The back-and-forth isn't making any of those involved look too good: Politico reports that "Sarah Palin's on-again, off-again appearance at Monday night's gala GOP fundraising dinner is off -- again."
It writes that:
After being invited -- for a second time -- to speak to the annual joint fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Palin was told abruptly Saturday night that she would not be allowed to address the thousands of Republicans there after all.
The Alaska governor (and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee) may now skip the dinner altogether, and her allies are miffed at what they see as a slight from the congressional wing of the Republican Party.
The reason given for the snub, said a Palin aide, was that NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions was concerned about not wanting to upstage former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the fundraising gala's keynote speaker.
Politico also wraps up the significance of all this (assuming there is any) with this:
But beyond one scheduling issue, this latest dust-up speaks to the ongoing turmoil within a beleaguered GOP. Palin is still a major draw -- hence her original invitation -- and many in the grass roots of the party think she's got incomparable charisma and just-folks appeal. As Palin appeared in Auburn and elsewhere in Central New York this weekend, locals and even some who'd traveled long distances to see her encouraged her to mount a White House bid.
But many in the party establishment, mindful of her polarizing persona and the devastating caricatures that emerged last fall, would prefer she remain in Alaska and leave the party rebuilding to others who may appeal to the broad middle of the country.
Sunday, Gov. Palin went to a baseball game at Yankee Stadium.