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This Devil Wears Gucci: Sarah Palin Poolside in Miami


(h/t Adam Stone at Wizbang Pop! - "If it had been sunny you'd already know about this story...")

DC Examiner:

According to news reports, Gov. Sarah Palin skipped the lunchtime political briefing at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami on Wednesday, preferring to do an interview with CNN. But she did manage to get in some pool time later in the day.

A Yeas & Nays spy spotted Palin and an aide poolside at Miami's Mandarin Oriental hotel (the GOP meetings are being held a mile away at the Intercontinental).

Rather than a bathing suit, the Pride of Wasilla was wearing a T-shirt and shorts, thanks to the windy, overcast weather.

Caption for the photo above -- "Poo to political briefings, let's party by the pool. Where's my Prada!"

Speaking of bluster, the governor's unsuccessful run for veep has landed her an offer from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. TNA has offered to donate $50,000 to Palin's favorite charity, should she take an honorary position in "The Beautiful People," TNA's cadre of, well, beautiful wrestlers. The company wants her to appear at its Dec. 7 pay-per-view event.
Fox Sports is conducting an online poll, asking users what Palin's "finishing move" should be called, if she enters the squared circle to do battle. As of Thursday afternoon, the "Wasilla Thrilla" was edging out the "Bridge to Nowhere."

I suggest "The Plumber's Pal!"

And we interrupt this broadcast for a Wizbang Blue Entertainment Channel "Flashback Moment":

October 22, 2008 - Politico: RNC shells out $150K for Palin fashion

Spokeswoman Maria Comella declined to answer specific questions about the expenditures, including whether it was necessary to spend that much and whether it amounted to one early investment in Palin or if shopping for the vice presidential nominee was ongoing.

"The campaign does not comment on strategic decisions regarding how financial resources available to the campaign are spent," she said.

Not to worry, we'll be seeing ongoing efforts by Palin to remain in the spotlight in the weeks and months ahead. They'll have to comment, of course. Keeping Palin in the headlines is part of the plan. It's important to maintain her name recognition numbers -- Mitt Romney paid out millions from his personal piggy to buy his name recognition.

Some think she'll flame out -- that four years is just too long to maintain a high level of "press presence" -- but Sarah seems to be drawn towards the adoring lights and glamor of it all. She's mkaing a go of it, and if it's God's Will she'll make it all the way in 2012.

Meanwhile, who's minding the store? After shunning her job as Governor of Alaska for two solid months, a mere 10 days after ending her campaign we find Palin is poolside in Miami instead of freezing her pipes up in the frozen north.

And a devilish spin on this would have me suggesting that the corrupt Republican political machine up in Alaska saw the hand writing on Ted Stevens' re-election and realized that if Stevens won his re-election bid he'd end up being forced out of office in disgrace, and Governor Palin could weedle her way in as his replacement.

Badaboom!, she's a U.S. Senator, hugging children on the steps of the Capitol and smiling for the throngs of photographers. Old School Republicans cooked her goose instead, sacrificing Stevens and a U.S. Senate seat now that the Democrats can't reach 60 seats.

Friday, November 7, 2008 - FiveThirtyEight.com: Uncounted Votes May Push Begich Past Stevens

Although Ted Stevens currently holds a lead of approximately 3,200 votes in ballots counted to date in Alaska's senate contest, there is good reason to believe that the ballots yet to be counted -- the vast majority of which are early and absentee ballots -- will allow Mark Begich to mitigate his disadvantage with Stevens and quite possibly pull ahead of him.

Three days after election day and Stevens still had a comfortable 3200 vote lead. That's over 1 percent of the 276,896 votes cast in the race. Now Stevens is behind and falling further behind as those all important, easily manipulated write-in ballot totals are "announced."

Don't you just love politics?

Meanwhile, McCain campaign officials are spinning the $150,000+ spent on Palin's wardrobe as a campaign "failure of management."

