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