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Chan Lowe: Sarah Palin ratchets up the campaign


This is just a muscle-flexing exercise. It’s a smack with a rolled-up newspaper to remind the little people⎯like Pawlenty, Romney, Huntsman and especially that cut-rate knock-off, Michele Bachmann⎯who’s got the real clout.

All she has to do is get on the back of a Harley and the media is breathlessly galloping in her exhaust. Look, I’ve just done a cartoon about her. She’s toying with us; she won’t even release her schedule. It’s like hide-and-seek, played with marionettes.

You’d think we’d have learned something about being played after the Trumpstravanganza. But, like Trump, Palin sells. Sarah backslid a little after the Gabrielle Giffords overstep, then Trump eclipsed everyone with the birth certificate brouhaha. It was time to get back to the top of the marquee. We obliged.

Evidently, she is under exclusive contract as a Fox News employee to grant interviews only to Greta Van Susteren. What kind of candidate has an exclusive contract? One who is more show business than substance. Fox has said that despite Palin’s bus tour and the new two-hour cinematic hagiography that has just been released (If only Leni Riefenstahl could have lived to see it!), she maintains her status with the network.

Which means even Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, isn’t taking her candidacy seriously. Why should the rest of us?

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Palin’s taking her obscene and hate-filled rhetoric on the road for some coast-to-coast finger pointing which will surely continue to damage our country’s world view. Historically, her speeches are causing more harm than good. I shutter to think what she would do and say with the power allotted to our Presidential office.

Oh- to have Sarah Palin run for Prez...Also Michele Bachmann....I envision a moderator at a "question & answer forum"....

Bachmann is asked to explain Roe vs. Wade...(answer) "That was the decision George Washington had to make before he crossed the Delaware."

Palin is asked about her knowledge of state rights & state capitals...(answer) She proudly say's, "Go ahead & ask me- I know them all."..Moderator say's,"O.K, what's the capital of Wisconsin.?" (answer's again) "Oh, that's easy, it's W"

Maybe Greta Van Susteren could be the moderator...But-would it be on Fox News, or Comedy Central.? We'd all be watching.....

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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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