist that Bachmann is not good enough. Until Sarah gives exact specifics, we really don’t know who fits her criteria.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

No quite so. Palin has stated that a potential candidate must have been in an Executive Position in order to meet her requirements, as in a Governor.

Bachmann doesn’t make her pay grade from what she’s said.

CTSherman on May 30, 2011 at 9:04 PM

That is the question. Sarah has laid out some values she expects to see in a candidate that fits her criteria, but she hasn’t given us any details. For instance, Michelle Bachmann fits the criteria Sarah has laid out, but some Palin supporters insist that Bachmann is not good enough. Until Sarah gives exact specifics, we really don’t know who fits her criteria.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Do you expect Sarah to back someone before she decides whether or not to run? Of course not. No, at this point her only option is to continue to repeat those criteria, and hope that someone picks them up and runs with them. Because if not, then Sarah has to run regardless of the negatives. Because while a second Obama term is certain death to this country, a squishy establishment Rep won’t be much better.

AJsDaddie on May 30, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Not so much Trig the little person, as Sarah Palin’s decision to go ahead and bring him into the world when bleak statistics say that most people wouldn’t have bothered. That’s not someone that cuts-and-runs. That’s someone who’s made at least one very tough choice despite a potential lifetime of personal inconvenience.

gryphon202 on May 30, 2011 at 8:30 PM

This is a large factor for me as well. It’s not for me about being pro-life but rather exactly what you’ve said. This is a person who has conviction and who sticks with those convictions even when it means incredible sacrifice for herself. She is someone who can always be counted on to make tough choices and to walk the walk. That’s the kind of character of person I want in the White House.

NoLeftTurn on May 30, 2011 at 9:06 PM

She wasn’t there to pay homage to the POW/MIAs; she was there for the publicity.
chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 8:34 PM

A claim of Omniscience. Where shall we mere mortals build a temple to worship you. Shall we name it the First Church of chumpThreads.

chemman on May 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Michelle Bachmann fits the criteria Sarah has laid out, but some Palin supporters insist that Bachmann is not good enough.

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

If Palin is “unelectable”, so is Bachmann. She has every bit as much baggage and less charisma. She doesn’t fit the criteria.

alwaysfiredup on May 30, 2011 at 9:08 PM

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 9:00 PM

I will add that as a Palin supporter, someone that donated to her PAC all the way back to the beginning, the only one that I can think of that she could get behind, is Perry.

CTSherman on May 30, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Oh come on, that was just funny.

AJsDaddie on May 30, 2011 at 9:03 PM

I have always taken it that when someone posts “this” they mean they strongly agree.

CW on May 30, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Idiot. She just gave a long press conference to a large posse of journalists from every MSM in the world. The above quote was about not telling them in advance what her plans are.

promachus on May 30, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Link?

I didn’t watch TV today. I read this:

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.

Then I read unseen’s post about how she doesn’t owe the MSM anything. She implied she’s avoiding them.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 9:11 PM

She implied she’s avoiding them.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 9:11 PM

No, you inferred that she’s avoiding them. They have been following her tour bus. She speaks to them occasionally as she moves around. She answered questions today. She’s not going out of her way either to meet or avoid them.

alwaysfiredup on May 30, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Link?

I didn’t watch TV today.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Try the vids on the QOTD thread. And then do your own research.

alwaysfiredup on May 30, 2011 at 9:15 PM

A claim of Omniscience. Where shall we mere mortals build a temple to worship you. Shall we name it the First Church of chumpThreads.

chemman on May 30, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Do you really think omniscience is necessary to come to a reasonable conclusion about someone’s motives? Police work must be a complete mystery to you.

chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Then I read unseen’s post about how she doesn’t owe the MSM anything. She implied she’s avoiding them.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 9:11 PM

It is a large bus, gaily designed. Perhaps the MSM has no idea what a video car chase is.

katy the mean old lady on May 30, 2011 at 9:21 PM

chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Police work is rooted in tracking down evidence. You made claim that judged another person’s heart. If it hit that close to home maybe you should ask yourself why.

chemman on May 30, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Do you really think omniscience is necessary to come to a reasonable conclusion about someone’s motives?

You wouldn’t know a reasonable conclusion if you tripped over it.

Police work must be a complete mystery to you.

chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Police work, along with anything else requiring logic, is now and forever will be an unsolvable mystery to you, chump.

Uncle Sams Nephew on May 30, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Try the vids on the QOTD thread. And then do your own research.

alwaysfiredup on May 30, 2011 at 9:15 PM

I’m not seeing this from google or the QOTD thread:

She just gave a long press conference to a large posse of journalists from every MSM in the world.

