It's official: Sarah Palin will not be one of the speakers at the upcoming Republican convention in Tampa. That's not really a big surprise. What is at least somewhat surprising is that she made the announcement on BFF Greta Van Susteren's blog. UPDATED: It doesn't look like she'll be doing any campaigning with the candidates, either.
YOU SEE IT FIRST RIGHT HERE, Van Susteren wrote in her headline. The rest of the post was an excerpt from Palin's statement:
...This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I’m excited to hear them. As I’ve repeatedly said, I support Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in their efforts to replace President Obama at the ballot box, and I intend to focus on grassroots efforts to rally Independents and the GOP base to elect Senate and House members so a wise Congress is ready to work with our new President to get our country back on the right path...
She'll be working on "grassroots efforts?" Sounds to me like neither Romney nor Ryan want to make any appearances with her.
UPDATE: My suspicions about Palin not appearing with Romney or Ryan were confirmed by this interview she did earlier today on Fox:
At about 5:40, she's asked by host Shannon Bream about her upcoming participation in the Romney campaign. Palin said:
You know what? I think, Shannon, it's important that people remember that this is a time, though, for maybe some new voices, new faces, new energy out there to really engage with the base, and with independents and my mission has been to help and not to hurt and sometimes 'to help' means you do step back, you step away and independently work for that enthusiasm that's needed for people to show up at the polls in November and elect a new president and allow in the meantime some more, I guess, conventional measures in a campaign based on other people's voices being heard.
Use the Internets & Tweeters to gets your important TPs out to the base and thus bypass the Drivel-Weasels (rMoney & rLyin).