... A Palin confidant said he is 95% certain she won't run. Ms. Palin's image among the broader public has dimmed in recent months, polls show, particularly after she used the term "blood libel" to rebut accusations from critics that attempted to link her assertive rhetoric to the Arizona shooting rampage that killed six people and seriously injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D., Ariz.).The Journal's article also mentions Palin's upcoming tour of the "historical sites that were key to the formation, survival and growth of the United States of America. The tour will originate in Washington, D.C., and will proceed north up the East Coast."
The April Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that 25% view her favorably while 53% view her unfavorably. Only 9% of those polled felt very positively toward her, a low in Journal polling, while 41% viewed her very negatively, a new high.
The confidant said Ms. Palin is well aware of those numbers. She doesn't want the negative scrutiny that would come from a run, and she doesn't want to jeopardize the lucrative speaking, broadcasting and book-writing career that has followed her unsuccessful run for the vice presidency, this person said. ...
ABC News may have some more information about Palin's tour. It's said to be a bus tour. Palin may be more interested in publicity than in American history, but it could be entertaining. Who but Sarah Palin could go to Philadelphia and say something like, "I just love that this old liberty bell cracked as Ben Franklin rang it to warn folks in Massachussets the British were coming."