Google didn’t show me that either.

Link?

Really, I’d like to see her do a real press conference.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 9:25 PM

She’s not wasting time at the edges. She’s going for the very heart of the beast: The American ideal versus the collectivist-statist ideal.

petefrt on May 30, 2011 at 4:02 PM

As Obama crosses the Rubicon;

Palin crosses the Delaware.

Saltysam on May 30, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Her bus tour has about as much “transparency” as the entire Obama regime…….

only diff, as a yet unelected citizen she isnt required to be trustworthy……..much unlike Obama

sbark on May 30, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Police work is rooted in tracking down evidence. You made claim that judged another person’s heart. *snip*

chemman on May 30, 2011 at 9:22 PM

And the evidence was plain to see…based on the other person’s actions.

chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Not only does she not want to tip off the press but she’ doesn’t want to tip-off the union thugs, so they can be there trying to make it look like she’s not well liked.

I believe people are willing to give her a chance. If they go to a place where she is and listen to her speak, then see a press report that lies, Sarah gains more credibility. The press had better be very careful, this is as much about changing the perceptions the press has allowed to build up, as it is a tour to see American historic sites.

Vote for Sarah and only be called a racist one more time.

bflat879 on May 30, 2011 at 9:31 PM

CTSherman on May 30, 2011 at 9:08 PM

Sarah said she would wait until she sees who is in and make her decision. Do you think she’ll wait until the last minute so as not to get in ahead of someone that she would support?

csdeven on May 30, 2011 at 9:31 PM

http://twitter.com/#!/realclearscott

She gave an unscheduled press avail 2 hours ago. Give them a chance to air their footage.

alwaysfiredup on May 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

OK, found it a Free Republic:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCor2WtH9NU&feature=player_embedded

Well. it’s not really a substantial PC, but it’s better then nothing. It’s a start.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 9:36 PM

It’s a start.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Indeed. You will get your wish for a full PC when she announces her intent to run.

alwaysfiredup on May 30, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Indeed. You will get your wish for a full PC when she announces her intent to run.

alwaysfiredup on May 30, 2011 at 9:37 PM

I hope you’re right.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 9:41 PM

In your case, dumb is still dumb.
idesign on May 30, 2011 at 8:05 PM

ROFL

First!

Bishop on May 30, 2011 at 9:41 PM

chumpThreads, are you somehow under the impression that Sarah Palin shouldn’t have been allowed to do the biker ride in DC this weekend?

blink on May 30, 2011 at 9:31 PM

No, I believe she crashed it for her own selfish benefit. Read what Tom Shpak said. Have you noticed that the actual Rolling Thunder ride was completely eclipsed by her presence?

chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 9:41 PM

chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 9:41 PM

She’s a real patriot. Your President is a goof and he embarrassed the entire nation with his toast during the British National Anthem. What … an … ass.

I cannot wait for Sarah to kick his goofy azz out of the WH.

hawkdriver on May 30, 2011 at 9:44 PM

If you really do some checking, I think you will find that she was invited by a member of the boar of Governors for the riders,,the opearations types were not aware Yes, and obvious disconnect but she was invited,,did not crash it.

retiredeagle on May 30, 2011 at 9:46 PM

No, I believe she crashed it for her own selfish benefit. Read what Tom Shpak said. Have you noticed that the actual Rolling Thunder ride was completely eclipsed by her presence?

chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 9:41 PM

We all work for our own benefit. Perhaps she brings more exposure to RT then they’ve ever had? I’m a skeptic, but I’m not going to beat her up over the RT stop.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 9:46 PM

What’s up? I get tomorrow off for working today. May stare at the bottom of an old tranny if I feel up to it…

OmahaConservative on May 30, 2011 at 7:37 PM

As long as the elderly transexual doesn’t object, we’ll all mind our own business!

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massrighty on May 30, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Well. it’s not really a substantial PC, but it’s better then nothing. It’s a start.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 9:36 PM

I see you brought the rolling goalposts with you.

You’ve said Mrs. Palin “doesn’t do press conferences, or meet with the media;” now, (and not for the first time) she has; and you get to describe it as “better than nothing.”

massrighty on May 30, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Haha! Drive them crazy Sarah!

tinkerthinker on May 30, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Keep hiding Sarah.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 8:10 PM

How’s that Wiener working out for ya?

