Sarah Palin Is A Gridiron Star

2009 December 5
by INC

The Gators didn’t do too well on Saturday with their football game, but Governor Sarah Palin took to The Gridiron tonight and sent her opponents home in defeat. At The Gridiron Club dinner she served up some roasted politicians and skewered journalists with a seasoning of Alaskan humor.

Addressing the crowd of journalists, the former Alaska governor poked fun at the penchant of political reporters to leaf through campaign book indexes to find their names, noting that she decided to skip the index on her book.

So, at the dinner, she created one: “A: Alaska, media not understanding it, page 1-432.

“B: Biased, Page 1-432.”

…As for the president, Palin joked that she was looking at a magazine cover of Obama and Chinese president Hu Jinato during an airplane flight. A nearby passenger stated, “Hu’s the Communist,” she related.

And, Palin said, “I thought he was asking a question.”

Texas for Sarah Palin checked out Twitter to see what some of the guests were saying.

Susan Page tweets:

“Sometimes you’ve got to trust your instincts and when you don’t, you end up in places like this. ”

She was addressing “leading journalists and intellectuals, or as I put it, a death panel.”

If GOP ticket had won last year, she would be veep and Biden would be “selling his book, Going Rogaine.”

Karen Tumulty tweets:

She loves her hotel room in DC: “I could see the Russian embassy.”

“I went out for a jog. Or as newsweek calls it–a photo shoot.”

About her book tour: “the view is better from the bus … Than under it.”

…a shot at SteveSchmidt… “If I ever need a bald campaign manager, it appears all I am left with is James Carville.”

John King tweets:

“Tomorrow I am going to Iowa ……noon to 3p at Barnes & Noble ”

Book title debate included “The Audacity of the North Slope.”

UPDATE: Greta Van Susteren has Governor Sarah Palin’s entire speech posted at her GretaWire Blog.  (I love the hat!).


H/T:  USA Today (via Texas for Sarah Palin) Politico (via Hot Air & commenter), Tweet ideas from Texas for Sarah Palin, (some style editing of tweets), FOX News: GretaWire, bc3b.

21 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 December 5 9:10 pm
    INC permalink

    Some commenters at Hot Air said they were having problems with malware from clicking on Politico (the link in the quote with her “new” book index). No problems for me so far, but I wanted to let you know.

  2. 2009 December 5 9:17 pm
    booshkindoggin permalink

    Biden – “Going Rogaine” har.

  3. 2009 December 5 11:10 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Funny. I have read a number of articles/threads and no one mentions anything Barney Frwank, who also addressed the dinner, said.

    At the rate Sarah is moving (and other GOP hopefuls like Huck and Mitt are stumbling), the 2012 GOP primaries may be over before they start.

    In July Willie Brown wrote,

    “The pundits are wrong. Conventional wisdom is wrong. Sarah Palin’s decision to step down as Alaska governor was a brilliant move.

    “Palin has some of the best political instincts I have ever seen. She became a pop-culture superstar overnight when John McCain made her his veep pick, and she’s still second only to President Obama among politicians the public is interested in. Even in liberal San Francisco, she’d be front-page news if she ever came to town.

    After the election, with Palin back home but positioning herself for a 2012 presidential run, it was clear she would catch nothing but ridicule from Alaska’s Democrats. It was not going to be pretty.

    If Palin wants to play on the national field, she has to be free to move around. She has to be able to drop into Indiana, Ohio or Tennessee and help Republican candidates raise money. She has to be available for radio and TV.

    She has to be like Gavin Newsom, free to roam around the country, safe in the knowledge that things will pretty much take care of themselves back home.

    Instead, Palin faced the prospect of being constantly pinned down in a state that is a day and a half away from the rest of America. She would have been totally isolated in every sense of the word.

    Now she can study up on issues where she is lacking and become a full-time political celebrity.

    The pundits call her a quitter, but let’s be honest – the pundits never liked her to begin with. Better to take one hit for stepping down and move on than to stay in Alaska and die a death by a thousand cuts.

    Governor or not, Palin is still the biggest star in the Republican galaxy. After all, who else have they got?

    Willie is pretty saavy himself.

    Read more:

  4. 2009 December 6 12:37 am
    mpthompson permalink

    Go Sarah!

    OT: With Gordon Brown making an ass of himself over Climategate, I came across this little piece of news I hadn’t heard of before. It seems that Gordon Brown is directly responsible for selling off 400 tons of gold, half of the United Kingdom’s gold reserves, at the bottom of the market in 1999 at about $240 an ounce. How could such incompetence with the UK’s national wealth be rewarded with the PM position?

