Sarah Palin Cancels Wednesday Speech in Miami

Florida Tea Partiers are shedding a single tear of freedom -- much like a majestic bald eagle weeping for the future of America -- because Sarah Palin just nixed her speech scheduled this Wednesday at American Airlines Arena.

The problem? "There was a scheduling conflict," Marcos Sendon, head of South Florida Conservatives, tells Riptide. But don't worry, patriots! She's coming back.

Palin had originally scheduled the October 6 speech around a planned fund-raising sprint through South Florida, Sendon said, which seemed a trifle odd from the start since Palin has largely been quiet on the biggest races in the Sunshine State this year.

Sendon says he hasn't heard for certain what Palin has scheduled that's preempted her Miami appearance. "All I know is that there was a problem and her staff wasn't able to fix it," he says.

But Palin has pledged to come in "early November" instead, Sendon says.

Translation: Local Democrats can breathe a sigh of relief that she's probably not going to make it to the Magic City in time to influence any of the midterm elections, which go to the polls on November 2.

Already bought a ticket to see Mamma Grizzly? Sendon says refunds are available, or the tickets can be redeemed when she comes back to town.

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