That would be a roll-out to remember

The Iowa Republican:

Palin to Fly to New Hampshire Following Iowa Appearance

High level Iowa Republicans tell that Sarah Palin will fly to New Hampshire following her September 3rd appearance in central Iowa.

Speculation has been swirling about whether or not Palin will use her Iowa appearance in Iowa over Labor Day weekend to join the field of Republican candidates. The news that Palin is New Hampshire bound after her Iowa speech will only add to the speculation that she may be entering the Republican presidential field.

SarahPAC is now confirming that Palin will speak at the Tea Party Express event in NH on Labor Day.

Will she or won’t she? Only her hairdresser Sarah knows for sure. But if she is gonna run, Hot Air lays out two options:

Possible reason:

Palin to joint Tea Party Express national tour. To speak Monday in Manchester, NH.

That’s from Chad Pergram, Fox News’s reporter on the Hill. When he says she’s “joining the tour,” I don’t know if he means joining it for that one event in New Hampshire or traveling with it across the country until it ends on September 12. They’re hitting a bunch of early primary states in addition to NH, arriving in South Carolina on September 9 and then Florida on the 10th, so if she announces on Saturday she could spend the next week making a mark in all four early primary states. Palin herself has steered people away from thinking that she’ll declare before Labor Day, though, so maybe she’s planning to do the tour, build up buzz, and then make the announcement after it ends. Note that the very last event on the TPE tour is the debate they’re co-sponsoring with CNN in Jacksonville on the 12th. She could announce that morning and then make her debut as a candidate that night. CNN will surely accommodate her by adding her at the last second. It’d be a ratings blow-out.

If I was advising Sarah this is what I would tell her:

Saturday is the first day of a holiday weekend that promises to be a fairly slow news cycle. Unless something unexpected happens, the main topics of discussion will be Libya, Obama’s next Greatest Speech Ever® and Sarah Palin’s appearance in Iowa. I’m guessing the White House will do something to try to steal the spotlight from Sarah. Fuck ’em.

The media will be there for Sarah’s speech, even if they don’t cover it live. Imagine what would happen if, with no advance notice, Sarah drops these words at the end of her speech:

That’s why I’m running for president.

Pandemonium ensues. Heads explode. Television networks scramble to change the guests for their Sunday morning news programs. Progressive bloggers crap in their Underoos. Pollsters start polling like mad.

Sarah would suck up all the oxygen on every news network for days. Obama could announce we’re invading Canada and the media wouldn’t pay attention.

So then Sarah flies to New Hampshire. The event there will be jam-packed. So will every Tea Party event on the tour as Palinistas come pouring out of the woodwork to see her. The paparazzi will follow her every move.

It would be six solid days of Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. By the time she hits Florida for the first debate she’ll be the frontrunner. Except for maybe Rick Perry every other GOPer will be polling in the single digits.

That’s what I would do if I was her.

Just sayin’


From C4P:

She’ll be speaking at Veterans Park at around noon on Monday. According to the organizers, she isn’t planning on giving as long a speech as the one she’s planning for Iowa on September 3rd.

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24 Responses to That would be a roll-out to remember

  1. Mimi says:

    Before she was VP nominee I remember Palin hanging around in Texas and being very friendly with Perry. Frontiermen/women governors and that kind of crap floated by the moronic press. Everyone in Texas that I know thought their act was stupid. I do not think Palin wants to be Prez, but she likes being listened to on television and the speaking circuit. She might endorse Perry because they are pals. Just a wild assed hunch.

  2. votermom says:

    I guess it’s time for me to go to the post office and get a start filling out a GOPer registration form. Want to mail that sucker in as soon as she says those magic words.

    • Melissa says:

      Me three Votermom and SYD! I’m moving from Philly to York PA soon anyway, and being a Democrat in York allows you to influence the process about as much as being a Republican in Philly. In other words, not a lot.

