Surprise: Palin’s bus tour to roll into Iowa this week

posted at 5:58 pm on August 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

Perry’s not the only one who knows how to leverage the media’s focus on Ames into some extra buzz for their own maybe-candidacy. Another X factor to liven up the straw poll:

After a nearly three-month hiatus, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is planning to crash the presidential party once again with a heartland-themed re-launch of her “One Nation” bus tour this week in Iowa, according to a Palin fundraising email obtained by CNN.

Palin is bringing her Constitution-themed bus to the Iowa State Fair, just 30 miles south of where the Republican presidential field will take the stage on Thursday for a presidential debate in Ames.

It’s not yet clear which day the tour will begin, but her surprise arrival in Iowa will happen before the closely watched Ames straw poll. Palin is not on the straw poll ballot…

Palin’s re-emergence in Iowa just hours before the debate is a reminder that the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee intends to remain part of the presidential discussion as long as possible, despite being largely dismissed by party insiders.

The poll’s only three days away so the tour will have to begin tomorrow or Friday if she plans on being there beforehand. That’s the smart way to play it, too: If she showed up on Saturday and drew reporters away from the poll, it might antagonize easily-antagonizable Iowans. If she showed up next week she’d come off like an afterthought, especially if Bachmann wins on Saturday. Popping in now to remind people that she might still get in is the best way to short-circuit some of Bachmann’s buzz.

Reporter Mike Memoli asks a good question, though: “Is Palin more interested in trumping GOP candidates or Pres. Obama as he is set to begin his own bus tour in Iowa next week?” The One will be in Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois next week and Palin’s expected to hit Missouri and Illinois after visiting Iowa. Drawing a contrast with Obama is smart insofar as it elevates her vis-a-vis the rest of the field; that’s been Romney’s strategy all along, of course, and Perry’s planning to adopt it himself next week when he holds an event in Iowa on Tuesday to coincide with Obama’s visit. That’s the most surprising thing about his rollout to me — as bold as Palin is in showing up at the state fair before Ames and running her own bus tour as a contrast with Obama’s, Perry’s being even bolder in trying to bigfoot Ames with his announcement and attacking The One with some sort of speech (presumably) while he’s in the state. Not a guy prone to half-measures, I guess.

Here’s the new ad released by Sarah PAC in connection with the tour. Sure looks like a campaign spot. Exit quotation from Reuters, which has a piece out today gauging Perry’s support among the grassroots: “Tea Party activists interviewed by Reuters voiced most enthusiasm for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, who has been coy as to whether she will run. They were also curious about Perry, but said they knew less about him.”

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Tina’s thread about the bus tour is a LOL momnet and she just jumped the shark

unseen on August 11, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Geez the circle jerk continues. Some of you need an effin life. Hilarious.

CW on August 11, 2011 at 2:31 PM

All the posts between 1:28 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. have disappeared.

NoNails on August 11, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Geez the circle jerk continues. Some of you need an effin life. Hilarious.

CW on August 11, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Must be nice to be so above the fray. Let me guess: you had a spare minute in between curing cancer and keynoting the annual conference of nuclear physicists and decided to pop in and see what those pesky Palin cultists were up to?

Kataklysmic on August 11, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Kataklysmic on August 11, 2011 at 2:52 PM

Don’t bother, just another drive-by turd thrower.

Brian1972 on August 11, 2011 at 3:02 PM

OnlyOrange on August 11, 2011 at 11:29 AM

That’s quite a list of things to do:-) I know what you mean tho and agree. However we must not forget that we need Conservative elected members in the House & Senate. There are many in both bodies that need to be removed, since they are part of the problem.

bluefox on August 11, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Yes, it is… I’m thinking likely 8 years worth!

:)

We need to gain seats in the House and take control of the Senate — we need to give Sarah and congress a clear mandate to fix this this experiment with Euro-socialism… and Restore America! Game on!

Seriously, some of those things can be done rather easily, some will take much more time — especially with “selling it” to the stakeholders. Reforming entitlements will be a huge challenge — that must be done. Reforming the “revenue side” will also be a challenge, because we need to “spread the cost of government around” also… and there’s several different ways that could be done. All of them will cause someone pain…

OnlyOrange on August 11, 2011 at 3:11 PM

What Sarah needs is name recognition.

Herb on August 11, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Love the pic of Sarah !

stenwin77 on August 11, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Perry’s running !

Guard your daughters -Parry and Merck are comin for them.

stenwin77 on August 11, 2011 at 4:15 PM

But you are still suffering from an uncontrolled obsession with me and that is a very unflattering image you create for yourself.

csdeven on August 11, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Please, please seek help. This narcissism can’t be healthy.

Irritable Pundit on August 11, 2011 at 4:31 PM

I think you’re a coward because you believe that getting rid of Obama will ipso facto be a victory.

gryphon202 on August 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

That is an idiotic comment. You’re a coward because you are too afraid to have faith that this movement to defeat the progressives will survive if all we can do in 2012 is beat Obama.

The founders certainly DID NOT take your attitude. They were patient and long suffering. Had they taken your view, we would still be a British possession.

csdeven on August 11, 2011 at 7:28 PM

She is an adamant Mitt Romney supporter, and will diss all other candidates…and especially hates red trucks (those from a couple of years ago know what I mean).

right2bright on August 10, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Oh the memories!! They burn!!

Yeah, csd reached peaks of annoyingness rarely seen before or since. But over and over, he/she/it proves that was no fluke.

tom on August 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM

little dick perry and his ACORN buddies!

http://thespeechatimeforchoosing.blogspot.com/

oh ricky, you are gonna be so sorry you were dumb enough to get into this thing

sidewinder22 on August 11, 2011 at 9:11 PM

The founders certainly DID NOT take your attitude. They were patient and long suffering. Had they taken your view, we would still be a British possession.

csdeven on August 11, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Patient? Long suffering? It took them less time to decide to go to war against the British than ONE of our modern presidential terms, pal. Get real.

gryphon202 on August 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM

And what’s “patient” about warfare? That’s not an act of patience. It is an act of violent desperation. I may not be engaging in warfare, but I’m pretty desperate.

gryphon202 on August 12, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Patient? Long suffering? It took them less time to decide to go to war against the British than ONE of our modern presidential terms, pal. Get real.

gryphon202 on August 12, 2011 at 1:00 PM

The British were infesting our homeland like a horde of musket-wielding locusts, not squatting in a desert halfway around the world. Get a clue.

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 13, 2011 at 8:04 AM

The British were Liberals are infesting our homeland like a horde of musket-wielding locusts, not squatting in a desert halfway around the world. Get a clue.

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 13, 2011 at 8:04 AM

I’ll trade you a clue for a clue, dumbsh!t. We’re talking about domestic politics here.

gryphon202 on August 13, 2011 at 9:25 AM

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