Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s “One Nation” bus tour has generated considerable publicity and annoyed members of the national political press corps. That’s what they call a “win-win” in Palin-world.
She also made some news today, calling for the elimination of all energy subsidies, which presumably would include subsidies for ethanol, which are popular with corn farmers in Iowa.
“I think that all of our energy subsidies need to be relooked at today and eliminated,” Palin told Real Clear Politics, while campaigning in Pennsylvania. “And we need to make sure that we’re investing and allowing our businesses to invest in reliable energy products right now that aren’t going to necessitate subsidies because, bottom line, we can’t afford it.”
Iowa holds the the first caucus of the 2012 GOP presidential campaign. If Mrs. Palin runs for president, she likely will be “expected” to win there (at most) or run a very strong second (at least). So the call for the elimination of all energy subsidies carries significant political risk.
Real Clear Politics today also reports that Mrs. Palin’s bus tour will travel to Iowa in June, which would be her first visit to the state this year. According to RCP‘s sources, the entire bus tour is being seen by the Palins as a “test drive” to see whether the family can be a family and run for president at the same time.