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May312011

Rogue Is Vogue: What Is Sarah Palin Trying to Tell Us?

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- For the last 48 hours, the biggest mystery in political circles was where Sarah Palin and her giant tour bus, draped in images of the American flag and the Constitution, were going next.

She's already stopped in Washington, D.C., Mount Vernon, and Fort McHenry in Maryland. On Tuesday, she starts in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and her next stops continue to be the subject of intense speculation.

"Many of the mainstream media are looking for kind of a conventional campaign type tour and I’ve said from that beginning that this isn’t a campaign tour except to campaign on our Constitution, our charters of liberty," Palin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren in an interview broadcast Monday night. "I don't think I owe anything to the mainstream media...I want them to have to do a little bit of work on a tour like this."

So, if Palin's goal is to bypass traditional media, the bigger mystery may be why we keep scrambling to cover her like a traditional candidate.

The narrative of her trip is beginning to sound a lot like a grade school, "What I did on my summer vacation" routine.  Palin's getting asked mostly the same question about her 2012 presidential ambitions at each stop along the way, and giving mostly the same non-committal answer.

"I don’t know. I honestly don't know," she told reporters on Monday. "It's still a matter of looking at the field and considering much.  There truly is a lot to consider before you throw yourself out there in the name of service to the public because it's so all-consuming."

There's evidence that despite her ability to get non-stop, almost obsessive attention from the press, she garners only a fraction of that interest from voters in her own party.

A recent Gallup survey found that while she has almost universal name recognition among Republican voters, her approval rating is just 48 percent.  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the nominal frontrunner in this still-fluid primary, has a 56 percent approval rating.

Even so, Palin has already succeeded in doing two things this week: making herself the center of the story, and poking the mainstream media in the eye.

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