CBS News has learned that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, will attend tonight's fundraiser on behalf of the National Republican Congressional Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Palin will not have a speaking role, but she will be sitting at the table of NRSC Chairman Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and she is expected to be recognized, reports CBS News Political Director Steve Chaggaris.
The news suggests an apparent conclusion to just the sort of Washington drama that can prompt eye rolling outside the beltway.
A recap: Palin was apparently initially asked to headline the yearly gala but never actually accepted the offer, despite the claims of a press release suggesting she had done so. Once her office made clear that she had not committed to the event, organizers invited former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Palin's place.
Then, last week, a new invitation was sent to Palin. It included an offer to speak at the event. On Saturday night, however, Palin's office was told the governor could not speak – apparently out of concern that she could upstage Gingrich.
Politico suggested that the decision to rescind the chance to speak left Palin allies "miffed at what they see as a slight from the congressional wing of the Republican Party." It also reported that Palin was considering skipping the event as a result. It now appears, however, that fences have been mended.