Yesterday and the day before, the media was full of stories about how Sarah Palin has suspended her bus tour. Here are a few sample headlines:
Scott Conroy, Real Clear Politics: Palin Bus Tour Takes Extended Pit Stop
Colby Hall, Mediaite: No Joke, Sarah Palin Quits One Nation Bus Tour halfway Through
Talking Points Memo (TPMDC) : Sarah Palin Reportedly Quits Bus Tour Halfway Through
Salon: Sarah Palin Baffles And Frustrates Fans by Quitting Bus tour.
Kirsten Boyd Johnson, Wonkette: Sarah Palin Follows Comedy Rules and Quits Bus tour Halfway Through
New York Magazine - Sarah Palin Was Supposed to be Delighting Us all With ANother Bus Tour By now
PuffHo even ran a nifty little 'comedy' pictorial called '36 Reasons Why Sarah Palin Probably Quit Her Bus Tour' making vicious fun of Governor Palin and her family. And no, you won't find it linked here.
So..after all that what was the real reason Governor Palin curtailed her tour?
Here's the real, scandalous truth... wait for it..she got called for jury duty.
Yes, as a private citizen and a resident of Alaska, she's still in the database. Here's what she had to say about it:
Imagine our surprise when reading media reports today that the “One Nation Tour” has been cancelled. Why didn’t anyone tell me? Oh, wait, that’s because it hasn’t been cancelled. (Good ol' media... you never cease to amaze!)
As I said myself at the end of the east coast leg of the tour, the summer is long, and I’m looking forward to hitting the open road again. The coming weeks are tight because civic duty calls (like most everyone else, even former governors get called up for jury duty) and I look forward to doing my part just like every other Alaskan.
I wouldn’t think it to be such a slow news day that, what with numerous wars and serious economic woes concerning Americans, a bus is driving news stories today. The next leg of the tour continues when the time comes. In the meantime, no one should jump to conclusions – certainly not the media with their long track record of getting things wrong or just making things up.After all the snide headlines referring to Governor Palin as a quitter, I have yet to see one retraction from anyone. Not one. And just imagine the headlines these people would have made if she had ignored the summons and just kept going on tour!
They remind me of small puppies who haven't been house trained yet, peeing in a corner and hoping no one notices.
In their entire lifetimes, none of them will ever accomplish even remotely close to what Governor Palin already has. But then again, none of them will likely ever enjoy the happiness she has in her own accomplishments or in her personal life either.