Sarah Palin still is the media's favourite circus act: If she appears somewhere, you have to surround her and then try to get some dumb or inflammatory or otherwise sensational statements out of her, and today in Iowa, this strategy seems to have worked really well again. It actually worked so well that Sarah Palin did not hesitate to chastise reporter Scott Conroy ("Sarah from Alaska") on the spot for quoting her verbatim earlier that day!
But let's take it step by step. Sarah appeared today at the Iowa state fair, and Dave Weigel somehow got it right when he wrote today at Slate: "Sarah Palin Arrives at State Fair, Attracts Every Camera Within 500 Miles."
Yup yup, today the cameras were on her again, you betcha:
So what did Sarah Palin say? Apparently, she said a lot, and Scott Conroy diligently reported parts of it on twitter:
So Sarah Palin is apparently not happy at all about the fact that Rick Perry is about to enter the race:
We know from the past that if Sarah is unhappy, it's tough for her to hide it. Sometimes she manages to hide her anger and/or frustration, but apparently not today. Why is she unhappy, though? Dear readers, although I see the results of our sweet little poll at the top of the sidebar, I believe I know why she is not happy: Because Sarah will run, and Rick Perry could be a real threat, much more than Michele Bachmann.
I have said it before and I will say it again: The thrilla from Wasilla will enter the race - because she has absolutely nothing to lose by entering the race, but just to gain. Even if she lost, she would maintain her position of being somebody whose statements are actually worth to be reported. In contrast, by staying out of the race, nobody would ever care for the Wasillian housewife again, including her fanatical fans. But her fans know already know what will happen, and her foot-soldiers, most of them originating from the Conservatives4Palin-network, are already in position. Let's not forget that it was revealed in Frank Bailey's book "Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin" that Conservatives4Palin secretly work together with the inner circle around Sarah Palin.
Rick Perry currently tries hard to reinforce his image of the darling of right-wing Christians. He appeared at a Christian rally in Texas on August 6, 2011 which was organized by a right-wing organization (good TV news report about the event HERE). At the event, Rick Perry spoke a highly controversial prayer, in which he shamelessly exploited religion for his political goals and blurred the line between politics and religion in a dangerous way - not that Rick Perry would care, of course:
Back to Iowa: What did Sarah Palin do when she was confronted with the statements she gave earlier today about Rick Perry? She blamed reporter Scott Conroy for quoting her verbatim! Thankfully Dave Weigel provided this detailed report about her reaction:
But Palin and her husband Todd spent a lot of time answering questions from reporters. When Jake Tapper of ABC News arrived in the scrum, with more cameras, Palin stopped taking ad hoc answers and started an impromptu press conference. She made some news, saying she would probably make up her mind on a 2012 bid by next month, "in fairness to supporters who are standing on the sidelines."
"I don't want to be perceived as stringing people along," she said. "Don't jump on someone else's bandwagon because I might jump in. That's not fair to them."
Before I'd gotten there, Palin had told reporters she was glad to see Rick Perry run for president "even though he wouldn't," and that the governor of Alaska had more power than the governor of Texas. Both true statements, both of which came out during the early part of a media frenzy. By the time I arrived, reporters were repeating the lines at her.
"You seemed to be critical of Rick Perry," started one reporter.
"What did I say?" asked Palin, exasperated. She looked at Scott Conroy, the co-author of the Palin bio Sarah From Alaska, and a diligent reporter on the Palin beat. "Did you do it?"
Conroy fessed up and repeated what she'd said about the powers of governors.
"See, now this is what I don't understand about the press!" said Palin. "You make a statement like that, which I did. You asked me, what's the difference between your experience as governor and Rick Perry's. An I said, there's two different forms of government in the state of Alaska and the state of Texas. Alaska has a very powerful executive position. Texas, it's not as powerful. That does not mean he did a better job or a worse job than any other governor, including myself."
"So it's a distinction," said Conroy. "Isn't that worth reporting?"
"No!" said Palin, turning to talk to someone else about who should win the straw poll. "I would never tell people who to vote for," she said. "I think Ron Paul still has a great stance of winning the straw poll. I think Herman Cain has a chance, too."
Coincidentally, on Wednesday this week, Alaskan activist Andrée McLeod pointed us to some interesting news, because a few days ago Sarah Palin asked the State of Alaska for legal help in the civil lawsuit which Juneau resident Chip Thoma started against her - AP reported the details:
Assistant Attorney General Dale House said Palin asked the state to help defend her against the lawsuit by activist Chip Thoma.
The claims made against Palin date to when she was governor, and House said Wednesday that it's typical for the state to get involved if the person is being sued largely because of the title they held or because of something they did in the course of their official duties. He said there are exceptions, including for criminal cases.
House said the state will pay for his participation but not for Palin's personal lawyer, John Tiemessen, who will be co-counsel.
Thoma is suing Palin for at least $100,000, claiming that she undertook a campaign to "punish, embarrass, discredit and silence" him while governor after he complained about tour bus traffic on the windy, narrow streets around the governor's mansion.
Therefore Sarah Palin lost her hesitation to accept legal assistance from the State of Alaska - even for a civil law suit. Oh, these poor little people!
I don't want to forget to mention that Frank Bailey explained in his book "Blind Allegiance to Sarah Palin" in great detail how Sarah Palin orchestrated the campaign against Chip Thomas, together with her inner circle, despite the facts the everyone knew that the allegations against Chip Thomas were completely fabricated. It's one of the best parts of Frank Bailey's book.
Any other stupid remarks by Sarah Palin in Iowa today? YOU BETCHA!
This one is a real head scratcher, again reported by Scott Conroy on twitter:
No Sarah, it wasn't a good question, but a pretty silly one, but nevertheless, it was worth asking, because your reply was....uniquely stupid.
More statements from the Iowa state fair?
So far, only a few other snippets are available on youtube, not in good quality, as far as I can see.
UPDATE - The full CNN interview with Don Lemon has been published online - it's interesting:
Sarah Palin agrees with Mitt Romney's view that "corporations are people":
So the mad cow is on the loose again. ;-)
By chastising Scott Conroy for quoting her verbatim, the most recent Palin-sketch by Tina Fey actually came true, what a surprise - with Sarah Palin, satire doesn't come easy:
Appearing in a faux Fox News debate alongside other "candidates you wish you knew less about" — including Donald Trump, Michele Bachmann, and Mitt Romney — Fey was back in fine form as Palin: "First I want to acknowledge that this week we finally vanquished one of the world's great villains. And I for one am thrilled to say good riddance to Katie Couric," Fey said.
"It's just so great to be back on Fox News, a network that both pays me and shows me the questions ahead of time," Fey added. "I just hope that tonight the lamestream media won't twist my words by repeating them verbatim."
But great ideas for comedy come easy as far as Sarah Palin and the rest of the GOP crowd is concerned, at least for our reader Azure Ghost, who created another one of her brilliant graphics (click to enlarge):
More entertainment will be guaranteed. Look of for more "sniding remarks" of the Ice Queen against Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann, because God is with her, not with the other two idiots, and he will push the door wide open for Queen Esther, and not for them, YOU BETCHA, AMERICA!
The woman who made a living out of spewing hate and division all over America wore a "love" t-shirt today in Iowa (click to enlarge):