Palin's Razor

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June 22 2011 12:32 PM

Palin's Razor

The "One Nation" bus tour isn't continuing , and it isn't the start of a Palin presidential campaign. Oops!

Though Palin and her staff never announced a timeline for the remaining legs of her trip, aides had drafted preliminary itineraries that would have taken her through the Midwest and Southeast at some point this month. But those travel blueprints are now in limbo, RCP has learned, as Palin and her family have reverted to the friendly confines of summertime Alaska, where the skies are currently alight for over 19 hours a day and the Bristol Bay salmon fishing season is nearing its peak.

As Palin enjoys her sojourn to the 49th state, she has not reconnected with key early-state figures like Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, and she may have jeopardized whatever political momentum she gained from her recent reemergence in the 2012 discussion. Her political action committee's website still greets visitors with a stale banner, announcing the nationwide bus tour beginning "[t]his Sunday, May 29th."

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This reminds me of that horrible week in 2010 when Bristol Palin re-connected with Levi Johnston and inspired a wave of speculation -- which must have been a plot by Palin to clean up a potential hurdle to her presidential hopes! It wasn't. Everything Palin does must be viewed with respect to Palin's razor:

The simplest explanation for what Sarah Palin does is most likely that she is Sarah Palin.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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