      I really hope Sarah jumps in.

  3. SYD says:

    Me too, Voter Mom. Me too!

  4. DeniseVB says:

    We’ll have to find out who’s covering her Iowa speech. I think cable news has equal time constraints and may only give us a few minutes.

    I’ll keep an eye on Cspan’s schedule, they cover everything !

    • ralphb says:

      From ABC

      SarahPAC confirmed the Tea Party Express announcement of Palin’s New Hampshire appearance.

      Palin is heading to New Hampshire after a weekend trip to Iowa to address another Tea Party event on Sept. 3. The former Alaska governor will headline the inaugural event of the Tea Party of America in Indianola.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Sarah Palin Appearance at Tea Party Rally in Iowa ‘No Longer Confirmed’

        Sarah Palin’s Saturday appearance at a tea party rally in Indianola, Iowa, is on hold, a person close the former Alaska governor told The Wall Street Journal.

        The person said Ms. Palin’s appearance was “no longer confirmed” and cited “continual lying” from event organizers at Tea Party of America, including a recent mixup over whether former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware would also speak.

        Ms. Palin is known for last-minute schedule changes that whipsaw supporters and media across the country. But the latest decision is puzzling. Ms. Palin’s speech at the rally was viewed as her most high-profile appearance of the summer, fueling speculation she was indeed plotting to run for the Republican presidential nomination.

        Attendees were reportedly traveling from across the U.S. to attend the rally in Iowa, which holds the nation’s first nominating contest next year.

        The former governor will now appear at a Friday event in Des Moines sponsored by the group Conservatives4Palin. It is currently scheduled for 8 p.m. at The Machine Shed Restaurant, though the location will probably have to be changed, the person close to Ms. Palin said. Ms. Palin is still scheduled to appear at a Tea Party Express tour stop Monday in New Hampshire.

        Ms. Palin may still hold an event Saturday, the person said, though she has no firm plans. It’s also possible she could still attend the Indianola tea party rally, the person said.

        The former governor’s team decided to back out Tuesday night after rally organizers re-invited Ms. O’Donnell to speak on stage. Organizers had booked Ms. O’Donnell, who lost her 2010 bid for a U.S. Senate seat from Delaware, to speak but quickly withdrew the invitation in an effort to avoid controversy.

        A Tea Party of America leader told Ms. Palin’s aides that the former governor told him to re-invite Ms. O’Donnell, which is not true, the person said, adding that there were also issues over fund-raising and logistical changes that were not approved by Ms. Palin’s team.

        Earlier this month, Ms. Palin’s political action committee released a Web video touting her recent appearance at the Iowa State Fair. It ended with the words, “See You Again September 3rd.”

        • votermom says:

          c4p is waiting for sarahpac to say something, but tea party says it’s still on:

        • votermom says:

          Here’s what Scott Conroy says:

          “It’s on hold,” one of the sources said of the event. “There are some planning issues regarding the hosts and some concern that the invitation that was proffered is not the event that is now being put together.”

          Sources close to Palin said that the former vice presidential candidate will likely be in the Indianola area on Saturday, whether or not she attends the Tea Party of America rally.

          “The primary concern of the governor is the people that are coming to this event,” a source close to Palin said. “The planners are an issue that’s gotten in the way.”…

          A final decision on whether Palin will attend the Indianola rally or instead participate in a separate event of her own will likely come later on Wednesday (RCP/Scott Conroy).

          Looks like Palin is not happy with the organizers because of something but she is giving them a chance to clean up their act which is why it is on hold. 
          But either way she knows how many people are coming to see her so she will be there in Indianola, even if she has to find an empty haystack on open cornfield to set up instead.

        • ralphb says:

          OK, this is getting bizarre now. Getting in and bailing out like this looks really crappy for Sarah. An opponent could make a pretty good early attack ad out of this.

