It seems that Sarah Palin, who hid from the press following her disastrous interviews with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson, can't stop talking to NBC, state capital reporters, Greta Van Susteren, CNN, Matt Lauer, Wolf Blitzer and Larry King.
The topics include refuting charges that she was a drag on John McCain's chances, some of which were made by McCain staffers. Columnist Maureen Dowd characterized it as an attempt to remake her battered image:
After her brutal transformation by the McCain campaign into a shopaholic, whack-job diva — “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” as one angry McCain aide characterized it to Newsweek — Palin is now trying to unmake that makeover and morph from uptown cloistered girl back to down-home accessible girl.
Palin also stated that she's ready for the next political opportunity. She told Fox's Van Susteren that she's waiting for God to tell her how to bless America with her leadership:
I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door. And if there is an open door in '12 or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door.
I'm reminded of the last politician who thought that God commanded him to rain bombs on Baghdad as part of his technicolor "Shock and Awe" extravaganza.
Now I know that I'm not going to sound like Joe Sixpack here. Call me a Northeast liberal elitist, but what's with the repeated use of "I'm like"? Here's someone who has been mentioned–perish the thought–as a potential presidential candidate using an expression associated with early adolescence. That lack of gravitas still afflicts Palin.
What also stands out for me is her comment in the video above about distortions of her record coming from "...some blogger probably sitting there in their parents' basement wearing their pajamas blogging some kind of gossip or lies."
I had no idea that Palin followed the liberal blogosphere. Just in case she is a regular reader of The Liberal Curmudgeon, I want to assure her that the scenario she presented does not apply here.
I also want to tell Palin that my posts on her are a matter of public record, not gossip or lies. I have video proof of the wisdom she passed on to the electorate, including the Alaska-is-next-to-Russia foreign policy expertise argument, the inability to mention the name of any periodical she reads, the inability to mention a Supreme Court case besides Roe v. Wade, the statement that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are public institutions, and the befuddlement over what the Bush doctrine is.
I'm preserving these statements as a public service, to remind everyone that, should she run for the president, Sarah Palin is bad for our families, for our states, for our nation.