Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman to appear at Tea Party Nation convention (Nashville, February 2010)
In February 2010, Sarah Palin will be the keynote speaker for the "First National Tea Party Convention" to be held in Nashville, Tennessee (CNN writeup here; teapartynation.com). Michelle Bachmann will also be speaking.
This is yet more not-so-great news since as far as I know Palin had not previously reached out to the tea parties. As discussed at the link, the "parties" are electorally, intellectually, and emotionally lacking in various ways, and being associated with them would do Palin more harm with the wider electorate than any benefits she'd obtain from being associated with those who are extreme fiscal conservatives.
The vast majority of Americans - as shown by the election results in every relevant race - have overwhelmingly rejected libertarian candidates, and in almost all cases the libertarian has gotten very little support. Given that a majority of Republicans support New Deal programs such as Social Security, it makes little sense to conduct a Randroid Outreach. And, as I type this, no doubt every DNC hack in the country is scouring teapartynation.com and related sites for anything that can be used against Palin.
And, while one of TPN's "strategic partners" is Peter Gadiel's 911familiesforamerica.org, another is American Majority (americanmajority.org) which per them was "was conceived by the Sam Adams Alliance". The latter group may have links to the Koch family. Looking for direct links between the "Kochtopus" or FreedomWorks and TPN is left as an exercise.