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article imageSarah Palin to launch One Nation Tour on Memorial Day weekend

By Lynn Herrmann     May 27, 2011 in Politics
Washington - Sarah Palin, the ex-governor of Alaska and Fox News contributor, will embark on her One Nation Tour beginning Memorial Day Weekend, originating in Washington DC and visiting historical sites on her way to what some are saying could be a presidential bid.
Palin’s website, SarahPAC, reports the former vice-presidential candidate will begin her bus tour in the nation’s capitol and visit historic sites which were vital to the nation’s “formation, survival, and growth,” proceeding up the eastern US coast.
On Thursday, NPR reported Palin and her husband, Todd, have purchased a home in northern Scottsdale, AZ, close to a major air transportation hub, with speculation being it will be easy for her to fly to the Washington beltway she has so openly criticized, rather than from remote Alaska.
A new Gallup poll shows Palin as a strong contender in the GOP field, trailing Mitt Romney by just two percentage points and while some Democrats are worried about the color of President Obama’s skin, Palin finds herself in a much stronger position than just two weeks ago when the Republican field of presidential hopefuls began its process of elimination.
The Canadian Press (CP) reports a new documentary on Palin’s shortened governorship will be released in Iowa, a key primary state, in June. “Undefeated” was produced by Stephen Bannon, a conservative filmmaker and reportedly will portray Palin as inspirational, comparing her to former movie actor and president Ronald Reagan.
Bannon, an ex-Goldman Sachs banker, believes the film will be an image-maker for Palin. “This film is a call to action for a campaign like 1976: Reagan vs. the establishment,” Bannon told RealClearPolitics. “Let's have a good old-fashioned brouhaha.”
However, Palin still has a few hurdles to overcome. New York Magazine just published a piece on Fox News chairman Roger Ailes and the money-making circus he runs. In the article, a Republican source close to Ailes said: “He thinks things are going in a bad direction. Roger is worried about the future of the country. He thinks the election of Obama is a disaster. He thinks Palin is an idiot. He thinks she’s stupid. He helped boost her up. People like Sarah Palin haven’t elevated the conservative movement.”
CP notes Palin recently hired two former George W. Bush aides, an attempt to solidify her staff. No stranger to controversy, she is apparently trying to improve her public image which was dealt a heavy blow after the assassination attempt of Democrat Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona early this year.
Palin’s website once showed Gifford’s congressional district with crosshairs over it and responded to criticism of such a message as “blood libel,” in turn offending Jews.
Adding to the speculation is Palin’s own vague approach to a presidential run announcement, telling Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren: “I have that fire in my belly,” CP notes. To another Fox News cohort, Sean Hannity, she said: “I want to make sure that we have a candidate out there with Tea Party principles.”
Principles or not - Palin resigned her run as Alaska governor under heavy suspicions - Palin is positioning herself to clear up a cloudy past, positioning herself toward dependence on a mass marketing campaign in a country dependent on mass marketing.
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