Where is she in 2012?
She not only was NOT invited to speak at the GOP convention, she wasn't even invited to attend it.
How far the once idolized darling who electrified the GOP four years ago has fallen. She's been reduced to starring in cheesy cable reality shows, having books ghost-written for her, watching her children make fools of themselves proving they can't dance or do much of anything else, and nipping, like a pesky chihuahua, from her facebook page, at the heels of real politicians. Oh, and she's got a gig at FAUX NOOZ, where even her bosses don't like her.
We knew what the "Pit Bull With Lipstick" was about the moment she opened her mouth and the minute she couldn't answer what she called a "gotcha!" question by Katie Couric: "Which newspapers and magazines do you read?"
Her interview with Charlie Gibson was a train wreck, and she failed to distinguish herself in the vice presidential debate, unless you believe that flirting and winking is evidence of a deep understanding of domestic and foreign policy.
She is the only candidate for vice president in recent history to NOT appear on the Sunday morning talk shows. Those are unscripted shows where she would have had to rely on her knowledge to answer difficult questions. She never showed on any of those panels because her handlers knew she would have made a fool of herself as well as them.
John McCain deserves the blame for foisting this woman on the American people and for putting an unprepared, intellectually lazy, attention and vendetta-seeking mean girl one heart beat away from the presidency. Incredibly, despite evidence to the contrary, he still maintains it was a great choice and that Palin was a star.
But that was then, and this is now. Palin's lost her "star" quality in four short years--to the point where the party that encouraged her apotheosis is now shunning her during its most important quadrenniel dog and pony show. She is the GOP's persona non grata extraordinaire. Her most ardent fans blame the media for "destroying" her, but the truth is that she is a deeply flawed person who has no idea of the qualities one needs to lead. She had a real opportunity to show us the right stuff, and instead she stuffed her pockets, which apparently was her only goal after she quit her governorship half way through it.
We knew she was a fake then, and she's where she is today because of her own inadequacies. No one else delivered her own political self-destruction.
The important take-away from the review of Palin's downward career spiral is this:
The leading lights of the Republican Party and its followers were all disasterously WRONG about Palin and what she would accomplish. Horribly wrong. How many times do we have to remind them of how awful their judgement was about this woman?
Think about their very flawed, very, very bad judgement of character in politicians as the Republican Convention plays out next week.
PS. Good-bye Sarah, and thanks for all the dish.
Here are some of the hilariously WRONG perceptions the starry-eyed dreamers on the right had about Sarah the Charlatan:
"What she's done in Alaska is what we would hope to do in Washington."
-- Lindsay Graham, U.S. senator (R-SC)
(Sarah Palin) "got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States."
-- Mike Huckabee, former governor (R-AR)
"She's got foreign policy experience because you can see Russia from part of Alaska."
-- John McCain, U.S. senator (R-AZ), Republican nominee for president
"She could not be a better vice-presidential pick."
-- Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, that works to elect women opposing abortion rights
"She is a courageous, successful reformer, who is not afraid to take on the establishment. She has run a municipality and she has run a state."
-- Fred Thompson, former U.S.senator (R-TN)
Oh, yeah. Remember him. He was going to get the nomination! He's selling insurance on teevee now.
"She's a real person and she has handled real problems."
-- Pete Dominici, United States senator (R-NM)
Rachel Maddow gets it perfectly correct with this timely observation of Sarah Palin: