Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – Not two days ago, Sarah Palin was all but written off as a possible presidential contender by the national media and Republican insiders who considered the field of 2012 candidates to be settled.
Now, fittingly, one of the country's most unpredictable political figures is preparing to prove them wrong.
Palin announced on the SarahPAC website that she has laid the groundwork for a nationwide tour, beginning this weekend in the nation's capital, that will once again thrust her into the national spotlight as she decides whether to seek the GOP nomination.
"As we look to the future, we are propelled by America's past. It's imperative that we connect with our founders, our patriots, our challenges and victories to clearly see our way forward," she said, in a statement.
"A good way to do this is to appreciate the significance of our nation's historic sites, patriotic events and diverse cultures, which we'll do in the coming weeks on our "One Nation" tour.
The multi-city journey will take the former Alaska governor to a series of historical sites along the East Coast "that were key to the formation, survival and growth of the United States of America," a Palin source told CNN.
Other stops on the week-long tour are expected to include the civil war battlefields at Gettysburg and Antietam, Philadelphia–to visit the Liberty Bell–and one in New Hampshire.
The tour is primed to garner a flood of media attention thanks to the slow-starting presidential race.
It will begin over Memorial Day weekend, during Sunday's Rolling Thunder rally in Washington, an annual pilgrimage of bikers to honor fallen soldiers and prisoners of war.
News of the tour comes as speculation about Palin's presidential intentions reaches fever pitch.
After remaining relatively quiet throughout the spring, Palin recently rehired former advisers Jason Recher and Doug McMarlin, CNN has confirmed.
Recher and McMarlin organized travel logistics for Palin in the year following her return to Alaska after the 2008 presidential campaign, but they parted ways last year. The two men would be instrumental in mounting a presidential effort should she decide to run.
Palin has also given her blessing to a $1 million feature-length movie about her rise to the governor's office in Alaska that will be shown later this summer in the crucial early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
She recently returned from a trip to the Middle East aimed at burnishing her foreign policy credentials.
And reports indicate that the Palins recently purchased a $1.7 million home in Scottsdale, Arizona, which would offer them a more feasible location to run a campaign from than far-away Alaska.
Palin's political action committee would not confirm the purchase or speculate on where a potential campaign would be based.
While political observers have dismissed her chances by pointing out her lack of activity in the early states that typically vault candidates the presidential nomination, her supporters insist that claim overlooks Palin's political mojo.
She is, her backers say, the only potential Republican candidate with the kind of star power required to skip early nominating hurdles like the network debates or the closely watched Ames Straw Poll and still be competitive.
CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.
Really? This is laughable. Palin has ZERO, and I mean ZERO chance of defeating the Prez...or even winning the GOP nomination.
I was hoping the big announcement was that she was retiring to the interior of Alaska and we would never hear from her again.
Palin is what the Repubs label as a strong woman who should be feared by all who she and her supporters label as her enemies. These Repub women – Bawkman, Palin, Laura, Thomas, Coulter, etc., are shameful "poor me" hypocites.
The truth is that anyone who resorts to lies and name calling to spread fear and distrust while playing the victim of her so called "enemy" shows their own weakness better than any opposition could.
And in this limp field of lock-step Repub "contenders" weakness is their strongest trait.
Donald Trump and Sarah Palin should parter up and go ahead and completely anihilate the Republican Party. Luvs it! Both are attention whores who can't stand to be out of the lime light. Obama-Biden 2012!
There is no opportunity in the world of politics for you. You've had your day Sun...Go relax off the wealth you've made over the past 2 years and fish and hunt and take care of Todd and your Children.
The lamestream media darling, herself! I would love for this airhead to enter the race. I can't wait to see her in a debate again.
What a joke! Announcing to run for President and the premiere of her movie should have been launched on April Fool's day.
lololololololololololololol... I hear Russia looks pretty good from Alaska
"Buzz?" What buzz? You mean the buzzing in our ears whenever she speaks? What an embarrassment to women. Enough already.
"She is, her backers say, the only potential Republican candidate with the kind of star power required to skip early nominating hurdles like the network debates"
HA HA HA HA!!!! She isn't skipping network debates because she has star power. She'll skip them because debating exposes her as an idiot and a fraud. If you would seriously consider her to be in a position to run anything – especially this country – you are too stupid to vote. Really – you are an idiot and people know it.
I love the reference to Star Power too because that is all palin has going for her – celebrity. And that is NOT something you want our President to be concerned with. This is a person who quit her job as Governer of Alaska to be a famous person.
C'Mon get in we need some more comedy since Trump dropped out. Let's see if she can see Russia from washinton D.C.
What a waste of money if she runs... she is a quitter. She will never live that down to become president. What happens if the going gets tough when she is president... will she just quit?
Beam me up Scotty – This woman needs to stop it already! I can't believe the Gallup poll has her in 2nd place! Maybe the world should have ended last Saturday, it would have spared American voters who have brains this headline!
Will somebody tell this wacko to stay in Alaska and leave the insanity and ineptitude there ? Does the USA want a president who is fearful of the media ?
Silly Sarah's favorables are at an all time low. I hope she does run so The President can wipe the floor with her.
Sarah Palin and Joe the Plumber in 2012!! The Republicans need a ticket that will appeal to all the 'intellectuals' in the party!!
To Every Republican that kissed her behind, drank the kool-aid and blessed Palin the Imbecile publicly.
May everyone of them have a restless, tossing and turning, sleep-deprived nights they so richly deserve.
Unless the GOP power brokers have the cojones to tell her to stand down, her candidacy will split the party and guarantee a second term for Obama.
why does anyone bother covering this attention loving fool. she is so irrelavent.
God, why won't she just go away!
NORMALLY I would PRAY that this IDIOT -who was to LAZY to even finish her tern in office as Governor of the Great State of Alaska that the people entrusted her with but now comes before the Nation thinking about running for the presidency – Right. Good Luck with THAT- would simply fall-off the face of the Earth.
Run Sarah Palin. PLEASE Run !
This woman is a k00k and quitter and nothing besides.
I wish Sarah would follow the yellow brick road and go home. WHile she continues to foll some of the people all of the time, you do not fool me. You are a attention grabbing, money hungry cow that has a super huge ego you need to show off. Hopefully once your but is beaten badly, hoepfully you will go back to the wilderness of ALaska from whence you came
who in the world would vote for this air-head!!!
She is not political figure. She's an annoyance and lacks seriousness, inexperirnce, know-how and is clueless. She needs to just find a real job.