Newsweek reports that Mitt Romney has not asked former Gov. Sarah Palin to speak at the GOP convention and Palin is not surprised.
The Newsweek report says:
Palin would certainly light up the base at the convention--her 2008 vice-presidential acceptance speech was, in terms of partisan enthusiasm, the high-water mark of the McCain campaign--but a jolt of Palin at Romney's convention seems most unlikely.
The Romney campaign prides itself on a slavish adherence to script, and Palin cannot be trusted to avoid the impulse to go rogue. That is why, perhaps, the Romney campaign has not asked Palin to speak at the convention nor contacted her about even attending the party's marquee event in Tampa.
Queries to the Romney camp about any possible Palin role at the convention meet with a stony silence.
Palin does not seem surprised. "What can I say?" she responded in an email from Alaska, when asked by Newsweek about the convention, just before heading to Michigan to deliver an Obama-thumping speech. "I'm sure I'm not the only one accepting consequences for calling out both sides of the aisle for spending too much money, putting us on the road to bankruptcy, and engaging in crony capitalism."
"In accepting those consequences," she added, "one must remember this isn't Sadie Hawkins and you don't invite yourself and a date to the Big Dance."
Newsweek added that Romney's campaign has no official comment about Palin, but one adviser mentioned that she may not be able to speak because of her contract with Fox News., but she rejects that claim.
"It's true I'm prohibited from doing some things," Palin told Newsweek, "but this is the first I've heard anyone suggest that as an excuse, er, reason to stay away from engaging in the presidential race. I'm quite confident Fox's top brass would never strip anyone of their First Amendment rights in this regard." (Fox says her contract would not prohibit speaking at the convention if she sought permission.)
Newsweek said Palin "is keeping the dates open in late August, just in case."