  5. 2009 December 6 12:39 am
    mpthompson permalink

    If you watch the video I linked above, be sure to catch the warning Alan Greenspan gave Brown as a warning against executing the sale of the gold. Utter incompetence. I guess Obama has something to strive for now.

  6. 2009 December 6 6:11 am
    phineas gage permalink

    Good ClimateGate review by Stephen Hayward at the Weekly Standard.

    btw, he uses the term ‘CRUtape letters’, which is rather clever.

  7. 2009 December 6 6:58 am
    phineas gage permalink

    Mark Steyn, simply the best

    He quotes the old refrain about the Grand Old Duke of York marching ten thousand men up a hill and marching them back down again.

    We could also do that another way:

    ‘you put thirty thousand in
    you take thirty thousand out
    you put thirty thousand in
    and you march them all about
    you do the hokey-pokey
    and get reelected now
    that’s what it’s all about’

  8. 2009 December 6 7:20 am
    justrand permalink

    Sarah Palin’s performance just ensures the media will devote yet another news cycle to proclaiming her insignificance.

    CNN – 1 hour special: “Ignore Sarah Palin…we are
    MSNBC – 90 minute special: “Sarah Who?
    60 Minutes – lead segment: “Whatever happened to Sarah Palin?
    NY Times – [above the fold] “Sarah Palin, Fading From Public View” [cont’d on pages 12-20]
    LA Times – “Britney Spears Drunk Again

  9. 2009 December 6 7:38 am
    justrand permalink

    hat tip Powerline…captures the ClimateGate BS perfectly!!

  10. 2009 December 6 7:51 am
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Phin, great links.

    Here is the Sci-Am, embarrassing themselves…..

    I love how the left insists that the fact the builders of scientific consensus admitted lying about their data means that the data is still fine, and you must simply shut up.

  11. 2009 December 6 7:59 am
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    I love Sarah calling Ogabe a communist. Hilarious, and right on. He is a communist.

  12. 2009 December 6 8:05 am
    justrand permalink

    rwy, I’ve been outraged by so much of the ClimateGate bullshit…yet the Scientific American story didn’t so much piss me off as deeply sadden me. Sci-Am USED TO pride themselves on objectivity. I used to subscribe, and try to slog through deeply technical articles to see if I could understand them.

    But this Sci-Am article was utterly UN-scientific, and represented the worst of critical thinking.

    from Wikipedia article on Martin Luther:

    Martin Luther…as a priest and theology professor, he confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his The Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. Luther strongly disputed their claim that freedom from God’s punishment of sin could be purchased with money.
    His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Edict of Worms meeting in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the emperor.

    Pope alGore and unHoly World Emporor Obama have declared ALL who refuse to worship Global Warming to be “outlaws”! Sci-Am just wanted to prostrate themselves quickly and fully to ensure their “Graces” knew of their devotion.


  13. 2009 December 6 8:25 am
    phineas gage permalink

    Fake, but accurate!!

  14. 2009 December 6 8:32 am
    bc3b permalink

    Associated Press is questioning Sarah Palin’s intentions as she travels to Sioux City, IA for a booksigning today. Duh!

    Surprise: Hundreds waited in line in sub-freezing temperatires overnight outside the Suoux City Barnes & Noble.

  15. 2009 December 6 9:25 am
    bc3b permalink

    More of Sraah Palin’s talk at the Gridiron Dinner compliments of FNC/GretaWire:


  16. 2009 December 6 9:43 am
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Fake, but accurate!!

    Exactly. How can these people possibly be expected to be taken seriously.

    “Well, of course we lied, but you must believe ……our …..lies”

    There are simply no words.

  17. 2009 December 6 10:03 am
    INC permalink

    Thanks, bc. I found the link to Greta–I’ll put it in the post.

  18. 2009 December 6 10:04 am
    mpthompson permalink

    Justrand, I agree regarding Scientific American. This opinion piece at Nature continues the same sad story regarding ClimateGate. History will not be kind to the scientists who stopped seeking the truth and started seeking consensus.

  19. 2009 December 6 11:14 am
    drdog09 permalink

    PG, 7, that visage is simply fantastic!

    I fear for our men under this administration.

  20. 2009 December 6 11:23 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Wow. She even took a stab at McCain’s staff in the speech. Outstanding.

  21. 2009 December 6 11:29 am

    Very funny remarks.

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