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? I thought her 15 minutes of fame were already over. As a Republican my whole life, I hate to admit I voted for no presidential candidate in 2008. I admire McCain, but her lack of knowledge & immature attitude turned me off that presidential combo.
I love it. Can't stand her, but I love that she will continue to divide the GOP, and all but ensure Obama's second term.
I can't stand looking at her b–chy face.
She is just mean.
what are they drinking "one of the country's most unpredictable political figures"
if there is money to be made palin predictably will be there.
she quit being governor " 'Hey, you want me to make a positive difference and fight for all our children's future from outside the governor's office?' That meant HER childern.. dance show, reality tv show, sara palin get introduced to alaska show
I think it is much more likely, she will prove them right with this one last over reach for fame and fortune in a desperate effort to distract, console, and scam $ her pathetic followers, which are fast dwindling in numbers. Only the comedians will benefit. Can’t wait for the I am so full of myself, self funded, movie on Palin to be parodied on SNL.
God help us! More down home homilies, plumber Joes, they ain't like us real Americans, and opponents who 'pal around'. I think I'll just plunk down on this here old mattress outside my trailer house, suck down a six pack and marvel at foreign policy credentials that can be picked up on a single trip to the middle east. I hope she didn't pal around with any terrorists!
And another Dan Quayle candidacy is born. I think America is smarter than that... I hope...
There must be money in it for her!
I am glad to see Sarah getting geared up for 2012. Her ideas about government's role in America, her strong and consistent values and her leadership are going to play well in the context of the current issues. Her popularity will only grow as she gets her message out in the campaign.
As a Republican, 'just say no' to Ms Palin.
Mr Obama against Ms Palin? Can you say 50-0 for Mr Obama?
The more clowns the GOP fits into that car, the better for Obama.
"She is, her backers say, the only potential Republican candidate with the kind of STAR POWER required...blah...blah"
That is all she has to call her "Qualified" She did win the Governors race in AK , but she QUIT could not handle the pressure of the job. Please, if anybody votes for her then you are a BIGGER Idiot than she is! This is not a popularity (or beauty) contest. It is the most powerful job in the world. God help us if she gets elected by the "American Idol" society we now live in.
This woman is unbelievably stupid and is in no way qualified to be president. But, I hope she runs. She'll destroy the Republican party.
this is the most ridiculous news have heard...hhahahhahahahha....Palin wants to keep making a fool of herself.....Someone who does not even know that Africa is a continent wants to become the president of the United States......Please STOP DISGRACING AMERICANS....You make Americans look very dump
And now the laughter begins.
Poor, poor Sarah. She hasn't been getting enough attention lately, so she's chosen to re-enter the limelight. I hope some intrepid reporters take the time to ask her real policy questions, so her supporters can finally see that she is nothing but an empty designer suit. Plenty of us know that she is just too dumb and ideologically bound to be President. Perhaps the misguided who think she has anything to offer the country can learn that too if she is forced to use her own words.
We need someone with penetrating intelligence, a quick wit and nerves of steel. OBAMA 2012!
Well, she has already been long written off by voters.
Yawn, bimbo,yawn, bimbo, yawn, bimbo.................
I don't think that this woman is really qualified to run the country. While technically allowed by the US constitution, I don't think she has the understanding or the will to learn which is needed by the holder of that office.
As a conservative, I beg you....please...go...away
What a waste of humanity. She's probably going to announce her competing on DWTS
Thank God Palin is entering the race. Comedians everywhere can breath a sigh of relief. The well of joke material isn't running dry after Trump dropped out.
I guess the silly season is upon us. Who next Mickey Mouse or maybe Ronald McDonald or maybe even the Green Lantern
Yeah, but has she started to read anything yet, in order to try and keep informed on national affairs? We know she reads People Magazine and US Weekly(or at least looks at the pretty pictures), because she's a reality tv celebrity wannabee. Has she also taken the first steps to try and learn the fundamentals of US history, economics, foreign policy, and diplomacy? A legitimate presidential candidate needs to be fairly well schooled in these areas. $arah is well schooled in bilking empty-headed fools out of their money, but not much more.
By Golly I got me one more chanch to get some more cash – Ola for me self before I decide not to run
But come Tea party show us your intilect by giving here all your money
As someone that opposes our current version of the Republican party, I hope she wins the nomination. She doesn't have a chance.