What's behind Sarah Palin's surprise trip to the Iowa State Fair?(Read article summary)
Sarah Palin's One Nation bus tour is making a surprise visit to the State Fair in Iowa, where GOP presidential candidates (and the attendant press corps) are gathered for a debate and straw poll.
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Sarah Palin and her One Nation bus tour are making a surprise trip to Iowa, if you haven‚Äôt heard. In an email sent yesterday to supporters of her political action committee she said she‚Äôs going to ‚Äúmeet folks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this week.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúState fairs hold a special place in our nation‚Äôs history and heritage, so my family is honored to highlight one of them on one stop along the One Nation Tour route,‚ÄĚ wrote the ex-governor of Alaska.
Does this mean a President Palin would make the Iowa State Fairgrounds a National Park? Just asking.
Palin also noted that she‚Äôs excited to try some of the Iowa State Fair‚Äôs famous fried foods, including fried butter-on-a-stick, fried cheesecake, and so forth. She‚Äôll enjoy them ‚Äúin honor of those who‚Äôd rather make us just ‚Äėeat our peas,‚Äô ‚ÄĚ noted Palin, in a not-so-veiled reference to President Obama‚Äôs recent statement comparing the hard choices in a debt deal with legume consumption.
Vegetables aside, we‚Äôll say this about that: once again, Sarah Palin has proved that she is the quasi-political attention-getting master of the US media universe.
That‚Äôs because there just happens to be a debate in Ames, Iowa tonight among declared GOP presidential contenders. A straw poll follows this weekend. So hundreds of political reporters are already in Iowa ‚Äď pre-positioned for a Palin drive-by. Pure genius.
Somewhere Rick Santorum is sitting in a hotel room with his face in his hands. It‚Äôs the lagging candidates who‚Äôll really feel the tire tracks of the bus tour. If you‚Äôre a ‚ÄúGood Morning America‚ÄĚ producer, which story would you rather see on the air ‚Äď Gingrich Campaign Still Dead, or Palin Views a Cow Made Entirely of Butter?
It‚Äôs a paean to small town America, which grows ‚Äúgood people ... with honesty and sincerity and dignity.‚ÄĚ It invokes Harry Truman, contains several quick shots of the young Ronald Reagan, and lingers on an Iowa State Fair sign.
The sound track is Palin‚Äôs speech at the 2008 GOP convention. The overall impression it leaves is that Michele Bachmann is a good speaker, Michele Bachmann is a former tax attorney, Michele Bachmann is a tea party favorite, but Sarah Palin is still way better at lighting people on fire with words.
Does all this mean Palin is going to run for president? She‚Äôs still not saying. But it sure looks like she‚Äôs running for something, even if it‚Äôs only Queen of the Midway.