Running, that is.
Since Sarah Palin announced her bus tour (termed a “vacation” by Piper Palin), speculation has been rampant as to whether she will or she won’t run for the GOP nomination for president.
Personally, I think she won’t since she has too much to lose if she does, and she is all about the money and the attention, a la Carnival Barker, Donald Trump.
Jay Newton-Small of TIME magazine seems to think that she will. Newton-Small’s reasoning:
Palin announced this tour and began it a week before the June 1 Federal Election Commission reporting deadline….
……her week long “learning” bus tour of historical sites just happens to end in the politically important first primary state of New Hampshire where she just happens to be holding her only “event” of the trip – a clambake….
And, by the way, she has two more bus tours coming up: Iowa and South Carolina. Just coincidentally, there are the other two most important early primary states…..
Palin also just happens to be making her first, much anticipated stop in the Granite State in three years on the same day that GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney is officially announcing his candidacy in New Hampshire…..
Palin says she is not inviting media attention on her family vacation. But she’s driving around a giant bus painted with “One Nation; Sarah Palin” on the side and a banner at the back reading: Join the “Fundamental Restoration of America”…..
And while the rest of her family is in flip-flops and shorts, she’s dressing in candidate- style clothing: skirts and heels and jackets with tiny American and Israeli flags on her lapel. Not to mention the ready-for-TV makeup…..
Really, just long enough for a photo op, to answer a couple of questions from reporters and to sign some paraphernalia for supporters…..
And her staff is leaking to select reporters where and when she’s going next in case they lose the bus. But, really, it’s all coincidence…..
And talk about timing, she just happened to beef up her staff and buy a house in the city her staff has long mulled basing a campaign out of right before the trip…..