Monday, May 30, 2011

Confirmed: Sarah Palin to Visit Iowa (Updated)

"Could Palin leave some of the less charismatic candidates in the dust?"
The Daily Beast's Shushannah Walshe wrote this morning:
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 Ms. Walshe's source is right, and if RCP's Scott Conroy's sources are right, then Gov. Palin just fired a round and hit the target dead center:
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.

Palin's trip to the nation's first voting state -- where she has not yet set foot this year --will further escalate the already feverish speculation that she is leaning toward a White House run.

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 answer to that question will play a critical role in how the 2012 race develops.


A political Merry Prankster, Palin clearly relishes her unique ability to confound and surprise her prospective opponents, as she test-drives a possible presidential run that she and her team -- with a discernible wink -- have publicly billed as something akin to a mere sightseeing trip.

This game is soooo on...

Update: Gov. Palin confirmed to CNN Monday that that her "One Nation" bus tour will roll across the key presidential primary state of Iowa:
"I'm sure at some point I will be going to Iowa," Palin said during a visit to Fort McHenry in Baltimore. "At some point."

The comments come on the heels of a RealClearPolitics website story that said Palin is planning a visit to Iowa in June, the same month a documentary about her rise to power is set to debut in the Hawkeye State.

Her tour through Iowa would be her first trip to The Hawkeye State since she made a book tour stop there in December. The governor's most recent speaking engagement in the state was a fund-raising dinner for the Iowa GOP last September.

- JP


  1. Sorry, but I don't buy this, if she was looking to get "enthusiastic response" she would advertise where she is going well in advance. That is not happening. I have another possible rationale, she might be trying to convince her family that our country is worth taking all the Campaign shots that are necessary. Almost like a pep talk/tour for the family. She could also be using the Press to really show the general public, not necessarily her already convinced followers, that this country is worth fighting for and that will take an UNCONVENTIONAL grassroots fight to beat the Current Political System.

  2. Actually, if she wants an accurate barometer of how much support there is for her to run, she would NOT want to publicize her stops in advance. To do so would draw her loyal supporters to the stops. But she already knows that they want her to run.

    So if she just shows up somewhere and judges the response to her by the people who just happen to be there, it makes the "sample" a random one, which is what the more reliable pollsters like Gallup and Rasmussen look for -- randomness, that is.

    here's what randomness does for a sample: If the people she meets there seem to want her to run, it's more likely that they will represent the feelings of the larger population.

    I do agree with you about her family, or at least her kids. It's pretty well known that Todd and Bristol want her to run, so if Willow and Piper enjoy the road trip, they might be more inclined to want her to run.

    The same goes, to a certain degree for her parents, who are also along on the ride. They are very supportive of her in all she has chosen to do, but they have both expressed their worries for her safety. Having her mom and dad along on this trip gives them a chance to see Sarah's security team at work. If they are really good at what they do, it might ease the Heaths' worries somewhat.

    - JP

  3. Another reason she is not publicizing the stops in advance, IMO, is out of respect for the historic sites. She doesn't want to turn each one into a mob scene.

    Not only would it be disruptive for the people who work there and make their jobs more difficult, it would be distracting for other visitors to the sites.

    - JP