Three years ago DC pundits predicted with glee the demise of Sarah Palin’s political career. This past weekend their tune changed, citing false information that she has made a decision and set a date regarding a future campaign.
Any professional pundit claiming to have “inside information” regarding Governor Palin’s personal decision is not only wrong but their comments are specifically intended to mislead the American public. These are the same tired establishment political games that fuel the 24 hour news cycle and that all American’s will hopefully reject in 2012, and this is more of the “politics-as-usual” that Sarah Palin has fought against throughout her career.
She’s clearly taking shots at Rove and Morris for their speculations. I don’t think these guys claimed to have inside information, they were just giving their opinions. Really, can you blame people for speculating? Especially given the venue and the hype? Palin supporters were among the first to jump on the “it’s the anniversary of her RNC speech, in Iowa, in September,” etc… The Tea Party groups have been hyping it up as well.
The only people who claimed to have inside information were Conroy and Walshe, and they both said she probably wouldn’t announce. So… now I’m all confused.
People are desperate for an announcement. My guess is that Palin didn’t plan on announcing at this rally, probably didn’t think much of it when she accepted the gig, and things got out of hand.
The Iowa video is what really fueled speculation though this past week. What Palin doesn’t want is for all of her credibility to go away if she doesn’t announce on September 3rd. I’m glad she put out this post to soften the blow if she doesn’t announce at this venue.
There seems to be outrage (outraaagah!) at Karl Rove for saying this:
[Palin] has a schedule next week that looks like that of a candidate, not a celebrity…
The problem? He said this on August 20th. She’s not giving her speech in Iowa until September 3rd. That’s (count ‘em) 14 days from when he made the statement!!!! Therefore, Karl Rove is a sucky lying douchebag of a man who pretends to know her schedule when he doesn’t.
[Insert eye roll here.]
From what I can gather, this seems to be the basis for the charge that “professional pundits” were claiming to have inside information (maybe it’s not, but that’s what all the outraged people think, and given Mark Levin’s comments and Hamby’s below, I think it’s a reasonable assumption). Really? See, to me it looks like he skipped a week. Off the cuff statement. Didn’t bother to whip out his calendar before making said comment. But I could be wrong.
Then Peter Hamby (the guy who wrote the column praised by the SarahPAC note above) said this:
From 6 days ago RT @PeterHambyCNNChances Rove knows Palin’s schedule: zero
That was indeed tweeted on August 16th, four days before Rove made his heinous comment on the 20th. There is clearly some conspiracy to take Palin down somewhere in here.
Since I have a knack for not caring what Rove thinks about anything and never bothered to actually click on the “Rove thinks Palin is running” stories when they came out, I had to go do some digging. I looked up “Rove Palin” in custom news search for August 16th to see what he was purporting to know on that date. And I found it. The incriminating evidence:
Hannity asked Rove who he sees entering the Republican fray. Rove first mentioned Palin, who has said she would make a decision in either August or September, then he pointed to Christie, and even House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan as a possibility.“I think she is going to look seriously at it — I don’t know if any of these are going to actually get in,” Rove said. “Palin has got a pretty active schedule in early September. I think Chris Christie and Paul Ryan are going to look at it again. And I wouldn’t be surprised to, if all three of them gave serious consideration.”
Well, that’s it. String him up. He said she has an active schedule in early September. The gall of the man for pointing out what everyone on the planet already knew. He clearly does not deserve to take another breath.
And he didn’t stop there. He continued his campaign to mislead the public on the 17th in a WSJ column:
The first filing deadline is Oct. 14 for the Michigan primary. After that, candidates start losing opportunities. Sarah Palin has a jam-packed Labor Day week schedule that looks suspiciously like a candidate’s.
To the hangman’s noose!Tweet