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Thursday, October 29, 2009  

The Bubble is about to Starburst

I need a Winn-Dixie grocery bag full of money. Right now to the VIP section:

A conservative Iowa group’s effort to lure Sarah Palin to its banquet next month has had an unintended effect: Rather than exciting conservatives about the prospect of a visit from the former Alaska governor, the group’s plan to raise a six-figure sum to bring her to the state has GOP activists recoiling at the thought of paying to land a politician's speaking appearance.

The Iowa Family Policy Center’s effort to cobble together $100,000 for Palin would represent a striking departure from customary practice in the first-in-the-nation state, these Republicans say, noting that a generation of White House hopefuls has paid their own way to boost their party and presidential ambitions.

I guess this pretty much settles the scandal vs. selling-out mystery of her resignation from office. It looks like the bill is finally coming due for the irrationally exuberant run-up last year.

..adding only that this is hardly blameworthy on Palin's part. It's not as though time is going to be kind to her speaking fees. And if conservative groups want to splurge on hosting the political equivalent of a reality-show star rather than organizing and so forth, that's all to the good as far as I'm concerned. People on the right seemed to think we liberals were scared of Sarah Palin, which was generally not true. It's even less true now that she seems intent on bleeding the movement as much as she can.

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posted by Benjamin Dueholm | 12:38 PM
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