No surprise, but what I don't understand is why they aren't admitting that the improper vetting of Palin is a similar "failure of management." Evidence continues to mount suggesting that the decision to pick Palin was a rushed and done in a panic.

"We flew her out from Alaska to Arizona to Ohio to introduce her to the world and take control of her life. She didn't think 'dress for the convention', because it might have just been a nice day trip to Arizona if she didn't click with John. Very little prep had been done and if it had, we might have gotten picked off by the press. We were under incredible scrutiny."

"We were under incredible scrutiny," he added. "We got her a gal from New York and we thought, 'Let's get some clothes for her and the family.' It was a failure of management not to get better control and track of that. "The right hand didn't know what the left hand was doing, what it was worth or where it was going. No one knew how much that stuff was worth. It was more our responsibility than hers."

More.. or less. Hard to tell once they admit to a failure of management just how far the failure extends, and where the truth lies. It's butt covering time (but nobody told Sarah).

The money quote from the McCain folks: "She didn't think 'dress for the convention', because it might have just been a nice day trip to Arizona if she didn't click with John."

Barack Obama chose a fellow U.S Senator with whom he'd worked for years and debated over 15 times. John McCain chose the Devil from Wasilla and now regrets ever having made that choice.

The better manager won.

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Comments (17)


Oh, hell, Sarah is NEVER going back to Wasilla. THIS WAS A JAILBREAK and she´s FREEEEEEEEEEE !!!!!

Steve Crickmore:

I think Dick Cavett's column was probably the most succinct and wittiest I have read on the words and wisdom of Palin,

the serial syntax-killer from Wasilla High and gleaned by my colleague Maureen Dowd for preservation for those who ask, "How was it she talked?"

PALIN: My concern has been the atrocities there in Darfur and the relevance to me with that issue as we spoke about Africa and some of the countries there that were kind of the people succumbing to the dictators and the corruption of some collapsed governments on the continent, the relevance was Alaska's investment in Darfur with some of our permanent fund dollars.

CAVETT:I worry about just what it is her hollering fans see in her that makes her the ideal choice to deal with the world's problems: collapsed economies, global warming, hostile enemies and our current and far-flung twin battlefronts, either of which may prove to be the world's second "30 Years' War."


Oh, yes... it's succinct and witty when the sum of all is that someone talks funny.

And takes a few minutes out to unwind between meetings and presentations.

But it's okay, you know, because your fellow won and he's on the job. Even before he's President he's going to give us a somber weekly message of doom and gloom so that our expectations are set properly by the time January comes around.

By 2012 all Palin is going to have to do is smile.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

If smiling and posing for the photographers is all she had to do she just might do better, but unlike this year, Palin would not be forced upon the electorate at the last minute if she decides to go for it in 2012.

She'll have to stand on the stage and debate her opponents who, unlike Biden, won't be nice about it. Her opponents will take her words apart and laugh at her publicly.

She'll have to give press conferences. She'll have to open her mouth and let her lack of intelligence show.

Her opponents will bury her before she even gets close to the nomination.

John F Not Kerry:

I guess Perez Hilton has nothing to worry about from Lee.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Until she pretends she's qualified for a major office, at least...

" After shunning her job as Governor of Alaska for two solid months, "

Wow, Biden reported for duty at the office every day since he was nominated? Missed that. I also missed Obama & McCain rolling up their sleeves and getting work done in Congress for the past two years. That must have been dopplegangers out on the campaign trail.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Now that the election is over everyone else is busy back at work - except Sarah Palin.

She's lounging by the pool in sunny Miami instead of returning to the frozen north.

No work ethic there - perhaps she has time to do some more shopping?

My question is "Why do you refer to Sarah Palin campaigning as 'shunning her job' when you do not refer to Biden, Obama, & McCain in the same manner?"

Forget about what anyone is doing AFTER the election, because you were refering to events prior to the election.

Lee Ward:

"My question is "Why do you refer to Sarah Palin campaigning as 'shunning her job' when you do not refer to Biden, Obama, & McCain in the same manner?"

