Last week Peter Boyer in Newsweek reported that currently there are no plans for Sarah Palin to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next month.
That could be awkward, considering that the former Alaskan Governor is scheduled to be in Tampa that week,
having spent $4,500 to reserve space at Channelside Bay Plaza for a political event of some sort.
Of course there's not known to be much of a relationship of any sort between Palin and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. For much of the 2011-2012 nomination season the Republican race seemed to be a matter of Romney vs. a plug in the Tea Party favorite of the month (i.e., Rick Perry, Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich), and though she never supported any candidate, Palin interjected herself in the race by encouraging that the race keep on going, as she opposed the idea of embracing Romney early on.
Actually, at one point she said she'd vote for Newt Gingrich - right before Florida's January 31 primary, the last time there was genuine suspense in the nominating process, saying, "yeah, I’d keep the process going. Who is best able to defend our republic? We find out who that person is, we measure the man, through competition."
Speaking of Gingrich, the former House Speaker was talking with Politico's Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei on Tuesday, where he said that he believed that Palin should speak.
“Governor Palin absolutely should speak,” Gingrich said. “I believe she will speak. She represents an intensity of support among our base that is vital. I hope that she will be a major surrogate this fall and crisscross the country — not just for Governor Romney, but also for Senate candidates.
“We have to win the Senate to govern. And so, Governor Romney’s gotta say, ‘I want the presidency and the Senate.’ And then assume that [House Speaker John] Boehner and his team will be able to keep the House.
Gingrich also said he'd like the chance to speak in Tampa at the convention as well, but promises that whether he gets that opportunity or not, he'll make sure to get his mug in front of the cameras come hell or high water.