What's Sarah Palin going to say in her big speech on Saturday?
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One thing she’s apparently not going to say is that she’s running for president. At least, she won’t say that directly. She’s hit back so strongly at pundits who predicted she might announce at the Iowa meeting that it’s hard to imagine her backing down now.
That said, reports indicate she’s going to use this forum, before people who might be her core supporters, for a two-pronged political offensive of the sort a presidential candidate might make.
First, she may try to outflank potential Republican primary opponents by portraying herself as the most genuine political outsider. According to National Review Online, she’s going to mention Washington’s “compromised political class,” for instance. Hmm, who might be a member of that? Maybe ... Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) of Minnesota, another tea party favorite? Bachmann is a three-term US lawmaker, which by some people’s definitions might make her a career politician.
Palin will also offer a “serious critique of crony capitalism,” according to National Review. Might that be a bank shot aimed at Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the new GOP frontrunner? He’s sometimes accused of steering state contracts to campaign donors, back home.
We’re not saying Palin will mention Bachmann and Perry by name. What we’re saying is that she could be laying the groundwork to explain why she is a different choice than other insurgent-like candidates. She might say she’s the true, original maverick. Going Rogue!