Photo by Mark Garfinkel
By Gary P Jackson
Everywhere Sarah Palin and her family go on their One Nation Tour she is mobbed by supporters. This is significant because she's been doing this in deep blue states. Sarah Palin is the type of person who loves to mingle with the crowds. She's always been one of the best at retail politics. She's a people person, and connects one on one very well.
Thursday morning Sarah and her family toured the historic sites in Boston. They were well received. As the Boston Herald points out, not everyone is happy though. The Republican establishment is in high dudgeon because Sarah's trip to Boston, and her clambake tonight in New Hampshire, is completely overshadowing Mitt Romney's presidential announcement.
GOP megastar Sarah Palin turned the Freedom Trail into a street party this morning as she toured Boston’s historic sites with her family in her latest stop in a headline-grabbing East Coast trip.
She first stopped by the Old North Church and gift shop where she posed for photos and handed out copies of the Constitution to kids.
The throng of supporters then followed her to Paul Revere’s House where a worker at the gift shop gave Palin a T-shirt with the famous saying, "Don’t Tread on Me."
"I feel at home," Palin said to her dad, Chuck Heath, who was next to her inside the gift shop. "This is good. This is so nice."
Her dad told the Herald after that his daughter is from a "normal family" and they are all enjoying the trip. "We support her in whatever she does. She’s very honest."
On Bunker Hill, Palin did a little politicking criticizing Mitt Romney, who announced his candidacy for president today, saying his health care mandate for Massachusetts could hurt him.
"In my opinion, any mandate coming from government is not a good thing," Palin told reporters.
Palin is driving straight into a Republican Party furor as her headline-grabbing One Nation tour threatened to overshadow today’s presidential announcement by Romney, a party front-runner in most polls.
"She will certainly be in New Hampshire to rain on Mitt’s parade," wrote Massachusetts GOP spokesman Tim Buckley in an e-mail obtained by the Herald. Bay State GOP officials confirmed yesterday that Buckley wrote the e-mail, but said it was a private exchange and not an official communication.
"I guess she blew in with the storm," sniffed state House minority leader Bradley H. Jones (R-North Reading) yesterday, a longtime Romney supporter. "She may generate a lot of attention, but given the choice between seeing Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, I’d much rather see Romney."
But Palin fans, who breathlessly tracked her bus trip from New York to Boston’s Long Wharf Marriott yesterday via Twitter, gloated that Romney’s noon 2012 presidential announcement in Stratham, N.H., is doomed to obscurity.
"Mitt Romney will be talking to himself," said Judson Phillips, leader of Tea Party Nation. "It’s stupid for him to announce in the middle of her tour. He’ll just get buried in the noise. He’ll be an afterthought."
Romney is expected to return to the Bay State for a big-bucks fund-raiser at the Four Seasons tonight hosted by former Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker. Neither Romney nor Palin’s spokespeople returned requests for comment.
Palin launched her tour on Sunday, and has passed through Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Yesterday, she made stops at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty in New York City before heading to Boston where, Palin said, she planned to visit the Freedom Trail.
On the jaunt, the former Alaska governor has played coy with reporters, who have been reduced to tracking her movements via Web and street rumor in a media scavenger hunt. Palin has told reporters she is still considering running for the Oval Office but hasn’t made up her mind, and has declined to notify local Republican officials of her itinerary in any of her East Coast stops.
Handing out copies of the Constitution to kids and visiting locals in such a historic city. Looks like Sarah is spreading the message of Liberty and Freedom, just as she promised she would.
Read more and watch video of the event here.