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.
Oh for the love of God!
If Palin runs she is going to doom the Republican Party to four more years in the weeds.
We (Republicans), have only ourselves to blame for this. We invented her. We encouraged her.
... this should be interesting... how do you run a presidential campaign without talking to the media?
LoL, best of luck with that
"Unpredictable political figures" – there is a lot wrong with that phrase, especially here. Oxymoron? – politicians are fairly predictable. Palin’s style may appear unpredictable which actually makes her extremely predictable. Possible candidates squabbling for months, only for her to rush in and "save" the GOP chances of a win, only makes too much sense. Finally, she is not a political figure, she is a Celebrity.
I hope she gets the nod for the republican presidential campaign. It will absolutely guarantee that the republicans, tea partiers wont be in power for another 8 – 12 years. Not to mention, it probably erodes the win back of congress and again things will be done. She is a joke. She has the intellectual capacity of a snail, and absolutely not equipped to govern in any way. Sarah, please take the money from Fox, and book deals and let the spotlight re-shine on fellow republican Donald Trump. What a great group of candidates from the right. wow.....
Who is she kidding? She's already "decided" whether or not she's running.
So the Rapture really is occurring and this is hell on Earth. God help us...
Run, Sarah, run!
Obama in 2012.
What a joke. The idea that americans in a general election would vote for this simpleton is ridiculous.
What an ego. Just goes to show you how weak the right is. No one with a brain is willing to go up against Obama.
it really scares me that there are so many people in the country who actually think sarah palin is at all qualified to be the united states president.
A sad day for Republican politics when ideas were replaced by "star power". She would create a landslide for the President.
I've heard she's secretly received with great enthusiasm a whole hearted endorsement from the westboro baptist folks.
Oh my god, please make her go away, her family illustrates everything that is wrong with America today, how can she be serious, has she not been made to look like enough of a fool over the past few years?
It's hard to figure out what she adds to the American political discourse or what benefits she would bring to the American people beyond a sort of comfort-ye-until-you-get-sucked-up-in-the-rapture acquiescence to her cut-and-dried extremist rhetoric.
I guess she's looking for something to waste her millions on it. She is a total failure to me. Therefore I see no reasons why any Americans would give their vote to a total failure.
Seriously? People are still talking about her. She is NOT going to run. She has no real aspirations or intent to run. What she’s doing is simply A) trying to stay in the spotlight because that’s what her ego craves, and B) keep stirring the pot and creating sound bytes that those actually running can use as a gauge – adopt the ones the public responds favorably to and cast off those the public responds negatively to.
The BEST thing the Dems can hope for in 2012 is that this bobble-headed celebrity actually runs…
Best. News. Ever.
I think what we're witnessing here is an attempt to bypass the entire campaign and electoral process and to secure a nomination through entertainment, rock-star style marketing. This is the only kind of "campaign" that would work for her, since she can't hold up outside the right-wing media and certainly can't take the chance of debating. I don't think she has a chance of winning against Obama but she might win the republican nomination, especially since no other candidate has any mass appeal. The real danger is what this does to the notion of political campaigning. There already is little difference between campaigning and marketing. This step might blur the distinction altogether and make politics purely a matter of media manipulation. Journalists: You are supposed to be intelligent and independent. How is it that this imbecile has managed to manipulate you so thoroughly for going on three years now?
i pity the fool
I hope she does run a campaign for president, all the other candidates are rather boring and have to good a command of the English languish. We need the laughs and humor she will bring.
PLEEEEEEEEASE run for President.
Just roll the video, keep plenty of free space on the digital audio recorders and capture a treasure trove of political and comedic ammo to apply using Palin-like "surveyor sites".
Good let the idiot run. If anything it will provide great humor.
Good I hope this loser does run. She will completely screw the GOP up
SO you go silly girl.....and thanks for reelecting President Obama.
Pawlenty is crazy if he thinks he can win. Herman Cain is crazy if he thinks he can win. But Sarah Palin is certifiably insane if she's entertaining the thought that she should run. I mean, this is a sign of an unbalanced mind.