In an article for the National Review today, former half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin compared herself to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died today at 87 following a stroke.
And, of course, like all conservatives and trailblazers, [Thatcher] had to endure more than her share of vicious media attacks. Sir Archie Hamilton once recounted how he asked Thatcher whether she read the daily newspapers. “‘Oh no!’ she replied, ‘They make such hurtful and damaging remarks about me and my family, that if I ever read the papers every day, I could never get on with the job I am here to do.’”
I know exactly what she meant.
Palin also falsely claimed that Thatcher, President Reagan and Pope John Paul II defeated the Soviet Union, which actually collapsed from within (as Senator Patrick Moynihan predicted it would in the 1970s):
With the passing of Margaret Thatcher, we’ve sadly lost the last living member of that great triumvirate that included Ronald Reagan and John Paul II — those giants who defeated the evil empire of Soviet Communism and allowed the liberation of its captive nations.
Ann Coulter said today on WABC-AM (audio below) that Thatcher offered to act as a mentor to Palin in 2008 when she was the vice presidential candidate, but Palin rejected her help, reports Mediaite.com.
Coulter recalled that a few years later, Palin wanted to set up a meeting with Thatcher, but “Lady Thatcher put out the word that she would not be available.”