Excellent detailed piece on Sarah Palin by journalist Michael Joseph Gross in the October 2010 issue of Vanity Fair …
Sarah Palin: The Sound and the Fury
Former Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin speaks at the "Restoring Honor" rally at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on August 28, 2010.
Even as Sarah Palin’s public voice grows louder, she has become increasingly secretive, walling herself off from old friends and associates, and attempting to enforce silence from those around her. Following the former Alaska governor’s road show, the author delves into the surreal new world Palin now inhabits—a place of fear, anger, and illusion, which has swallowed up the engaging, small-town hockey mom and her family—and the sadness she has left in her wake.
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Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin ranting to the crowds during her speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Today [Saturday] marks the one-year anniversary of John McCain’s introduction of Sarah Palin to the international stage, in Dayton, Ohio, a political battleground that the Republicans desperately needed for another shot at the White House. They lost Ohio big (by more than 300,000 votes), and they lost the election even bigger–mostly thanks to Palin’s erratic, if not downright bizarre, performance as the vice-presidential nominee.
In many ways, it seems longer than a year. Much longer. Palin went back to Alaska, where her life turned into a nasty soap opera. There were revelations from McCain’s staff about her behavior on the campaign trail; she was hit with a myriad of ethics charges (some of which, contrary to Palin’s claims otherwise, stuck); she bailed on her relationship with the state’s legislators and played politics with the federal stimulus plan; she got into a dog fight with Levi Johnston; she began a series of odd Twitterings, replete with a six-part ramble on Mommy Bear; she resigned amid chaos and deception, only to return as a diva on Facebook.
And through it all she has been obsessed with Barack Obama.
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Sarah Palin backs out once again.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will not be delivering a speech at an anti-abortion rights event this evening as expected, making this the fourth time this year anticipated public comments from Palin have been scratched.
The Alaska Family Council has for weeks advertised that Sarah Palin would speak at a fundraiser and petition signing to promote an Alaska ballot measure that aims to prevent teenagers from getting an abortion without notifying their parents. Organizers only learned on Wednesday that Palin is out of the state and does not plan on attending the event, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
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Sarah Palin on the Glenn Beck show.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is jumping into the fray over Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck, whose assertion last month that President Barack Obama is “a racist” led to a boycott of the companies advertising on his show, and ultimately, led some to drop their sponsorship of his show.
Palin on Wednesday had this to say on Facebook, the social networking Web site that, since she stepped down as governor, has been the former Republican vice presidential candidate’s main platform for communicating: “FOX News’ Glenn Beck is doing an extraordinary job this week walking America behind the scenes of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and outlining who is actually running the White House.
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Americans United For Change Facebook ad to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin set off a frenzied debate about health care reform when she accused President Obama of planning to establish “death panels” via health care reform. Now, proponents of the president’s health care agenda are taking to Palin’s preferred medium to attack her claims, with a Facebook ad asking Palin to “stop lying.”
The labor-affiliated group Americans United For Change is running the Facebook ad directly targeted at the more than 800,000 listed “supporters” of Palin on Facebook, according to Greg Sargent of the Washington Post blog the Plum Line.
“Health insurance reform is too important for outright lies,” the ad says. “Send Sarah Palin a message; tell her to stop lying about ‘death panels.'”
The ad reportedly directs people to a page on the Americans United for Change Web site with a submission form to send a letter to Palin. The page also includes a video indicating that the “real” death panels are insurance companies that deny customer claims for important treatments.
“If we don’t confront the outright lies and liars as we did in 2008 then we allow the health insurance industry and their Republican supporters to swift boat health care reform,” the page reads.
The ad attacks Palin on the ground on which she appears to be most comfortable. Without a political office or any other platform from which to express her views, Palin has aggressively used Facebook to keep up her high profile, most recently with notes on the social networking site about health care reform.
It has yet to be seen whether rebutting Palin’s false “death panel” claims on Facebook proves any more effective than doing so through traditional media. As the Washington Post points out, the persistence of the death panel rumor is “a stunning illustration of the traditional media’s impotence.”
Sarah Palin continues "makin' things up"
Sarah Palin has expanded her blogging to include foreign policy, writing a Facebook post on Wednesday criticizing the U.S. Export Import Bank plan to lend $2 billion to the Brazilian oil company Petrobras.
Jumping off an editorial in the Wall Street Journal, she wrote,
Why is it that during these tough times, when we have great needs at home, the Obama White House is prepared to send more than two billion of your hard-earned tax dollars to Brazil so that the nation’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, can drill off shore and create jobs developing its own resources? Buy American is a wonderful slogan, but you can’t say in one breath that you want to strengthen our economy and stimulate it, and then in another ship our much-needed dollars to a nation desperate to drill while depriving us of the same opportunity.
While the Journal lamented the fact that we were exploring for oil offshore in Brazil and not in our own country, it did not suggest the deal would take jobs or income away from Americans. That’s because it won’t. A spokesman for the U.S. Export Import Bank, Phil Cogan, explained to Politico that the bank does not rely on taxpayer money. Moreover, the bank lends money to foreign companies so that they can purchase American goods and services.