On Tuesday we asked whether a day could go by without Sarah Palin news. Evidently not. In a column for USA Today, Palin defends her decision to headline--to the tune of $100,000--the first Tea Party convention in Nashville, Tennessee. The for-profit event has annoyed would-be attendees for its steep
$549 ticket cost and stratospheric speaking fees. While other Republican notables have backed out of the event
(Minnesota Rep. Michelle Bachmann, for one) Palin's stickin' to it. Here's
I thought long and hard about my participation in this weekend's event. At the end of the day, my decision came down to this: It's important to keep faith with people who put a little bit of their faith in you. Everyone attending this event is a soldier in the cause. Some of them will be driving hundreds of miles to Nashville. I made a commitment to them to be there, and I am going to honor it.Then she addresses that $100,000 speaking fee:
I will not benefit financially from speaking at this event. My only goal is to support the grassroots activists who are fighting for responsible, limited government -- and our Constitution. In that spirit, any compensation for my appearance will go right back to the cause.Finally, she announced that Nashville was just the beginning. She'll also be holding a rally in Searchlight, Nevada--the hometown of embattled Democratic Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid:
This weekend, it's Nashville, but in March, I'll head to Searchlight, Nev., for the kickoff rally at the Tea Party Express III. In April, I'll be in Boston for a Tea Party gathering there. Across the country, tea-partiers will be sharing our vision for America's future, a vision that promotes common sense solutions to out-of-control spending and an out-of-touch political establishment.