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The sequel no one saw coming: Sarah Palin to campaign with McCain

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(Read caption) In this photo, former Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, makes her first appearance as a FOX News correspondent on 'The O'Reilly Factor,' Jan. 12 in New York.

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Sarah Palin: best-selling author, new Fox News correspondent, and, indisputably, the Republican Party’s endorser-in-chief.

As Decoder predicted last November, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate has become a hot ticket on the GOP hustings. Candidates are competing to see who can win Palin’s coveted nod of approval. (Plus her appearance at their fundraisers, of course.)

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Her status as the Republican Party’s top draw may have become official on Wednesday with the announcement that in late March she will campaign with Sen. John McCain, who’s bidding for a fifth six-year term.

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Remember all that sniping between anonymous aides about who was responsible for the loss, and whether Ms. Palin was on a mental walk-about prior to her debate with Joe Biden, and other stuff like that? Well, we’re not here to talk about the past. Let’s get the band back together!

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the campaign trail with my former running mate,” Senator McCain said in a statement, adding that she “energized our nation and remains a leading voice in the Republican Party.”

McCain’s campaign bank account surely will be energized by Palin’s swing through Arizona. She is scheduled to attend a private fundraising event for the Arizona senator on March 26, with a public appearance, most likely a rally, the following day.

On her Facebook page, Palin announced Wednesday that she will also be campaigning for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) of Minnesota – an outspoken (very outspoken) favorite of conservatives – and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is facing a primary challenge from Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Is she going to Massachusetts? New GOP star Scott Brown won on Tuesday, so a Palin endorsement might not be strictly necessary at the moment, but wouldn’t the telegenic fomer Cosmo model (that’s Brown) and Palin look great together on a podium?

2012 – it’s only two years away. Just saying.

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