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.
Hope you do as well as your party did in upstate New York!
Palin's "political mojo"? Give me a break!
anyone who votes for this uneducated, immoral, bitchy, mindless twit is insulting this country.
My God she is a loser.....What on earth makes this quitter think she should ever run for ANYthing?
a futile attempt to stay relevant and keep those speaking engagement fees coming in. Grasp away Sarah, but it will do you no good. You are so blinded by your mony grab that you forget about your walking out on your oath as Alaska's gov to go make money. The thought of you even being VP is a joke and cost McCain the election. There aren't enough people in this country that are so stupid as to elect you as President, not even close. You are more suited to leading a small girlscout troop, and you would probably walk out on them as well.
Christmas comes early....... please oh please run.....
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I'm sorry. This woman cannot even complete one term as governor of Alaska and she wants the American people to elect her for the Presidency. She is a quitter. As soon as the going gets tough, she bails. She would not be my choice for President any day of the week
What a joke!
When has Palin ever been know to pass up a buck ... er, I mean dollar. With Huckabee gone, our $arah isn't about to let Michelle Bachmann hog all the cash that will certainly be rolling in. Just look in what style and comfort the CCCs (Compassionate Conservative Christians) are willing to financially support the likes of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingram. Piece of cake for $arah.
Great – she is planning to skip early nominating hurdles like network debates. I wonder why she would want to do that... maybe because she is TERRIBLE at them.
Sarah Palin entering the race for the Republican party would be welcomed dramatically by the Democrats. She absolutely has no chance of winning a general election. She could not even answer simple questions from CBS when interviewed during the 2008 campaign.
She will bring down the Republican party. She most definitely is not qualified. She did not even finish her term as governor of Alaska which is the least populated state in the country.
Finally! With all of the other candidates dropping out, we finally have someone to make fun of. This is great news for the entertainment industry.
Of course she will skip the network debates. She can't come up with coherent answers to regular questions on big issue concerns, unless her advisers tell her what to say or she waits to see what the rest of the Republican caucus is doing first.
The biggest problem here is that people will generally vote for the same old parties, regardless of who the actual candidate is.
During a time of highly polarized politcal debate in the USA, the world doesn't need a far left or far right candidate for President, the world needs centrist candidates who are willing to play well with others.
can we get this dimwit to make it some other nation ? A small country in South America perhaps, or some 3rd world dirt track on another continent, half a world away ?
The next time Palin is in the news she better be topless or wrestling a bear. Preferably both. Otherwise, stop talking about her.
"She recently returned from a trip to the Middle East aimed at burnishing her foreign policy credentials.". I'd think she'd need to do a lot more than make a trip to do this. Where did she even go ?
She is simply doing "the Trump", not really intending to be a candidate but milking the media publicity angle for all the attention she will get for saying she is a candidate. Yawn.
I'm a biker. Stay the hell away from Rolling Thunder.
Can this Alaskan trash be any more celf centered than she already is? Madame never ceases to demonstrate how pathetic she is...
Wow what a break for the Republicans! Now not only do they have Ryan advocating that we privatize medicare and Cantor refusing to fund help for tornado ravaged states but here comes Saint Sarah the retired Governor and religious zealot to the rescue pushing Mittens and Newt off the stage and locking in a solid 33% of the 2012 popular vote. The small problem is that the other 66% of voters live in the reality based community and will have no where to go but to the Democrats.....sometimes it is such fun to watch this stuff!
Run Sarah Run. I'll pray everyday that she gets the Republcan nomination, heck, I'll even contribute towards her campaign. Even though Obama could easily beat any of the clowns they have now, I'd love to see Tina Fey again in Saturday Night Live.
Palin always gets bashed....but, really..could she do any worse than this boy we have now?? 9% unemployed...housing market a diaster...$5.00 gas..inflation on the rise..and three wars....how much worse could she do??
So sick of this bimbo!!
Please redumblicans, give her the nomination. Like shooting fish in a barrel. Only an idiot would ever cast a vote for her. She isn't even the best the Tea Party has to offer. She isn't a patriot, she is a hater of the American way of life.
She will never get my vote.