Where is Sarah Palin? The conservative firebrand's CPAC absence raises questions

As President Trump took center stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, some are asking: "Where in the world is Sarah Palin?"

In years past the former governor has been something of a rockstar at CPAC. But this year's conservative conference is conspicuously Palinless.

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AMES, IA - JANUARY 19: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump embraces former Gov. Sarah Palin at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center at Iowa State University on January 19, 2016 in Ames, IA. Trump received Palin's endorsement at the event. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
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Palin spoke at CPAC in 2015 and received a rousing ovation as well as praise in the media. Following her address, Newsweek said the former Republican Governor of Alaska "hasn't lost it."

But more recently Palin's political star seems to be dimming. Her Facebook page, which once was a regular stream of her political musing, now mostly hosts links from her personal website.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee did support Trump throughout the 2016 election, but in December Palin criticized then President-elect Trump over his deal with Carrier, calling it "crony capitalism" in an op-ed for the website Young Conservatives.

A CPAC attendee named Adrianna Conradson told USA Today that she thinks "conservatives might be trying to rebrand a little bit," regarding Palin's absence.

"They have Kellyanne now,"

"She's a strong female leader in the party, so I think they might be trying to switch it up and find new people, fresh people. And she has a big role in the current administration so she might be more relevant than Sarah Palin."

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