The tweet from Mediaite was too delicious to be true. “No Joke: Sarah Palin Reportedly Quits One Nation Bus Tour Halfway Through.” The story highlighted the original report by Scott Conroy of Real Clear Politics that the former governor of Alaska who resigned halfway through her first term is pretty much done with her the “One Nation” bus tour she started with such great fanfare on May 29.
As Conroy reports, we haven’t seen the last of Palin yet. She’ll be back in our faces within a month since the heart-stirring movie about her life — “The Undefeated” — is due to hit on July 20. And that’s when the breathless speculation about Palin’s presidential prospects and aspirations will rev up again. All this talk about her being an unconventional politician to whom the laws of presidential physics don’t apply has grown tiresome.
Palin has extremely high unfavorable ratings. There are no signs that she has made any moves whatsoever to lay the foundation for a campaign apparatus in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Florida. If Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s strategist can wonder openly whether they can simultaneously build a fundraising apparatus while he campaigns in the early states; if people can raise questions about Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman not competing in Iowa in 2012; if people can ask how Huntsman can launch a bid with such low name recognition and high-minded talk of civility, and if people could question (correctly) the wisdom in 2008 of Rudy Giuliani putting all of his nomination eggs in the Florida basket why shouldn’t there be serious questions about Palin’s political viability?
It’s all a useless exercise anyway. I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times and I will keep saying it until I’m proven wrong. Sarah Palin is not running for president.