Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice-presidential candidate, half-term Alaska governor and Fox News pundit, definitely has a rare talent for keeping her name in the media. And the media appears all too willing to broadcast her variously nonsensical, insulting and outrageous statements.
Her latest came yesterday in a televised interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper. Palin is making the media rounds to promote her new book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, in which she, according to the book’s back cover copy, calls on readers to “defend and openly celebrate the joys of their Christianity, and to say to one another, "Merry Christmas!"
She argues in the book that “the holiday has been robbed of its meaning and true tradition by the pressures of political correctness.”
And here we were thinking that the holiday was robbed of its true meaning by rampant commercialism. Jesus may have driven the moneychangers from the Temple, but the holiday season in America accounted for about $3 trillion in retail business last year.
Anyway, Tapper was all too happy to help Palin sell her latest book, and find yet another outlet for her unhinged viewpoints.
On Tapper’s program yesterday, during a discussion of the sexism faced by female political candidates such as Palin herself, and expected 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Palin asserted that women face special scrutiny in politics.
"Hillary Clinton was mistreated when it came to appearances, when it came to wardrobe,” Palin said. “Petty, superficial things that the men don't ever seem to hear much about, but a woman candidate will.”
When Tapper countered that recently reelected New Jersey republican Governor Chris Christie, another expected 2016 presidential candidate, has frequently been subject to barbs about his weight, Palin seemed to say that such insults were okay.
"That's because it's been extreme,” she said. “So it's hard for some people not to comment on it.”
Christie has not responded to Palin’s comment. But last week, Time Magazine ran a cover photo of Christie with the headline, “The Elephant In The Room,” which was widely interpreted as yet another jab at Christie’s corpulent appearance.
When asked about the headline, Christie replied, “Oh, who cares. I mean, seriously. I’m on the cover of Time Magazine, you know? It is certainly not the first weight joke that has been thrown my way over the course of the last four years.”
See an excerpt from Palin’s interview with Tapper below.
SOURCES: CNN, Time Magazine, Amazon.com, Statista