So much for Sarah Palin’s plan to “step back” and “let some new voices, new faces, new energy out there to really engage with the base.” That’s what she said two weeks ago when it was clear she was persona non grata at both the Republican convention and the Romney campaign. But now that the convention is here she just can’t seem to be able to resist trying to butt in and grab some attention away from others. Again. You might say she quit her quitting.
Instead she went to Gilbert, Arizona to campaign for a would-be Republican Congressman hoping to win his party’s nomination in a primary. Maybe it was just me but the crowd, while vocal, seemed to be a bit sparse. The New York Times reported that the barbecue she helped serve ordered food for 500. Considering Gilbert is a town of about 200,000 and that people usually order extra food for events like this, and considering that last fall she drew thousands in Mississippi, this doesn’t seem like such a great turnout.
But she got a spot on Hannity where her arrogant viciousness toward Democrats, President Obama, the “lamestream media,” etc. is always welcome. This time, after boasting that she had Obama “pegged” in 2008, she “wondered,” if he’s re-elected, “Will we reward hard work?”
Which is pretty funny when you consider that she quit her own job as governor of Alaska halfway through her term and hasn’t gotten another one, other than to pop up on Fox News in various guises as an expert on the Constitution, Obamacare, immigration, etc.
UPDATE: Pro-Palin flak Ian Lazaran tweeted me that news reports indicated "thousands" showed up. But the report he linked in his tweet first said "hundreds" were there, then someone else corrected saying he thought it was "well over a thousand." That's still not the kind of huge crowd she used to get.
I’m still stunned she has a platform. Four years ago this time, she was the hottest thing since sliced bread. Now she persona non grata at her OWN party’s convention. If she were a graceful human being, she would keep a low profile, and perhaps even one day grow into a cogent representative of Republican ideology. As it stands now, she’s nothing more than a political buffoon.