Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour To Political Oblivion

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We dropped by the offices of Fox News yesterday to visit with Roger Ailes. As it happens, his lunch date on Wednesday was Sarah Palin. So we asked: what’s up with the bus tour?  Mr. Ailes said (inexact quote here): “I have no idea if she’s running.  I don’t think she really knows, either.”As we’ve noted before, the major obstacle between Sarah Palin and the 2012 (or 2016) GOP presidential nomination is the widespread perception that she is not up to the job.  This obstacle is such that in a general election, roughly two-thirds of American voters would “definitely not” vote for her for president. If she is to have any political future, she needs to change this perception.

What follows here are a series of photographs from her “One Nation” bus tour, which is being billed by her boosters as the precursor to a Palin for President campaign. If that is in fact the case, then Mrs. Palin needs to get herself an entirely new team of political advisors.

Making fools of the media (which seems to be the real purpose of the bus tour) may be fun, but it’s politically self-defeating.  It does nothing to change the perception that she is not up to the job of being president of the United States.  It makes her look more like Paris Hilton and nothing like Margaret Thatcher.

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