She's back, pandering and pontificating. Well, since "pontificating" is a large word that Sarah probably would have to look up to check its meaning I'll change that to "Sarah Wonders Out Loud," dontcha-knowit...
Nonetheless, just one week after Sarah swore she just wanted to go back to Alaska and serve out her term, returning to her roots in the far north in order to govern (and kill defenseless mammals from helicopters), Sarah is back to giving out interviews and trying to make headlines.... and trying to make it everybody else's fault that she lost the election for the Republicans:
During an interview televised Monday night on U.S. cable outlet Fox News [embedded below] , the Alaska governor says her deep religious faith will reveal - in her words - "if there is an open door" for her in politics. Palin says she would "plow right on through" to take advantage of the opportunity, even if it is a premature move.
It must tbe nice to govern from a place where nothing is your fault, and important decisions are left to "God's will." Nothing is ever "your fault"...
Palin is obviously testing the waters to see if there is 'plowing right through" room . This diva didn't last a week away from the limelight. She spent last Saturday going through her extensive wardrobe, and now she's back to licking the hands of Fox News, less than a week after the election.
During the interview, Palin dismissed reports following the election suggesting she was not aware Africa was a continent rather than a country, saying it did not come up during discussions about the region.
Palin also denied she ever asked for the much-publicized $150,000 wardrobe during the campaign, saying it was bought by the Republican Party, and that many of the clothes purchased for her and her family were never worn.
Palin's propensity to lie to reporters in direct contradiction to the facts is now legendary. Her efforts now are clearly aimed at defelecting blame away from her as much as possible.
In a separate interview with an Alaskan newspaper Monday, the governor says voter dissatisfaction was the reason for the Republican ticket's defeat to Democrat Barack Obama last week.
Palin says she believes she and McCain may have represented "too much of the status quo" to voters tired of Bush administration policies. Palin said she is amazed the Republican ticket did as well as it did.
But she's not running for any office, no-no, not Sarah.
She has scheduled a series of media interviews over the next few days.
I suspect Sarah sniffs a fundraising opportunity - you know, a chance to turn some bad PR into coins. Rebuilding her image is job 1.
In an interviewed aired Tuesday on NBC's "Today," the Republican vice presidential candidate said three factors contributed to her party's defeat:
"We didn't get the Hispanic vote."
"We were outspent so tremendously."
"The anti-incumbency sentiment that was spread across the land and our ticket representing the incumbency."
She left out "And I came across like an empty-headed, vapid diva -- who in the end even John McCain shunned"... but she left out a lot more too. Not to worry, Palin fans, this egotistical monster will be around for a long, long time.
Sarah Palin, the gift to the Democratic Party that just keeps on giving:
Notice that she starts out lying about the clothes, in direct contradiction to all of the reports that have surfaced since September. And notice the way the Fox News reporters tosses out softballs and defends Sarah.
Gawker goes on:
Listen up, voters: It was not Sarah Palin's idea to try and fool you by wearing fancy clothes she would not normally have anything to do with! The Republican National Committee bought an opulent $150,000 wardrobe for her and seven family members before she even showed up at the convention, the former vice presidential nominee told Fox News Channel's Greta Von Susteren Tuesday night. The legendary MAVERICK was just "goin' with the flow... if that's the way they do this." She's never even been to a Saks or Neiman Marcus. Why on earth is she telling everyone this now?
If Palin had addressed the wardrobe issue during the campaign, it might have defused the charges of hypocrisy and significantly helped her ticket's chances. But by talking publicly like this now, she's just depleting her still-considerable balance of political capital. Palin's own accounting makes her look like a pushover who agreed to put on the airs of a folksy, small-town mayor while wearing fancy duds that, as she told Susteren, she was relieved to trade in upon her return home. It was only then, Palin said, that she put on "my own clothes." (See video above.)
This clothes thing shouldn't matter, as Palin herself said in the interview. And if she'd just left it alone, it wouldn't. But by talking out of both sides of her mouth about it -- first she told Susteren she didn't wear her own clothes on the trail, then that she did -- the Alaska governor not only revived the controversy but also reminded her remaining fans of what they liked least about her, about the fumbling duplicity of her ticket in its final weeks.
It doesn't help her credibility that Palin claims no Democratic nominees were slammed over who did their "hair and makeup," or that she also falsely claimed to Van Susteren that Harry Potter hadn't been published while she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, and that she therefore couldn't have banned the book from local libraries. This was exposed (at Huffington Post) as an awful lie just minutes after Palin said it.
The governor repeatedly acknowledged she might like to run for the Republican nomination for president in 2012, 2016 or beyond (see video below). A more tactful politician might wait until the body of her last campaign was cold before engaging in such a discussion. On the other hand, everyone knows Palin is a (sometimes irrationally) confident and ambitious politician, and nothing if not plainspoken, so trying to deny the possibility of a run would have just looked silly and out of character.
Palin at least managed to deny those rumors she didn't know her continents, and to work in a cute story about a phone call with Barack Obama (also below). Fox: Put the quality material at the front of the broadcast when you air Part 2 Tuesday night. Having to watch another full hour of Palin is just going to give us more terrible flashbacks to last month.
Less than a week has passed since Sarah lost the election for the GOP and Palin can't wait to try to repair her damaged reputation, but she isn't considering a run for 2012, no no.... And if you believe that, Sarah has a bridge she'd like to sell ya'.
Sarah Palin clearly represents the side of the Republican Party that will just tell Americans as many lies as it takes to get elected. Hopefully we've turned the page on this GOP of old once and for all.
Update: On the Today Show this morning Palin again denies she's the reason Republican lost the election:
"I think the economic collapse had a heckuva lot more to do with the campaign's collapse than me personally," the governor said in an interview broadcast Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show.
Note to Palin: The reason everyone keeps asking you these questions is because, in fact, you did lose the election -- what's fun about all of this is the many colorful ways you choose to deny it.
Related: TODAY show transcript.
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