Sarah Palin bus tour: Why won't she say where she's going?(Read article summary)
Sarah Palin is planning a bus tour to visit historical and cultural East Coast sights during Memorial Day weekend, but she hasn't said which ones or when she'll be there.
John Walker / Fresno Bee / AP / File
Sarah Palin announced Friday on the website of her political action committee that sheâ€™s going on a bus tour of the US East Coast this weekend, starting in Washington and winding up towards New England.
The point of the tour will be to "appreciate the significance of our nation's historic sites, patriotic events, and diverse cultures," said the trip announcement.
What Ms. Palin didnâ€™t say is exactly where sheâ€™s going. The map of stops that was posted on the tripâ€™s web page was blank. Why the secrecy?
Maybe itâ€™s a plan to build attention and publicity for the tour, which comes as speculation about a possible Palin presidential run ramps up. Maybe itâ€™s a way to keep the lamestream media from getting ahead of her and doing dangerous unscripted interviews with supporters. Or maybe itâ€™s because somebody on her staff knows enough about East Coast holiday traffic to realize that you canâ€™t plan where youâ€™re going because you may have to take lengthy unscheduled detours.
Thatâ€™s right â€“ the highways sheâ€™ll be traversing are more than likely to be a schedulerâ€™s nightmare. The Delaware section of I-95? The New Jersey Turnpike? The â€śOne Nationâ€ť tour bus will be idling so long that the ex-governor of Alaska will have time to disembark and film a new reality show while sheâ€™s waiting. You could call it â€śSarah Palinâ€™s Vince Lombardi Rest Stop.â€ť
(See, she had a show called â€śSarah Palinâ€™s Alaskaâ€ť, and there really is a Vince Lombardi Rest Stop on the Jersey Turnpike, since he was a famous state native.... OK, maybe itâ€™s a stretch.)
One last thought on the traffic. A lot of it is caused by construction projects paid for by President Obamaâ€™s stimulus act. Palin might be able to get spin that into a political talking point, somehow.
Anyway, weâ€™re not sure of the busâ€™s route. Presumably she wonâ€™t be starting at the White House, although it would be fun if she did. Weâ€™re thinking she may begin colonial, with Mount Vernon. George Washington is always good political symbolism.
According to Politico, Palin will visit with attendees to the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally in the DC area, then travel to Civil War battlefields Gettysburg and Antietam. Weâ€™d lay money sheâ€™ll go to Philadelphia next, to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. After that, who knows? Maybe sheâ€™ll take in a Mets game.
In New England, the Lexington and Concord battlefields might be good. But her driver should be careful â€“ one wrong turn in Boston and the next thing you know, your bus is stuck at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. That wouldnâ€™t be a good photo op.
Weâ€™re sure more details will leak out in coming hours. Until then, here are three historic East Coast locations places weâ€™re pretty sure Palin will give a miss:
HYDE PARK. FDRâ€™s home. Another Democrat. Invented tax-and-spend.
HARVARD. Too many pointy-headed lefties. They have a hockey team, though.