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Sarah Palin Finally (Almost) Back to Work

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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In other news, Barack Obama shunned his job as Senator for almost a year while he was campaigning.

This just in, Joe Biden, also shunned his job in the Senate while he was campaigning.

Folks, we got an epidemic. It has been confirmed that John McCain shunned his position in the Senate for almost a year while he campaigned as well.

Thankfully, of the four, only Sarah appears to continue to shun her job.

Breaking news.....Lee hates women.

$7 million book deal? That Palin clan can buy a pretty nice mobile home for that much bread. But seriously I don't understand her appeal. A friend of mine laughed when I referred to her as a retarded Dan Quayle recently. I know that wasn't very nice, and I'm sorry for that. But she's too much of an intellectual lightweight to be considered as real presidential material in my view.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

She just keeps repeating phrases like "If it's Gods will..." and the social conservatives follow her like... sheep.

She's a huckster, and the huckleberries love her. They know she's not qualfied - they don't care - they finally have a candidate that is just-like-them in all of the ways that matter most to the Republican evangelical base.

She's a (in the words of a McCain associate) wacko diva - and they love her for it.


Seriously, Lee, for your own good, let ... it ... go.

Lee Ward:

Palin is keeping herself in the limelight - handing out interviews -- ducking responsibilities... sipping lattes by the pool instead of going back to Alaska and fixing the gawd awful mess that state is in now that oil prices have plummeted.

What's the matter, Repubbies - You don't like it when your candidate is treated like a celebrity? Get used to it - Princess Palin is going to be in the headlines for the next 4 years.

Palin is doing her best to stay in front of the voters - and I'll do my best to criticize and make fun of her every step of the way.

She's a Wacko Diva, according to Republican sources in the McCain campaign - she's fair game.

Besides, it must be "God's will" that Sarah stays in the headlines - after all, everything Palin does is just following God's will... none of this is her own doing - she bears no responsibility for her choices - those are God's choices.

Wacko Diva is right.

Quoting from the story linked above.

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.

This notoriety is Palin's doing - she can't let go of the spotlight. She's an attention-starved Diva.

You want it to stop - stop Palin.


A whirlwind series of interviews - seems the media can't get enough of her. So they're finally coming around. As for all the wacko diva stuff, you do know that the 'McCain staffer' spreading this stuff is a fictional character, don't you? It was a hoax. Not real. Made up. A lame attempt at breaking into show business. Do try to keep up.

Lee Ward:

My source is Newsweek, Tim - what's your source, where's your quote?:

The sharpest jabs were aimed at Palin. An anonymous McCain staffer described her to Politico as "wacko" and a "diva."

When Politico reported on Oct. 21 that Palin had spent $150,000 for clothes for herself and her family, the governor had been all wounded innocence. At a campaign stop in Tampa, she said, "These clothes--they're not my property, just like the lighting and the staging and everything else that the RNC purchased. I am not taking them with me. I am back to wearing clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska." Publicly, McCain aides backed up Palin, saying that a third of the clothes had been returned immediately, before they were worn in public, and that the rest would be donated to charity. Privately, however, McCain's top advisers fumed at what they regarded as Palin's outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist, but thereafter Palin had "gone rogue," as the media buzz put it. She began buying for herself and her family--clothes and accessories from top stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

A week after she announced that she was going back to her consignment shop she was still having tailored clothes delivered.

According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards; the McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement.

One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla Hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

You were saying something about this all having been dubunked? Perhaps Captain Cherrios of the Right Wing Fighting 48th Blogging Keyboardist AssInHats has a blog post you can link to, TIm.

But whatever you find please show us your source. I just hope it isn't some wacko... like Palin.

John Irving:

My source is Newsweek

There's your problem right there. Try sources with integrity and credibility.

Newsweek made up that entire story. Prove me wrong.

Lee Ward:

Irving provides hot air - but can't link or quote anyone who contradicts what Newsweek reported - and it was reported everywhere including Fox News, so it isn't a question of the source.

But Tim stated that the facts were wrong with such assurance,

"It was a hoax. Not real. Made up. A lame attempt at breaking into show business. Do try to keep up."

I just know he's going to be able to back up his blustery with a source. Of course John Irving couldn't, but Tim is better than that.... isn't he?

Wow, Lee, you must be getting old. You forgot to properly address Tim.

"Perhaps Captain Cherrios of the Right Wing Fighting 48th Blogging Keyboardist AssInHats has a blog post you can link to, TIm, YOU DORK! YOU DORKY-DORKINGTON OF DORKSYLVANIA!"

There, I fixed it for you. Gotta keep it classy.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

I see Dwayne can't come up with anything that supports Tim's views either.

Tim - you're kinda swinging in the wind here. You made a statement - that the "Wacko-Diva" reports were a hoax - and your pals aren't helping you out here - you are going to back up your claim, aren't you?

I didn't think so.


Lee, I'm on your side on this one. I hate to say it, but you're right when it comes to Tim. Here's the story I bet he's talking about:


But what Tim failed to notice is that the story broke first and then some time later the actual hoax only involved someone calling MSNBC and others and claiming to be the source. The media reported the identity of the "source" without checking into it and then later found they had been fooled - but that doesn't mean the original story was a hoax, Tim! Do try to keep up, Tim! ;-)

Lee Ward:

Yep - the "hoax" was that Eisenstadt was the source - not the story itself - and that was only over the "Africa is a country" report about Palin. Thanks for the backup, Steve.

There was no hoax reported over the "Wacko - diva" reports about Palin.

But Tim will be along to apologize any hour now - uh, make that any day now. I'm sure.

John Irving:

No really, Lee. Newsweek is not a source. They don't identify a source, and "anonymous" in political stories is synomous with "nonexistent."

As I said, the story is fictional. Prove me wrong.


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