Princess Palin prefers sipping cold drinks poolside in Miami. No surprise there, it's much warmer than Alaska, but now finally, at last -- maybe -- Palin is ready to go back to work... and she certainly has her work cut out for her.
Gov. Sarah Palin, heralded by some conservatives as the future of the Republican Party, faces some cold political realities in present-day Alaska.
Within days of the McCain-Palin ticket's defeat earlier this month, the unsuccessful GOP vice presidential nominee capped her tumultuous two months on the campaign trail with a whirlwind series of national media interviews and a headline-grabbing appearance at the Republican Governors Association meeting in Florida.
Now it's back to her day job at the state capital in Juneau.
Palin's state budget proposal is due in a month, with plummeting oil prices slashing Alaska's revenues by billions of dollars.
The 1,700-mile natural gas pipeline she bragged about on the campaign trail -- "We began a nearly $40 billion-dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence," she said at the Republican National Convention -- is nowhere near being built.
Lying came easy to Palin, but now the cold hard kiss from the hot fist of reality is smacking her back to her senses, and she's finally getting back to work. Now she'll have to answer for her actions:
Some hard feelings linger over her administration's initial decision to ignore subpoenas in the investigation of whether she abused her power in firing the public safety commissioner who wouldn't oust her ex-brother-in-law from his job as a state trooper.
"The main focus is going to be on the gas line and on the long-term financial issues," said Democratic state Sen. Bill Wielechowski. "You're going to see really a clampdown on government services."
Uncertain is whether the bipartisanship that existed during Palin's 20 months as governor can survive the heated rhetoric from the presidential campaign and her own political ambitions, with the 44-year-old clearly signaling that she's open to a bid for president in 2012.
The difficult task at hand "provides the governor with a great opportunity to roll up her sleeves and get back to her job," said Kenneth Khachigian, a former adviser to President Ronald Reagan. "She's got four or five election cycles ahead of her where she can do things. She doesn't have to comment on 2012 or 2016. Being a good governor is the best thing she can do right now."
I don't know how Alaskans intend to keep Palin down on the farm after she's tasted the good life. Spending (and wearing) $150,000 worth of clothes from top labels bought at top stores in the toney New York fashion district changed Palin forever.
After shunning her job as Alaska's Governor for months, returning to Alaska and struggling with the realities of the financial mess she's created up there is what she needs to do, but it's clear from her actions since election day that just doesn't wanna...
And now that Ted Stevens is miraculously (*wink) losing his re-election bid it appears that Princess Palin will not have the chance to steal Steven's US Senate seat, and she really is stuck up there in Alaska. I guess it's "God's Will" Sarah...
Poor baby.... Maybe she can find some terrorist loving socialists to hunt down?
Not to worry, Palin will be back in the headlines in a week or two.... Update: Wait, make that 10 minutes. The word is out that Palin is about to sign a $7 million book deal.
Woo-Hoo - the Wasilla Hillbillies will be going all Hollywood on us soon!
She failed to save John McCain from presidential election doom, but Sarah Palin, the Republican senator's controversial running mate, may yet emerge as the saviour of the American publishing industry. Literary agents are queueing up to sign her to a book deal that could earn her up to $7m.
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