Sarah Palin: Reprise

Of all the interesting people we met in 2008, Governor Sarah Palin is near the top. After all, this looker — someone few outside of Moosejaw, Alaska, had ever heard of before September — gave Republican men unspeakable dreams for two luscious months.

In case you’ve missed her, too, she’s in the news (or the Main Stream Media, per Bill O’Reilley) again!

On the official website of the Office of the Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin this week bemoans the “salacious nature” of political reporting. Now, I don’t have to go very far out on the limb to guess the governor did not use the word “salacious.” Heck. I don’t even believe she knows “salacious” is a word. But here she is using taxpayer money on the Web to repeat the terrible rumors about her son Trig she says the press is repeating; and the only way she can describe them is “salacious.” Right.

A few days earlier the poor thing was being interviewed as part of a documentary about political coverage of the 2008 presidential election. When asked whether the press treated her differently than they are Caroline Kennedy, this is the mush that came out of her mouth:

“It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.”

I defy anyone to diagram that sentence.

But this is a quote she made via her Office:

“I was not commenting at all on Caroline Kennedy as a prospective U.S. senator, but rather on the seemingly arbitrary ways in which news organizations determine the level and kind of scrutiny given to those who aspire to public office,” Gov. Palin said today. “In fact, I consider Ms. Kennedy qualified and experienced, and she could serve New York well.”

As happy as I was to see Sarah Palin back in the news, I still felt bad for the taxpayers of Alaska. But mostly I felt bad for Trig.