ProudPalinFan on May 30, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Poor little Trolls. Poor little MSM. Poor little Libs. Poor little Elites. The schoolteacher’s daughter is schooling you all and you can’t stand it. Meanwhile, our idiot president is cluelessly smacking gum at a memorial service in Joplin, Missouri. I hope she runs. It would be nice to have a president who actually loved America.

kingsjester on May 30, 2011 at 10:06 PM

No, she didn’t crash the event…
“I’m very not appreciative of the way she came in here,” Ted Shpak, Rolling Thunder’s national legislative director, told Rachel Weiner of the Washington Post. “If she wanted to come on the ride, she should have come in the back.” (Palin, instead, came in the front of the Pentagon’s north parking lot, where event staff and press had gathered.)
She wasn’t there to pay homage to the POW/MIAs; she was there for the publicity.
chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Shoals a dosh who should apologize

and if SP came in the back door it would look like the front by the time the media flocked to it

stooliver

or maybe just stool

Sonosam on May 30, 2011 at 10:07 PM

You know, if you were going to break away from the republican party, and you were a big name like Sarah Palin, and you still had intention of running for president, you might just do it sorta like she is now. Play it very close to the vest so that you cant be targeted, but still driving and making the news and overshadowing all of your opponents. I am not saying this because I am a palinista, quite to the contrary in fact. Its just that everything in this world gets done for a reason, even Sarah’s weird behavior is quite logical when you look at it from the angle that is most beneficial

paulsur on May 30, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Really, I’d like to see her do a real press conference.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 9:25 PM

As soon as she can find real journalists…She gives them to Greta all the time, and she is a liberal, but also an actual journalist.
Most all the “journalists” are “gotcha” hacks, looking for anything but a real story.
Why would anyone in Sarah’s position give an interview to the enemy? That wouldn’t be very smart, and we want smart leaders.

right2bright on May 30, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Meanwhile, our idiot president is cluelessly smacking gum at a memorial service in Joplin,

What? Really? Bwaaaa!

Bishop on May 30, 2011 at 10:11 PM

even Sarah’s weird behavior is quite logical when you look at it from the angle that is most beneficial

paulsur on May 30, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Sarah’s behavior is not weird: it is different. She is demonstrating that she does not answer to anyone, even the mighty press. That has the press confounded in that they are used to all candidates or potential candidates sucking up to them to get better coverage, etc. A lot of America hates the msm and loves seeing Sarah flip them off.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 30, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Bishop on May 30, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Oh, yeah. Classless imbecile.

kingsjester on May 30, 2011 at 10:15 PM

No, I believe she crashed it for her own selfish benefit. Read what Tom Shpak said. Have you noticed that the actual Rolling Thunder ride was completely eclipsed by her presence?

chumpThreads on May 30, 2011 at 9:41 PM

More than half of the hundreds of thousands didn’t know she was there. That’s from folks that were there and wrote that they didn’t know SP was there.

There’s several bikers that didn’t know about Rolling Thunder, so it’s great for RT to get even more bikers next year. And I am not writing about newbies either.

Governor Palin didn’t eclipse anything. Now, the Boy Scouts spending hours placing American flags in Arlington Cemetery is an incredible tradition that I hope my son continues to follow here in Pennsylvania.

Joshua Wood, a member of Boy Scout Troop 307, gently placed the toe of his right foot against the base of a headstone in Baltimore National Cemetery just after 6:30 p.m. Friday to determine the appropriate distance to plant the 12-inch American flag he held in his hand.

“It helps me to remember what people have done to help the country,” said Joshua, whose great-grandfather served in Worlld War II. “It means a lot to be putting the flags on their graves and respecting them.”

There’s your American Idol.

ProudPalinFan on May 30, 2011 at 10:16 PM

massrighty on May 30, 2011 at 10:00 PM
+1 them goalpost move fast don’t they

djohn669 on May 30, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Oh, yeah. Classless imbecile.
kingsjester on May 30, 2011 at 10:15 PM

ROFL

What a yutz, smacking away on a stick of Juicy Fruit like a ditzy cheerleader.

Bishop on May 30, 2011 at 10:22 PM

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 4:41 PM
*channeling Elvis*

“Thankyou, thankyouverymuch”

This is killing me. Y’all have NO idea. It’s like knowing the identity of a superhero? I don’t know how else to put it.

I wrote that I figured it out because you guys are incredibly smart!! The only think I ask is, if you believe you’ve figured it out don’t write it down. Don’t betray her and hand her over to the media. WE are part of that media; my blog, this blog, etc. No Twitter, no Facebook, no liberal member of your family.

