By Thomas Madison

UPDATE: I am watching the livestream of Trump’s Ames, Iowa appearance right now. You can see it at this link…. Trump in Ames. Hurry, Palin hasn’t taken the stage yet. If you see this post after the live event, I am also posting the video of the full Ames appearance, below.

Also, check the video, below, Fox’s The Five has already been notified, and indeed it is a Sarah Palin endorsement for The Donald! If you are a Trump fan, and I am, THIS IS HUGE!!!! Check the expression of Dana Perino, well-known Trump hater, at the :43 mark. LOL! Priceless!

The Ted Cruz camp is running a little scared in Iowa. All the crowing we have heard over a Cruz insurmountable surge appears to be complete nonsense. Cruz is certainly close, in second place, but leading he is not. In fact his poll numbers are declining.

In the most recent RCP (Real Clear Politics) poll, surveying 5 separate 2016 polls, Cruz has a 3-point edge in one poll, and a 4-point edge in another. Trump is leading in 4 different polls by up to 6 points. These poll spreads, totaled, give Cruz a 7-point advantage in 2 polls, and Trump a 14-point advantage in four polls, 7 points in Trump’s favor, which averages out to a 1.1-point advantage in The Donald’s favor. Trump continues to dominate nationally.

Trump has announced that there will be a “major announcement” in Ames, Iowa on Tuesday, and “a very special guest in attendance.” The rumor mill (or leak) is all abuzz that the “special guest” is Sarah Palin, and the “major announcement” is her endorsement of Donald Trump, which would be a serious blow to Ted Cruz, whose poll numbers are slipping in Iowa. Of the six polls cited by RCP, the most recent poll, from Gravis, shows a 6-point Trump advantage.

The Washington Times

A spokesman for Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign said Tuesday it would be a “blow” to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin if she endorsed businessman Donald Trump for president.

“I think it [would] be a blow to Sarah Palin, because Sarah Palin has been a champion for the conservative cause, and if she was going to endorseDonald Trump, sadly, she would be endorsing someone who’s held progressive views all their life on the sanctity of life, on marriage, on partial-birth abortion,” Cruz campaign spokesman Rick Tyler said on CNN’s “New Day.”

Mr. Trump has promised a “major announcement” and “a very special guest in attendance” at an appearance later Tuesday in Ames, Iowa.

Mr. Tyler had been asked if it would be a blow to the Cruz campaign if that person was Mrs. Palin.

Mrs. Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, has spoken positively about both men and endorsed Mr. Cruz in his 2012 GOP Senate primary contest in Texas.

“He was a TARP [supporter] — and it goes on and on and on,” Mr. Tyler said. “Donald Trump claims he’s changed all those views, but … if it wasSarah Palin, let me just say I’d be deeply disappointed.”