Palin Won’t Be at First GOP Debate

Headlining a “tribute to the troops” will probably be remembered by voters in a more positive light than talking tax reform with Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, so there’s little to no political downside to this:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will headline a military appreciation event and fundraiser on May 2 in Colorado — the same day as the first GOP presidential primary debate in California.

The potential presidential candidate is scheduled to speak at an event titled “Tribute to the Troops With Sarah Palin” at Colorado Christian University, in the Denver area.

The 7 p.m. Mountain Time event falls on the same day as the NBC News-Politico debate — the first of the GOP primary season — which will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

That certainly doesn’t mean she’s not running. As a matter of fact, assuming she is running, considering the other hats that it looks like will be in the ring, she’d be wise to stay clear for a while and truly “go rogue” until much later in 2011 when things start to matter. Besides, she already had a good photo op at the Reagan Ranch.

Do you want to know which five candidates Charles Krauthammer predicts will be at the top vying for the GOP nomination? Well, you’re going to find out anyway:


Depressed yet? Hopefully the good doctor is way off base.

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