I hope I didn’t offend JetBoy with my attempt to explain to him (in a way that he could understand and that is with his career). I think that more of you will get it after the Greta interview.

We are working on a diorama here for Miss PPF so I will be popping on and off. Please I hope you understand. What she does is brilliant, is working and the buzz has turned all the rest of the candidates to just ask them about Palin.

ProudPalinFan on May 30, 2011 at 7:06 PM

ProudPalinFan:Nope,I do love her work,wouldn`t even entert
ain the idea,and,would never jeopardize her
plans!

Btw,I get a kick,out of the Palinista Label,
seems to be worshipper/arguementative types.

I always state,that I`m a SarahCudian,(kidding
of course),as a supporter of Palin,awaiting
her orders,and agree with 99% of her decisions
!

And the media thingy,Loose Lips/Sinks Ships,
Mom`s the Word——————-:)

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Oh, yeah. Classless imbecile.
kingsjester on May 30, 2011 at 10:15 PM
ROFL

What a yutz, smacking away on a stick of Juicy Fruit like a ditzy cheerleader.

Bishop on May 30, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Bishop:Yup,and talking to the Queen,toasting,while her
National Anthem is playing,its NeverEnding Hopey
Perpetual GaffeTastic Snafu`s!:)

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 10:32 PM

canopfor on May 30, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Here’s the story and video of the gum chewing at American Thinker.

Happy Memorial Day to you both.

kingsjester on May 30, 2011 at 10:39 PM

If Palin is “unelectable”, so is Bachmann. She has every bit as much baggage and less charisma. She doesn’t fit the criteria.

alwaysfiredup on May 30, 2011 at 9:08 PM

What baggage?

At least she will do interviews and press conferences with hostile interviewers-something Palin has been avoiding since before she signed her Fox contract.

Dreadnought on May 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM

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.

Even though her nomination would guarantee the re-election of the worst President since Carter, I find this priceless. Good for her.

Jaibones on May 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM

What baggage?

Dreadnought on May 30, 2011 at 11:18 PM

Google “Bachmann” and “crazy”. The electorate hass largely already made up their mind about her, and they don’t like her.

Sound familiar?

Palin will do media interviews, but only after she has them panting after her every move, and after she declares her intent to run.

alwaysfiredup on May 30, 2011 at 11:32 PM

I see you brought the rolling goalposts with you.

You’ve said Mrs. Palin “doesn’t do press conferences, or meet with the media;” now, (and not for the first time) she has; and you get to describe it as “better than nothing.”

massrighty on May 30, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Are you running?

Do you want the press with you on your tour?

Do you like messing with our heads? *laughter*

What do you think of the Republican field?

Can a conservative do well here?

2:00 minutes of that isn’t really challenging, but it’s better than nothing. Real PC are over a half-hour and ask specific questions that require specific policy answers.

Like I said, it’s a start. My goalposts are still. I want her to engage the MSM as much as possible.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 11:47 PM

Google “Bachmann” and “crazy”.The electorate hass largely already made up their mind about her, and they don’t like her.

Sound familiar?

Palin will do media interviews, but only after she has them panting after her every move, and after she declares her intent to run.

alwaysfiredup on May 30, 2011 at 11:32 PM

You could say the same thing about googling “Palin and crazy”. Or maybe you are, but if it isn’t a disqualification for Palin, why is it for Bachmann?

As far as Palin and the media-She’s been studiously avoiding all but friendly questioners for more than two years-the Fox contract was an awfully convenient way of dodging hostile interviewers.

Not a very good way to practice for a time when she’s actually going to have to face them.

Dreadnought on May 30, 2011 at 11:48 PM

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 11:47 PM

Do you recall the last time Obama gave a full pc? Or Bush? They’re not that common anymore. Clinton loved them but neither the current nor the former president had much use for them.

alwaysfiredup on May 30, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Or maybe you are, but if it isn’t a disqualification for Palin, why is it for Bachmann?

Dreadnought on May 30, 2011 at 11:48 PM

Sigh. It’s not. I was deliberately comparing the reactions. They’re very similar. But it is often said that Palin’s reputation precludes her from winning against Obama. If that is a true statement, Bachmann cannot win either.

alwaysfiredup on May 30, 2011 at 11:52 PM

Like I said, it’s a start. My goalposts are still. I want her to engage the MSM as much as possible.

toliver on May 30, 2011 at 11:47 PM

Are these for her alone or for everybody else? I don’t see you clogging Romney threads demanding he go on network shows.

promachus on May 30, 2011 at 11:56 PM

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