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McCain and Palin on On the Record: "Sarah Is An Energizer Bunny."

Reported by Julie - March 27, 2010 -

On last night's (3/26/10) On the Record with Greta van Susteren, "McCain and Palin Reunite, Part II," former (losing) pres and veep duo, John McCain and Sarah Palin, appeared on the show to, well, I think they were there to talk about Palin's assistance in campaigning for McCain in the "toughest primary campaign of his career" against Republican JD Hayworth. But a funny thing happened on the way to the interview to talk about McCain's re-election campaign -- they almost forgot to talk about McCain's re-election campaign. Bashing the Obama Administration got the front page. With video.

Greta first played a clip of Palin as a stand-up comic (as Cindy McCain flashed a big smile, then instantly returned to a deadpan expression, and displayed less than lukewarm appreciation for Palin's wit):

"A lot of things have changed though . . . since the last time we were together . . . John, nobody gave us a teleprompter this go 'round, so it's time to kick it old school . . . poor man's version of the teleprompter, write my notes on my hand again."

Oh, that Sarah, she's a card.

Asking McCain about immigration reform, Greta took the opportunity to mention that the Hispanics are unhappy with President Obama (not mentioning that he still enjoys a 71% approval rating among Hispanics) because he hasn't tackled immigration reform yet (sheesh, he just passed a historic healthcare reform bill -- give the guy a break), then McCain took center stage to bash the Democrats for their position on immigration reform.

"The agreement," he said, ". . . Had a [legal] temporary guest worker program . . . this is not in any proposal that the Democrats want because the unions obviously control their agenda . . . ."

I'm not sure why any Republican, and particularly McCain, is talking about immigration reform anyway. As McCain said recently on a radio show, "There will be no cooperation for the rest of the year. They [Democrats] have poisoned the well in what they've done and how they've done it."

Republican Lindsay Graham echoed his sentiments, saying, "The first casualty of the Democratic healthcare bill will be immigration reform . . . If the healthcare bill goes through this weekend, that will, in my view, pretty much kill any chance of immigration reform passing the Senate this year."

Yup, the Republicans are taking their toys and going home (but not before they bitch to high heaven to anyone who will listen that they've been deliberately left out of the dialogue by the Democrats).

van Susteren -- who can always be counted on to treat Palin as though she actually knows something -- referred to Palin as "Governor Palin" and asked her what she would be telling McCain to do about immigration if she were his veep. I, of course, waited breathlessly for whatever pearls of wisdom Palin might impart. Palin, of course, acknowledged support for McCain's position on immigration, and talked a little bit about securing the borders, but forgot to talk about McCain's position on immigration. (Nobody saw fit to mention that there's been a nearly 20% increase in the deportation rate of criminal illegal immigrants since President Barack Obama took office.)

Instead of anything substantive about immigration reform, we were treated to a litany of Palinanities: ". . . He who has actually proposed some solutions the Obama Administration does not want to listen to Senator McCain or any other Republican and that of course leads to a greater problem that we have in Washington DC and it's that lack of the new Administration's ability and enthusiasm for listening to those on the other side of the aisle who have some good solutions that they want considered."

Finally remembering to get around to the reason they appeared on the program -- McCain's re-election bid -- van Susteren asked McCain how much help Palin was on the campaign trail.

"Say that again," McCain queried.

Repeating the question, McCain said, "Oh, she's, as all over the country, Sarah is an energizer bunny." Not a bad analogy -- Palin as a wind-up toy.

Evidently realizing how diminishing the statement was, McCain quickly said, "She, and I mean it in the way, the strongest sense, she is an energizing factor with Americans and with the people, the 4,000 people who are here today, she energized them. I mean, the feeling that people have towards her is still one of the most remarkable things that I have ever seen. She never stops. She never stops. And she's working hard for America."

McCain then waxed nostalgic about how nice it was to be back with the Palins again, the lovely times he and Cindy had on the campaign trail with Todd and Sarah, and how they campaigned for what would have been "a better America." (He didn't mention "Going Rogue," the book in which Palin criticized the McCain campaign for everything from her pricey clothes to her botched public appearances and piss-poor interviews.)

When the Republicans take their toys and go home, as they've promised, they may need some power to get those motorized cars and airplanes they're playing with launched. I think they'd better take the Energizer Bunny with 'em.