One of the full-time jobs Sarah Palin must undertake, besides wife, mom, politician, possible presidential candidate, and source of rage from the left, is correcting media reports about her. A case in point concerned future bus trips.
A case in point occurred when Real Clear Politics wondered when, if ever, the promised bus trips to Iowa and then South Carolina were going to occur. Had Palin given up on them and perhaps any thought of running for president?
Not quite. Palin, no doubt in exasperation, had to set the story straight once again on Facebook.
“As I said myself at the end of the east coast leg of the tour, the summer is long, and I’m looking forward to hitting the open road again. The coming weeks are tight because civic duty calls (like most everyone else, even former governors get called up for jury duty) and I look forward to doing my part just like every other Alaskan.”
Riehl World View actually did some research and it seems that Alaska law from time to time requires its residents to be available for jury duty for perhaps 30 days at a time. That suggests that Palin, even though a former governor, is stuck in Wasilla until about the middle of July.
Palin was, as has been her practice, coy about when the next bus trip is supposed to occur. This may be because she means to keep her schedule flexible. It also likely means that she wants to keep the media guessing. That last serves the dual purpose of torturing the media, which Palin seems to enjoy, and keeping up the buzz and speculation, which she must then correct from time to time when it gets wide of reality.
One wonders, taking the bait and speculating, what sort of trial Palin might be selected for, provided that a high-profile, controversial public figure such as herself were to pass voir dire. One suspects that if the case in question concerned a traffic violation or a murder, the media would find some way to try to stick pins in Palin about it.
In the meantime, it looks like the Sudan trip is out. Scheduling and security considerations are said to have factored in the decision. The new nation of South Sudan is being born in fire and blood and the independence ceremony may be too risky to attend. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may be a no-show as well, according to the Washington Post.
Sources: Palin Bus Tour Takes Extended Pit Stop, Scott Conroy, Real Clear Politics, June 22, 2011
*Sigh* Reports of Tour Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated, Sarah Palin, Facebook, June 22, 2011
Palin Sentenced To 30 Days … of Jury Duty, Riehl World View, June 23, 2011
Palin cancels trip to Sudan, Amy Gardner, Washington Post, June 22, 2011