Even though numerous potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates have recently starting blazing a path to the Hawkeye state, the one notable exception has been former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. That is going to change in December, when Palin will come to the state, not to campaign, but to hawk her book.
Barnes & Noble announced today that, “The world’s largest bookseller, announced today that Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate, will kick off the book tour for her new autobiography, Going Rogue: An American Life, with a book signing at the Woodland Mall Barnes & Noble in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ms. Palin will continue her tour at select Barnes & Noble bookstores nationwide. Going Rogue traces one ordinary citizen’s extraordinary journey, and imparts Sarah Palin’s vision of a way forward for America and her unfailing hope in the greatest nation on earth.”
Low and behold, Palin will be in Sioux City, IA on December 6 at 1:00 to sign copies of her book. Palin isn’t heading to Iowa to campaign for her fellow Republicans, or to start building a network ahead of the state’s presidential caucuses. Nope, she is heading to the state to sell some books. I don’t begrudge anyone the chance to earn a living, but one would think that if Palin was serious about running for president, she might do a little more in Iowa than sign a few autographs.
It is becoming apparent that Sarah Palin isn’t that interested in running for president. As crushing as this idea must be to her fans and followers, Palin is not acting like someone who has serious presidential ambitions. What she is trying to do is cash in on her 15 minutes of fame. Until there is some evidence that Palin is putting together a serious organization for 2012, I will continue to doubt that she is a legitimate contender for the presidency.