Sarah Palin buttons are displayed for sale outside the Safari Club International Convention in Reno, Nevada January 29, 2011
After skipping the popular Conservative Political Action Conference for the past three years, Sarah Palin has once again turned down the invitation of CPAC officials to address the conference this year.
CPAC organizers invited Palin to deliver the closing-night keynote speech on Saturday Feb. 12, immediately following the announcement of the results of CPAC’s annual presidential straw poll, but after several days of negotiations, she declined.
“We’re disappointed that she wasn’t able to make it this year,” American Conservative Union Chairman David Keene said through a spokesman on Thursday. He noted that Palin “expressed interest in wanting to come this year,” but said that it came down to “a scheduling issue.”
I think Sarah is afraid of what a third or fourth place finish in the Presidential Straw Poll would do to her brand. You know that Mitt Romney would bus folks in and spare no expense.
Sarah Palin does not need CPAC to be better known among conservatives, unlike Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels. If her polling against President Obama continues in the doldrums, she will NOT run for President anyway.
Sarah, if not a candidate, can speak next year at CPAC and deliver the red meat.