        • myiq2xu says:


          Palin’s Saturday Speech Still On, Tea Party Founder Says

          Sarah Palin has not canceled her keynote speech for the Tea Party of America’s Saturday rally in Indianola, Iowa, according to the event’s organizers.

          Ken Crow, the founder of the Tea Party of America, told ABC News this morning that he “hung up with [Palin’s] people five minutes ago” and “she’ll be here on Saturday.”

          “Gov. Palin is a lady of her word and impeccably honest,” he added. He admitted that the organization’s encountered “a couple of errors” in planning the Sept. 3 rally.

          “I’m naive when it comes to politics and what you are supposed to say to and not say and my crew and I are rookies at this sort of thing,” he said. “We made mistakes and now we are fixing them. It’s all good.”

          Multiple media outlets reported this morning that Palin had backed out of the “Restoring America” event, but still planned to be in Iowa on Saturday. The rally’s undergone a lot of upheaval this week: Failed Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell was invited to speak before Palin, then had the invitation rescinded, and on Tuesday night, “humbly re-accepted the re-invitation” to speak, according to her Twitter account.

          Crow called the handling of O’Donnell a “mistake.”

          “I didn’t handle it the way I should have,” he said. “We handled it incorrectly.”

        • votermom says:

          ralph, there is a rumor that Ken Crow, the tea party founder, is a Perry supporter.

          (Here’s a pic of him here with Perry at the IA fair.

        • ralphb says:

          This has to be about Christine O’Donnell. The “I am not a witch” candidate being on the same bill could turn a good political event into a joke.

  5. yttik says:

    If Palin announces a presidential run, i really think she’d do it from Alaska. That’s what she said she would do and she promised to do it on that radio show.

    Palin is a Tea Party favorite, she’s a part of that group, but they don’t belong to her, she’s not their leader, she doesn’t own that territory. It’s hard to explain properly, but it wouldn’t be in her nature to declare at a tea party rally. That’s a grass roots movement and I think she’d be reluctant to change the power structure of it by announcing under that platform.

  6. ralphb says:

    A comment to Hot Air’s Palin post …

    Looks like SP will speak at a T-Party rally in NH.
    She will attack Obama and bring down his numbers while some conservatives will attack Palin; pretty much like what’s been happening for 2.75 years.

  7. myiq2xu says:

    Iowa tea party made three changes at Palin’s staff’s request

    Christine O’Donnell is off the guest list – again – and Sarah Palin is a “maybe.”

    In the latest episode in the drama over the speaking lineup for Saturday’s Tea Party of America rally in Iowa, organizer Ken Crow said Palin’s staff called this morning to say Palin’s appearance at the rally was “on hold” until three changes were made.

    “They said, ‘Ken, can you take care of bing, bing, bing’ and I said, ‘Yessir, I will’ and I did,” Crow, an Indianola Republican told The Des Moines Register.

    “Now I’m waiting to hear back.”

    Crow said two of the requests were logistical details: Email a copy of the program today, and address concerns about back-stage security and who will be allowed in that area.

    Asked about the third request, Crow said: “Can I let that remain private for now?”

    Meanwhile, Crow telephoned staff for O’Donnell, a Delaware Republican who ran for the U.S. Senate, to say she can’t speak at Saturday’s event.

    “We’re all friends and she’s not coming,” he said, referring to O’Donnell.

    The schedule for the rally has been a whirlwind. The Tea Party of America, founded by two Iowans, invited O’Donnell, then uninvited her yesterday after getting hammered with emails criticizing her. Later yesterday, they reinvited her, citing her grace in dealing with being uninvited. Then Palin’s staff called this morning.

    The Des Moines Register isn’t sure who’s coming, but we’ll let you know who shows up.

    The tea party rally is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at a field in Indianola used for an annual hot air balloon festival.

  8. Bill589 says:

    Crow messed things up. The question is, is he just incompetent, or did he want to hurt Palin. He is a Perry supporter.

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