After stopping by the Liberty Bell, Sarah Palin and her magical mystery bus planned Tuesday to visit another famous American icon: Donald Trump.
The Times’ Robin Abcarian -- currently chasing the bus in a car -- confirmed that Palin will meet with Trump Tuesday evening at the Trump Tower in Manhattan, and the two will reportedly have dinner.
Beyond being a cable news network executive's dream pairing, Palin and Trump have much in common. Both have teased the public incessantly about their 2012 plans. Both have pilloried the media even as they have mounted massive publicity-generating ventures, Trump with his birth-certificate-driven presidential flirtation and Palin with her catch-me-if-you-can bus tour of the Northeast. And both, among all potential GOP candidates, have by far the highest negative ratings. (If you add them together, you exceed 100 -- and blow apart the space-time continuum.)
Both have also made potential endorsers unhappy in their recent travails. Once Trump, torn between running for president and hosting NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” said he would not pursue a White House bid, he backed out of a pledge to headline the GOP’s Lincoln Day Dinner in Iowa. The planners deep-sixed the fundraiser as a result, accusing Trump of breaking his word.