The nerve of that Sarah Palin! Having the gall to actually expect to be paid for speaking to a conservative group of Iowans, the Iowa Family Policy Center, as if they were just ordinary people. Maybe Palin is just new to this whole thing, but Iowans are not ordinary. They are the Most Important People in the (Political) World. For some ridiculous reason, their caucus gets to happen before anyone else's primary, putting them in a unique position to fundamentally alter the direction of a campaign in a single night. And they know it, too, which is why they're now acting so haughty.
“If somebody tells me they want me to pay an appearance fee, it tells me they’re not very serious about running for president,” said Ed Failor, Jr., president of Iowans for Tax Relief and an influential GOP insider.
Or that they want to earn money for doing something that typically earns them money? He continued:
“I found it really, really odd,” Failor said.
He noted that his group had not and never would pay for a politician to speak pointing out the obvious in-kind contribution any potential presidential hopeful receives by appearing in the state that kicks off the presidential nominating process.
Other guys agree:
Steve Scheffler, the president of the Iowa Christian Alliance and a longtime GOP activist, said his organization would also never ante up. “We certainly wouldn’t do it, even if we had the money,” Scheffler said...
Tim Albrecht, spokesman for the conservative, Iowa-based American Future Fund, said his group “has a policy not to pay speakers to come to Iowa,” and, like Failor, hinted at what those guests get in return.
Oh, you Iowans. You cocky, arrogant Iowans. Someday they're going to change that primary calendar and put an end your outsize influence in presidential elections. Maybe not soon, maybe not even in our lifetimes but someday. And when that day comes, you'll become just another small state with a handful of delegates. And you'll beg for politicians to come and kiss your ass three years before a presidential election. And the politicians will say, "Eh, I'm kind of swamped right now." And you will be humbled, and the world will return to its rightful state of being.