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?