Earlier this week, Politico wrote about a trove of e-mails, contained in an unpublished manuscript written by Frank Bailey, a former aide to Sarah Palin, which show the former governor as the petty, vindictive, self-centered and hyper-sensitive personality any halfway attentive observer has long known her to be.
With an enemies list which would put Richard Nixon to shame, Palin is obsessed with every perceived slight, every criticism, every mention of her that is less than glowing praise. She goes after not just liberals, Democrats and the “lamestream media,” as she calls us, but also Republican bigwigs who, she believes, are unfair to her:
“Yes, (Newt/GOP) are egotistical, narrow-minded machine goons … but all the more reason God protected me from getting up on stage in front of ,5000 political and media ‘elites’ to praise him, then it be shown across the nation.” Palin wrote in the e-mail.
“At some point Newt would have shown his true colors anyway and we would have been devastated having known we’d earlier prostituted ourselves up in front of the country introducing him and acting like that good ol’ rich white guy is the savior of the party,” she continued.
Palin has absolutely no business in public life. She is temperamentally unsuited to modern-day politics, where officials and their family members — even children — are subjected to harsh criticism, unfair attacks, scurrilous rumors and even violent threats.
Consider the hateful, mean-spirited harangue to which Rush Limbaugh subjected the First Lady, in which he lambasted her for eating ribs and mocked her appearance. As the WaPo’s Dana Milbank noted:
The broadcaster announced during his show Monday that the first lady “took the kids out to Vail on a ski vacation, and they were spotted eating, and they were feasting on ribs – ribs that were 1,575 calories per serving with 141 grams of fat.”
Actually, the restaurant put the calorie count at 600, but Rush was determined to chew out Obama. “The problem is – and dare I say this? – it doesn’t look like Michelle Obama follows her own nutritionary, dietary advice,” he said. “I’m trying to say that our first lady does not project the image of women that you might see on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.”
What kind of crass and shameless critic would completely distort Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity just to score political points? Oh, wait! Sarah Palin did that, when she claimed the first lady wants to ban desserts. From The NY Daily News:
“Where are the s’mores ingredients?” the sharp-elbowed hockey mom growled in Sunday’s episode of her outdoorsy TLC show “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”
“This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert,” Palin said mockingly as she rummaged through her kitchen cupboards for graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate.
Sarah, grow up.
— Cynthia Tucker