Palin showed up uninvited Sunday - dressed in black leather, and presumably carrying that fire in her belly - at the Rolling Thunder veterans' bike rally in Arlington, Virginia.
(Some political bloggers are reporting that Palin is up to her old tricks again, showing up at the rally with notes written on her hand.)
-via CBS News
Sarah Palin causes stir at Rolling Thunder
Riding onto the scene on the back of a Harley-Davidson, Sarah Palin made a dramatic entrance Sunday at a much-anticipated appearance with the Rolling Thunder bike rally in Arlington, Virginia, an early stop on her recently-launched national bus tour.
The annual motorcycle ride, part of a two-day effort by the Rolling Thunder nonprofit organization, means to draw attention to American troops who have gone missing in combat and remain unaccounted for. Hundreds of participants ride in support of the cause yearly.
Palin did not give a speech during her appearance, but said, when asked about the significance of the event, that it was important to honor men and women in uniform.
The former Alaska governor was joined by her husband, Todd, and daughters Bristol and Piper, the whole family riding in on motorcycles. (Todd helmed a black and burgundy cycle with Piper on the back, and Bristol and the former vice presidential candidate each rode on the back of separate bikes.)
Speculation has been building in recent days about Palin's intentions regarding a presidential bid - particularly in light of her announcement regarding the bus tour, as well as the revelation that she cooperated in producing a full-length documentary about her political rise.
But when asked whether or not she was planning to jump into the race, Palin said, "I don't know yet."
he former governor's participation received mix reviews from Rolling Thunder organizers and participants, according to the Washington Post.
"I'm very not appreciative of the way she came in here," Ted Shpak, Rolling Thunder's national legislative director, told the Post. "If she wanted to come on the ride, she should have come in the back."
Rolling Thunder rider Mark Posey added, in an interview with the Post, that the event was not the place to launch a presidential campaign: "I think she has no reason to be involved in this," he said of Palin. "If she's launching her campaign to run for president, I don't think this is the place to start."
In case you're wondering if Palin will actually throw her hat into the ring...the answer is no. Why? Because the Democrats would love to see her run!
But I'll let MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell break it down for you. O'Donnell explained last Thursday that the political press has learned nothing from Trump's fake campaign and is now turning its attention towards Palin's fraudulent bid.
From The Huffington Post:
One line in the article--about Palin's rumored purchase of a house in Arizona--proved to be especially amusing for O'Donnell. It said that the house "could serve as a base for a presidential campaign."
"My house, in theory, could serve as the base for a presidential campaign," O'Donnell said. " ... But most $1.7 million homes in Scottsdale, Arizona serve as a base for retirement of very rich white people who enjoy the company of other retired very rich white people. The Palin home is actually minutes away from the home of Dan Quayle, where Palin can easily obtain authoritative advice on what life has in store for losing vice presidential candidates who will never be president."
O'Donnell also scoffed at the Times' quoting a local Republican Party chair in Iowa, who said that Palin's followers think she will run.
"We called him today and he confirmed my suspicion that he has never met Sarah Palin, and has no idea about what she may be thinking about anything," O'Donnell said. His conclusion? Palin is simply trying to keep her name in the national spotlight. He pointed to Fox News' quick assurance that it is not removing Palin as a contributor as evidence that she will not run.