Today may be a good day for most Americans, but it has turned into a disappointing one for political bloggers. Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump has announced that Sarah Palin will not speak at next week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Trump said in an interview with the Washington Examiner that Palin won’t be coming to the convention. The reason? Alaska is too far away. Here’s how The Donald explained it.
She was asked. It’s a little bit difficult because of where she is. We love Sarah. Little bit difficult because of, you know, it’s a long ways away.
It’s about an 11-hour flight from Alaska to Cleveland. A long time on an airplane but Palin has traveled farther in order to promote herself and her politics before. Politico points out that in 2011 she traveled to New York City to enjoy a slice of pizza with Trump. During that get together the duo outraged New Yorkers by eating their pizza with a fork — something that is considered a major faux pas in NYC. And this year she made multiple stops to campaign for Trump. Some of those were close to her Alaska home, such as California, but she also went to Florida and Oklahoma on Trump’s behalf.
This may be the first time since she hit the national spotlight in 2008 that Palin has turned down an opportunity to bask in the glow of her adoring GOP minions. Maybe she didn’t think the spotlight would shine brightly enough on her. Or maybe Trump didn’t think there would be room enough in the hall for the former half-term governor’s ego as well as his. Whatever the reason, little right-wing hearts must be breaking all over the country.
Maybe Palin was expecting to get the nod as Trump’s VP pick, and staying home is her hissy fit over not making the final cut of prospective running mates for the reality tv star. Who knows? Perhaps she’ll pop out of a cake to join the gang on stage. Surprise!
Trump has described his list of speakers as “winners.” Palin definitely doesn’t fit that mold. By one estimate, her presence on the 2008 Republican ticket cost that year’s nominee, John McCain, over two million votes. Could it be that he didn’t think she would work out among a group that includes such “winners” as failed NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, hot-headed former basketball coach Bobby Knight and anti-“Mooslim” evangelist Franklin Graham?
Whatever the reasons for Palin’s absence, one thing is for sure — bloggers all over the country will now have to come up with alternate material to replace all of the Palin stories we were prepared to write. She does still have that home tv studio, though, so there’s always hope she’ll weigh in with some inanity or another during the festivities.
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