PalinTracker: Get On The Bus
Sarah's been busy! And the media's fit to be tied. What? A bus tour ripe for a media circus, and the ringmaster offers no itinerary, no advances, no press conferences, no respect?
That fact that Palin's One Nation bus tour hasn't been about catering to the media, but about connecting her family and fellow citizens to our nation's roots, has driven them mad-dog crazy -- and your faithful PalinTracker is here to document the day-by-day craziness for you.
First, catch the spirit with The Case of the Missing Hare. Then enrich your reading experience with the Looney Tunes Theme Song as background -- remember to refresh when the press starts going crazy -- with a reporter "forced" to relieve himself roadside while pursuing the Big Bad Bus.
But let's begin at the beginning and watch the momentum build, following Palin's announcement of her One Nation bus tour:
At Restoring the Good in America!, Palin lays out the purpose of her bus tour:
Our nation is at a critical turning point. As we look to the future, we are propelled by America's past. It's imperative that we connect with our founders, our patriots, our challenges and victories to clearly see our way forward. A good way to do this is to appreciate the significance of our nation's historic sites, patriotic events and diverse cultures, which we'll do in the coming weeks on our "One Nation" tour. (Read more)
Christian Science Monitor: Sarah Palin bus tour: Why won't she say where she's going?
[...] The Republican Party is really royal right now, inside-the-Beltway intelligentsia, power base is not oriented towards conservatism.
Conservative Republicans make them nervous. The inside-the-Beltway ruling class -- the elite -- they're more oriented toward candidates they can attach the word "serious" to -- which is another way of saying someone who is boring, who doesn't ruffle feathers, someone who exudes an air of formal education and sophistication -- she doesn't exude that, and I think it's going to shake a lot of people up.
[...] They're just as frightened in their own way as the Democrats are of Palin and one thing I think is inescapable -- particularly in looking at the Democrats -- the Democrats and the media will always tell you who they are afraid of by virtue of who they spend time trying to destroy.
First media pounce: Rolling Thunder: Sarah Palin not invited
Au contraire, reports Ed Morrisseey of Hot Air: Yes, Palin was invited to Rolling Thunder
Either way, in reality Palin branded Rolling Thunder and POW/MIA into public awareness big time -- a boost for Rolling Thunder's charity and legislative efforts.
For starters, there would be a vast reduction in the size of government instead of an exponential growth of the same: the record spending spree would stop. Palin has said repeatedly that she supports "cutting taxes and shrinking government," that we need to "go back to what Reagan did in the early 80s, [and] stay committed to those common sense free market principles that work." As she said during her speech in India in March of this year: "We need job growth. And that won't come from 'top-down government planning' [but] from the 'Free Market Ingenuity' of ordinary American entrepreneurs.
She did a disservice to every woman in America. She knew from the first month of pregnancy that kid was going to be Down's Syndrome. It's brain dead. A virtual vegetable. She carries it to all these different political events against abortion, she did it just because she didn't want to say she'd had an abortion. How long is it going to live? Another 12, 15 years? Doesn't even know it's in this world. So what kind of compassionate conservative is she? I don't think anybody will want her near the White House.
For sheer mastery of celebrity theater, Sarah Palin cannot be beat.
Ms. Palin, the former governor of Alaska, let the anticipation build for hours on Sunday in the Pentagon's North Parking Lot, where thousands of bikers (and their rumbling Harleys) had gathered for the annual Rolling Thunder rally ahead of Memorial Day.
And then, suddenly, there she was: Ms. Palin, with her husband, Todd, and the rest of the family. Wearing matching black Harley-Davidson helmets, they rode motorcycles toward the front of the procession through a crush of cameramen, photographers, reporters and leather-clad bikers, all jostling for just a peek at the woman who might be president.
Bloomberg's Albert Hunt: Republicans Can Stop Waiting for 2012 White Knight
Oh, really? Wasn't that what Obama's handlers were banking on?