"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, May 27, 2011

The Palin Bus/The Palin Movie

Sarah Palin is apparently starting a multi-state tour of the Northeast, going to famous patriotic sites in a bus that, somewhat unsubtly, looks like this:

She describes the tour as follows:
SarahPAC is proud to announce the One Nation Tour!   This Sunday, May 29th, Governor Palin and the SarahPAC team will begin a trip through our nation's rich historical sites, starting from Washington, DC and going up through New England.   The "One Nation Tour" is part of our new campaign to educate and energize American's about our nation's founding principles, in order to promote the Fundamental Restoration of America.
Hmmmm.... up through New England?   Could she possibly be planning stops in New Hampshire?

Meanwhile, Palin is also scheduled to release a full-length movie about herself.   Where, pray tell, will the premiere be?   In Iowa.   Hmmmm.

Look, I've said all along that I don't think she's running for President.   I also, if pushed, would say that she can't possibly win the Presidency with her negatives, and with a relentless media attacking her every day.   But there's a chance that she's the opposite of what everyone thinks.   There's a chance that she came down to the Lower 48 in 2008 and decided that she could play the game better than the professional pols and the supposed elites.   All she's done since then is parley her fame into, arguably, leading the GOP to a huge victory in 2010; becoming the Queen of the Tea Party, the wing of the GOP where the most energy (and campaign funding) exists; and make herself untold millions through TV, books, and speaking engagements.  

In short, there's a chance that, contrary to popular opinion, she's really really smart, and has figured out, better than the professional pols, that modern politics consists of keeping your name recognition out there through Twitter and Facebook and FoxNews and movies and reality TV, etc., all of which she has mastered faster and better than any other politician working.   Can you get to the top of the polls in Iowa and New Hampshire with a movie and a bus tour and a FoxNews show without ever declaring your candidacy and campaigning in the traditional way (the way that Romney and Pawlenty are using right now)?   I think that she may think that she can.

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