Visitors watch a live broadcast outside the Pennsylvania Memorial at Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, May 30, 2011.
Sarah Palin, through her obsessive need to play cat and mouse with the media, is set to cause misery for many of her fans when she does not turn up, as rumoured, at various sites on her "vacation" comprising of a "One Nation Tour" which aims to "educate and energise Americans about our nations founding principles, in order to promote the Fundamental Restoration of America."
Reuters reports that yesterday
Palin was a no-show for several hundred supporters, celebrity-watchers and media who turned out in hopes of seeing her at the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg on Monday. She and her entourage arrived at a hotel outside the town late in the day and spoke to a smaller group of people gathered there.
Yesterday, Palin explained to Greta Van Susteren that she is running an "unconvential tour" and that she doesn't "owe anything to the mainstream media" because she "thinks that it would be a mistake for her to become some type of conventional type of politician and doing things the way that it has always been done with the media in terms of relationship with them." She wants the media to "have to do a little bit of work on a tour like this." Of course she says the tour is "not about me or politcs" rather "it is about highlighting the great things about America". Real Clear Politics notes that Palin is headed in the direction of Iowa in June and "that the road trip was designed as a test run to find out whether she can execute a decidedly unconventional campaign game plan."
In other words Palin knows that her unconventional approach will attract additional attention to her trip not less. This tour is designed to ensure that Palin's fans and those who are unsure about voting for her know that she is a relevant figure -- so relevant that the media is "going crazy trying to figure out what we're doing."
That Palin's games of let's play crazy hide and seek also leave her fans disappointed and unclear about her goals doesn't appear to matter -- sticking one into the media appears to be the prime aim. It's likely that more fans will be left confused and possibly even put out as the tour progresses and there will be similar statements made such as the following:
"I'm disappointed. Yeah, I would have liked to have seen her," said Sharon Danielski, who left after a nine-hour vigil.
A nine-hour vigil on a hot, sunny day, for a possible sighting of a woman only for her to turn up later outside the town at the Gettysburg Marriott Courtyard Hotel where she ran into members of the public who said that they are not Palin fans. Still, the rumours are that Palin and her family will turn up at the Gettysburg battlefield on Tuesday afternoon. After giving a short, off the record" interview
Palin posed for photos with the small group, and before hopping into an SUV to go shopping.
Piper, this years cutest prop available now that Trig can say "Grandma", has clearly had enough - watch this:
How long is this tour supposed to last?