PalinTracker: Book Tour Dates, Reagan's Triumph, Fighting PelosiCare

Barbara Walters snags Palin interview

ABC announces a Barbara Walters five-part series which will begin airing on Good Morning America, World News, and Nightline on Nov. 17, then continue on Good Morning America Nov. 18 and 20/20 on Nov. 20. Plus other scattered tidbits.

Maybe it will help their ratings.

November 5

Palin posts condolences on Fort Hood Attack

On the Tragic Shooting Today at Fort Hood

November 6

Palin speaks at a Wisconsin Right to Life event, a private, low-key event with no media, laptops, or cellphones allowed. Much grousing by the damned-if-she-does-damned-if-she-doesn't critics. Maybe she'd rather deal with the damned-if-she-doesn't.

K. Carpenter reports at Conservatives4Palin.

Politico also reports: Palin rallies thousands of abortion opponents

Speaking to a fund-raising banquet of Wisconsin Right to Life, the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee asserted that if policy-makers don't believe a child in the womb is valuable, then "perhaps the same mind-set applies to other persons."

"What may they feel about an elderly person who doesn't have a whole lot of productive years left," Palin asked an audience of about 5,000 who paid $30 each to hear her speak in an airplane hangar-like exhibition hall at the Wisconsin state fairgrounds just outside of Milwaukee. "In order to save government money, government health care has to be rationed ... [so] than this elderly person that perhaps could be seen as costing taxpayers to pay for a non-productive life? Do you think our elderly will be first in line for limited health care?

"And what about the child who perhaps isn't deemed normal or perfect per someone's subjective measure of their use or questionable purpose in the eyes of a panel of bureaucrats making our health care decisions for us," she continued.


Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reports: Sarah Palin, Barney Frank to headline Gridiron Club Winter Dinner December 5. Can this be for real? Apparently, yes, and Hot Air wonders: "What's the consummate Beltway outsider doing speaking at the consummate Beltway insider event?"

November 7

Before and After Pelosicare Vote

At Facebook, Palin posts prior to the Saturday night House vote:

Speaker Pelosi: Your Blue Dogs are Howling

Speaker Pelosi has already broken many promises thus far in this "reform" exercise. She promised that this would be a bi-partisan effort, but the bill she's pushing isn't bi-partisan. She promised that the final version of the bill would be posted online 72 hours before it comes to a vote so that the American people could clearly see what's in it and how we will pay for it. But she broke that promise too when she decided to rush the bill to a vote this weekend.

The speaker must be held accountable for her broken promises. ...

-- Sarah Palin

P.S. For an idea of the bureaucratic maze that the Pelosi bill would create, take a look at this new chart put out by the Joint Economic Committee.

And after:

The Pelosi Bill Was Rammed Through on Saturday, But Sunday’s Coming

It’s broken promises like this that turn people off to politics and leave them disillusioned about the future of their country. ...

We need to let our legislators in Washington know that they still represent us, and that the majority of Americans are not in favor of the “reform” they are pushing. After all, this is still a country “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” We will make our voices heard. It’s on to the Senate now. Our legislators can listen now, or they can hear us in 2010. It’s their choice.

-- Sarah Palin

November 8

At Facebook, in Commemorating a Victim for Freedom, Palin evokes Ronald Reagan:

Ronald Reagan never stopped regarding the Berlin Wall as an affront to human freedom. When so many other American leaders and opinion makers had come to accept its presence as inevitable and permanent, Reagan still hammered away at the Wall’s very premise in human tyranny, until finally the Wall itself was hammered down. Its downfall wasn’t the work of Reagan alone. Our president’s actions were joined with the brave acts of many individuals who stood firm and united in facing the Soviet Union. The Berlin Wall came down because millions of people behind the Iron Curtain refused to accept the fate of enslavement and their supporters in the West refused to accept that the “captive nations” would remain captive forever.

Contrast with Obama’s phoned in speech, which pointedly ignored Reagan and referred to John F. Kennedy and -- surprise! -- himself.

November 9

Going Rogue around America

Palin’s book tour begins November 18 -- the day after its release -- in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Like Sarah, the tour itself will go rogue, avoiding big cities and seeking out more middle America, including cities like Fort Wayne, Roanoke, Birmingham, and Fort Bragg.

See schedule at Facebook.