Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s unorthodox “One Nation” bus tour will be making a stop in the early-voting state of South Carolina, “well-informed” sources tell the website Real Clear Politics.
“Palin’s trip is divided into three separate segments, in which visits to each of the first three voting states – New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina – will be the geographical centerpieces,” the website reported.
Palin’s South Carolina visit – her first trip to the Palmetto state in seven months – will reportedly come later this month.
Like other stops on Palin’s “Magical Mystery Tour,” however, no details have been announced for the South Carolina trip – and they might not be. In fact, Palin has been playing cat and mouse with members of the “lamestream” media throughout her bus tour – which has included stops at Mount Vernon, Fort McHenry and Liberty Island in New York.
Rather than diminish media coverage, however, Palin’s strategy has produced a flood of attention – prompting announced candidates like former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to complain. It has also completely sucked the oxygen out of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s official presidential announcement, scheduled for Thursday in New Hampshire.
Palin’s 2012 presidential aspirations have revived in recent weeks thanks to several high-profile Republican withdrawals from the race. Our founding editor has been critical of Palin in the past – and vice versa – but we continue to keep an open mind about her prospective candidacy.
Obviously, that’s more than we can say for most of her potential opponents …
Palin made a big splash in South Carolina when she endorsed Nikki Haley in the GOP gubernatorial primary – and aggressively defended Haley from allegations of infidelity. Haley has repaid the favor by saying that she doesn’t owe Palin anything.