Here's the Des Moines Register's write up of half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin's appearance in Iowa over the weekend. She was here to endorse Red Oak state senator Joni Ernst's bid for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination. There's also video, so you can get the full Palin experience.
I swear, but I do NOT get how anyone with a single aspiration for elected office could think this woman, this...political punchline, could been seen as a "Stargate" to polling place success. No kidding--watch the video again and you'll see and hear Palin hit the same tired tropes she's trotted out since 2008. She runs the full lap of "mama grizzly" to "lamestream media" and sprinkles in more dropped "g's" than a South-Central gang-banger with a full clip and an itchy trigger finger.
Do not ever, ever, forget that Palin's entire poltical future as John McCain's running mate (and McCain's hope for the White House) was very nearly single-handedly undone by a spot-on impersonation by Tina Fey that did little more than turn Palin's own words around on her.
This is not to say that I didn't have a bit of sympathy for Gov. Palin. Read "Game Change" by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. They do a good job of portraying Palin as someone who wasn't McCain's choice for VP, and someone so woefully over her head in the role as to look naive and doltish. But, to be clear, my sympathy for her straight ended the minute she cashed in on a TLC reality show. You know TLC, right? The home of polygamists, little people, and Honey Boo-boo? 'Nuff said.
The problem? Sarah Palin is going to continue to run out the clock on her 15 minutes of fame for as long as politicans like Joni Ernst continue to gave her credibility.