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Sarah Palin bus tour: What's the point?

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(Read caption) Sarah Palin, former GOP vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor, with her daughter Piper (c.) answers a reporter's question at the beginning of Rolling Thunder at the Pentagon, on Sunday, May 29, during the Memorial Day weekend in Washington.

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Sarah Palin has been spotted: She and her “One Nation” bus tour stopped at the site of the Civil War’s pivotal Battle of Gettysburg on Tuesday morning. We know this because her Sarah PAC website now has a nice photo of her gazing over Gettysburg’s historic Pennsylvania meadows. It must have been early in the morning, because she doesn’t look hot. As Ms. Palin discovered yesterday at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, temperatures in the mid-Atlantic have been hitting 95 degrees by midafternoon.

Where’s she going next? We’re not really sure. She’s not releasing a schedule or telling the "lamestream" press much of anything. But Philadelphia is a likely stop, to see the Liberty Bell and perhaps Independence Hall.

If Palin is not courting press coverage, and doesn’t even say where she’s bound, what’s the point of this bus tour, anyway? It’s a slightly odd way to kick off a presidential campaign, if that is what she’s doing. But Palin, for all her “Going Rogue” image, has some pretty blue-chip advisers, so we’re betting some thought has gone into the bus-tour concept.

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