She's sitting by the pool in Miami, you dork - the campaign is over and nobody told Sarah it's time to go back to Alaska and do her job???

Obama, Biden and McCain are all back at work, and the Princess is sitting by the pool...

"Forget about what anyone is doing AFTER the election.."

This post is about Palin poolside - which occurred after the election. After shunning her job for months while on the campaign trail, Princess Palin would rather sun in Miami than go back to work in Alaska?

Everyone else went back to work except Palin.

"After shunning her job for months while on the campaign trail,"
Okay, no need to call names, Lee, but you said right here "while on the campaign trail"

Why were Biden, Obama & McCain NOT "shunning their jobs" while doing the same thing?

If your answer is "I hate Sarah Palin more than any of those guys.", at least that would be an answer.

John F Not Kerry:

"John McCain chose the Devil from Wasilla..."

Dwayne, that's the only real relevant line from this post from Lee. I guess he feels threatened by her. Heh.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

"Why were Biden, Obama & McCain NOT "shunning their jobs" while doing the same thing?"

I don't see any of them lounging by the pool -- do you?

Why is Palin so lazy? What makes her spend $150,000 on wardrobe and then sip drinks by the pool in Miami rather than going back to work in Alaska?

She desperately wants out of her job as Governor -- but then how are you going to keep the Wasilla Hillbillies down on the farm after they've had a taste of Gucci and poolside lounging?

How long before Palin resigns from her job as Governor and takes up the talk show circuit?

Okay, Lee, let's try this one more time. You wrote "After shunning her job for months while on the campaign trail". What I am trying to get at is this.

You wrote that Sarah Palin was shunning her job as Governor of Alaska WHILE SHE WAS ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL!

If she is sitting by the pool after Nov 4 2008, she is NOT ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, therefore her actions there cannot be used as proof of your statement of her shunning her job WHILE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL.

So tell me, what did Sarah Palin do WHILE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL that was different than what Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and John McCain did WHILE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL that would qualify as SHUNNING, where the three men were not shunning their jobs WHILE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL!?

How long do you keep throwing insults without answering a question and how many times do I have to ask the same thing before I get an answer?

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

This post is all about Sarah poolside, Dwayne.

It's amazing that you keep trying to change the subject and talk about Sarah during the campaign, when she and her hillbilly family spent $150,000 on clothes during a mad shopping spree in New York.

Sarah shunned her job in Alaska for months, and here we see her a week later, when she should be back at work in Alaska, and Princess Sarah is shunning her responsibilities at the Republican Governors Meeting so she can sip drinks by the pool.

According to news reports, Gov. Sarah Palin skipped the lunchtime political briefing at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami on Wednesday, preferring to do an interview with CNN. But she did manage to get in some pool time later in the day.

Princess Palin poolside -- rather than back at work in Alaska. It's shameful -- no wonder you keep trying to change the subject...

I agree with you on your post. I have no good reason why she is not back in Alaska. I am not trying to change the subject. I had a legitimate question about a sentence you used in your post, never disagreeing with the major thrust of your post.

But, in the post and in your comments you use the word "shun" to describe her behavior to her job as Governor during the campaign. You have not used the word "shun" to describe Biden's behavior toward his job as Senator during his campaign. You didn't use the word when talking about Obama or McCain.

What I am driving at is that you personally hat Sarah Palin. You don't hate her behaviors, you don't hate her policys, you hate her personally. The same policys and the same behaviors in other candidates do not elicit the same response from you, so I can conclude that you either hate women (which I don't have enough data to make an intelligent guess) or just Sarah Palin personally.

Admit it. You hate the woman. You consistantly toss around the word 'hillbilly' when discussing her and her family and you have to realize Lee, that name calling, while it does pander your base, does absolutely nothing to convert someone to your side of an arguement.

Lee Ward:

I don't hate anybody, Dwayne. I'm a tree-hugging, people-loving libbie, remember?

I've got a new post you'll like, Dwayne - check it out.


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