Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Down By Law

You're not listening to me, Andrea Mitchell-Lady!!!
Little Sarah, Plain and Tall, Gets Testy With Mrs. Greenspan, There
(Photo: CNN Screencapture, via TPM)

Little Sarah, plain and tall, announced she would quit her job. Then she traveled 300 miles to go fishing -- but was available to talk with ABC, MSNBC, CNN and the Anchorage Daily News, to expand on her bizarre and impenetrable, nonsensical explanations the reasons for her resignation.

The circumstances around the interviews show Palin as a garden-variety politician pretty well (albeit one who shoots herself in the head every time she opens her mouth): After an announcement that sparks a firestorm of speculation, criticism, and general What The F responses, Moose Lady travels 300 miles to reach a relatively remote fishing camp -- presumably for privacy and seclusion...

... and then appears for candid, off-the-cuff interviews with one Network Teevee reporter after another, in overall waders... and mascara, foundation makeup, blush and manicure, hair perfectly in place. Because Sarah was just (as she put it) "workin' a fish line", and the reporters were just showing her doing a day's work.

Uh-huh. The fish, presumably, were the Teevee "journalists"; but when Little Sarah said that her resignation was really just "not running again", NBC's Andrea Mitchell (Mrs. Alan Greenspan, architect of the Crash of 2008) said that she was leaving office with a year-and-a-half left to serve -- that some critics would say she "hadn't finished the job" she was elected to do for her state. Palin snapped back, "You're not listenin' to me, when I say as to why I couldn't finish that final year in office...!"

And, ABC's Kate Snow was also coy about being hooked. At one point in her interview with Snow, Little Sarah told her that a major reason in her decision to resign were the mounting legal expenses surrounding lawsuits brought against her as Alaska's Governor for potential ethics violations -- which Palin described as political "blood sport".

Sarah Describes Husband Todd's Attributes With ABC's Snow
(Photo: ABC)

"They're not gonna find any dirt," she said. "We keep proving that every time we win an ethics violation lawsuit, and we've won every one of them. But it has been costing our state millions of dollars. It's cost Todd and me. You know the adversaries would love to see us put on the path of personal bankruptcy so that we can't afford to run."

("The adversaries". It's like Lil' Boots' references to "the evildoers" -- sounds so biblical, so... 'down home', you know? And the "path to personal bankruptcy" remark sounds like a pitch for hard-workin' Americans to donate money to her Legal Defense Fund, something Palin is doing unashamedly these days.)

But, Snow asked, wouldn't being a national political figure result in the same "blood sport"? Couldn't she expect her personal and political life to be under similar scrutiny? Ah, but that wouldn't matter at a national level, Little Sarah replied.

...Palin said there was a difference between the White House and what she had experienced in Alaska. If she were in the White House, she said, the "department of law" would protect her from baseless ethical allegations.

"I think on a national level, your department of law there in the White House would look at some of the things that we've been charged with and automatically throw them out," she said.

There is no "Department of Law" at the White House.

("Sarah Palin: Why She Resigned", ABC News)

Uh-Huh. As an Agnostic, even as a dog; I get down on my knees and thank -- whatever essentially positive, elemental force is behind all things -- that John McCain, the Moose Lady's ticket to the White House, wasn't elected President last Fall.

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