Suddenly, after months of playing coy, Sarah Palin is being very straightforward about her presidential ambitions. She and members of her immediate family will embark this Memorial Day weekend on a "One Nation" bus tour, kicking off in Washington, D.C., and heading up through the northeast corridor and then to parts unknown. Just kidding: She'll then go to places with key early primaries—places where a hagiographical full-length movie about Palin will be screened.
According to Real Clear Politics, which broke the news: "In spite of the celebrity profile that she has embraced since 2008, the unorthodox nature of the bus tour indicates that Palin recognizes that she would have to run a grass-roots campaign that removes some of her shine, in order to highlight her blue-collar persona" (because nothing says blue-collar like getting a movie made about you). Still, it appears that Palin is leaning heavily toward a run, and her timing is impeccable: She's stepping on the heels of Tea Party rival Michele Bachmann's own campaign prelude (not to mention ruining reporters' holiday weekends).
The Palin Meter pole-vaults all the way up to 75 percent.
Previous Palin Meter Readings
Friday, May 20, 2011: 50 percent
Tuesday, May 17, 2011: 43 percent
Tuesday, May 10, 2011: 39 percent
Thursday, May 5, 2011: 46 percent
Thursday, April 28, 2011: 44 percent
Monday, April 18, 2011: 44 percent
Thursday, April 14, 2011: 39 percent
Tuesday, April 5, 2011: 43 percent
Monday, March 28, 2011: 49 percent
Wednesday, March 23, 2011: 53 percent
Friday, March 18, 2011: 55 percent
Wednesday, March 16, 2011: 55 percent
Thursday, March 10, 2011: 48 percent
Tuesday, March 8, 2011: 35 percent
Monday, March 7, 2011: 40 percent
Friday, March 3, 2011: 45 percent
Tuesday, March 1, 2011: 51 percent
TODAY IN SLATE
The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola
The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.
I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.
Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.
Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore
And schools are getting worried.
160 Countries Host Marches to Demand Action on Climate Change
- Protesters Take to the Streets to Sound Alarm on Climate Change in New York, Across the World
- Knife-Carrying White House Jumper is Vet who Feared “Atmosphere Was Collapsing”
- North Korea: American Sentenced to Hard Labor Wanted to Become “Second Snowden”
- Almost One in Four Americans Support Idea of Splitting From the Union