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Katie Couric is launching her new talk show on ABC this fall, so it's not surprising that she's been asked to co-host ABC's Good Morning America this week while regular host Robin Roberts is away. What is a surprise is that Tuesday we'll be treated to the 2012 version of the Couric/Sarah Palin showdown from the 2008 presidential campaign when Palin co-hosts The Today Show.
Who can forget the now infamous interview in which Couric asked Palin what newspapers she read, with Palin, unable to name one in particular, responded with annoyance, "All of 'em. Any of 'em that have been in front of me ..." Apparently the hard feelings suffered by Palin over those interviews haven't faded. When asked how she felt about being matched up against Couric this week, she responded, "Game ON!"
But why Sarah Palin? And why now? Is there some special, super secret announcement that's coming? What's in it for Palin to co-host a morning show?
She's repeatedly said she's not running for the 2012 presidential nomination, and she's been quite coy about whether she'll endorse any of the remaining Republican presidential hopefuls ahead of the convention this summer.
So how does "going rogue" on The Today Show, shortly after the release of the HBO movie Game Change, about her impact on the 2008 McCain campaign, advance her agenda? In an interview with Breitbart News, Palin said:
"I see this as a good opportunity to bring an independent, common-sense conservative perspective to NBC. We’re 'going rogue' and infiltrating some turf for a day."
Palin is nothing if not strategic. Her appearance with Matt Lauer and Ann Curry is undoubtedly part of a larger Mama Grizzly agenda.The Today Show site says she's slotted to discuss tomorrow's presidential primary contest in Wisconsin. She's come to the defense of Rick Santorum recently, and if she's discussing the voting in that state as voters head to the polls, maybe she thinks she can sway some support his way and keep Mitt Romney from the win. Yes, it's always dangerous to play any sort of guessing game when it comes to the former Alaska Governor. But I'm sure of one thing -- she's got something up her sleeve for her Today Show appearance. I just can't wait to see what it is.
You can read more from iVillage iVote Editor and Correspondent Joanne Bamberger at her blog, PunditMom. Joanne is also the author of the Amazon bestseller Mothers of Intention: How Women and Social Media are Revolutionizing Politics in America. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook!