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What has Sarah Palin been doing while no one was watching? A year ago, Palin's every tweet -- even retweet -- was worldwide news. But since she decided not the run for president, the press has become mostly bored with her. What has she been doing with her vacation from media scrutiny? Mostly still working out her grudges from the 2008 campaign.
Here's Palin's month of grievances:
Grievance: Being called a racist for saying Barack Obama palled around with terrorists. Palin went on Sean Hanity's Fox News show to talk about the many sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain. Was the media racist in talking about them, Hannity asked? "Well, we need to not be afraid of being accused of being racist just because we call out, for instance, Obama and his socialist policies, and his association and his past record that prove that he would seek to fundamentally transform America," Palin said.
Grievance: People said Trig wasn't her baby. She empathized with Cain's troubles:
"I have had people who have sworn on a bible that they have had affairs with Todd or had affairs with me or one specific one was a masseuse that she massaged me when I was seven months pregnant and she could tell that I wasn't pregnant, hence, Trig was not my kid. And that resulted in this whole Trig truth or issue that I still deal with every day. I've had these liars out there trying to ruin my family and my reputation and my record. So I know what Herman Cain is going through."
Grievance: John McCain's campaign wouldn't let Palin attack Obama hard enough. Palin told Hannity that she didn't believe the White House's claim that they're not paying attention to the Republican presidnetial primary.
Palin: You know, remember too, Sean, we have a distinct advantage going into the 2012 race that we did not have in '08. Obama finally has a record. Of course he did not have a record when he ran as a candidate in '08. He had voted present most of his political career. He was an unknown and just had a lot of hogwash rhetoric that he spewed about hope and change. And now we know what that hope and change represented, and it was socialist policies and they're not working. And that's why we see the joblessness and the home mortgage crisis that is really making Americans suffer. We see so many problems today that are a result of what Obama really represents. So we have that advantage today...
Hannity: That was my next question to you, because the Obama 2008 lofty rhetoric, big crowds, tried to at least portray himself as moderate. People ignored the warning signs, some of which you just mentioned. But I saw a man obsessed, obsessed with the concept of class warfare more so than I would argue any president in modern history. Is that what you saw?
Palin: I did. And you sounded that warning bell. Others tried to also. Again, being the second half of a team that was running against Obama, we did not do a good enough job, I believe, my ticket in bringing out what those differences were between constitutional conservatives and what Obama represented. But you, Sean, and others tried as hard as you could to get Americans to understand what it was that he represented. We missed the boat last go around. Let that not happen this time.
Grievance: Obama hates gun-loving hunters like Palin. The same day, Palin posted a note on her Facebook page titled "'Smoking Gun' in Fast & Furious?" She linked to a CBS News story looking at ATF documents related to the scandal, and offered this parenthetical aside, "And in my humble opinion, I do believe the anti-2nd Amendment characters working in the Obama administration purposefully used their Fast & Furious gun walking operation to propose more gun control regulations.)"
Grievance: The Republican establishment hates her. Palin told Fox Business News that despite the complaints of many Republican officials, candidates should have promised to participate in Donald Trump's debate, even though he was still hinting he might run for president as an independent. I think candidates should not be afraid in front of the nation no matter who the host of the debate is. What is a bit appealing about this idea of Trump hosting a debate is, consider the diverse audience that perhaps he can attract... I would have because as an independent who is proud to be registered in the Republican party but not so obsessed with partisan power that I would let partisanship get in the way of doing what's right for the people."
Another jab at the Republican elite: Palin endorses Ron Paul's endorsement. She tells Fox Business:
"You know the endorsement that I am most interested in is Ron Paul's, to tell you the truth. I don't agree with Ron Paul's foreign policies. ... But, his domestic spending issues are absolutely right on. He's the one that Americans needs to listen to when it comes to dealing in reality about this bankrupt path that we are on. So Ron Paul's endorsement, not saying he won't get the nomination, but in case he doesn't, who he chooses to endorse will give us a clear indication of who is on the right path with domestic spending that needs to be addressed."
Palin writes a boring op-ed in USA Today about congressional insider trading. She takes a shot at "the Beltway establishment," of course.
The Telegraph reports that no one would buy a follow up to Sarah Palin's Alaska reality show featuing Todd Palin's career as a snowmobile racer.
Grievance: Obama doesn't love Christian traditions enough. Palin said Obama's Christmas card was not Christmasy enough, because it didn't show a tree, but instead the family dog. Fox Radio News reported:
"It’s odd," she said, wondering why the president’s Christmas card highlights his dog instead of traditions like "family, faith and freedom."
"Even stranger than that was his first year in office when the Christmas ornaments included Chairman Mao... People had to ask that it be removed because it was offensive." ...
Palin said the majority of Americans can appreciate the more traditional, "American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree." As for the Obama card, she replied, "It's just a different way of thinking coming out of the White House."
Grievance: You people aren't acting like you miss me enough. After months of teases, Palin quit pretending that she was going to run for president. But Monday, she tried to reel wayward fans back in. She told Fox Business, "It's not too late for folks to jump in... Who knows what will happen in the future." her wayward fans.
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Grievance: Hell-bound atheists are rude to people filled with Christlove like Tim Tebow (and Palin). On Fox Business' Follow the Money, Palin said:
I am pro-Tebow, and Tim Tebow, I'm still proud of him, he is in the platform that he has been graced with, that he's been blessed with to do positive things. And, you know, he is not ashamed of his savior, he's not ashamed of Jesus...
What we could do, though, Eric, when we face and confront some of these atheists who just really want to rain on the parade and who knows for whatever reason they just don't want Christmas celebrated, they don't want us to talk about Christ's birth. Well, remember the old "Seinfeld" episode where Puddy was telling Elaine all about, I guess, his faith in Jesus, and Elaine punches him in the shoulder and says, don't you feel horrible that I don't believe, I am not a believer? Shouldn't you feel guilty? And Puddy looks at her and says, I'm not the one going to hell.
HBO releases its trailer for Game Change, a movie based on the book about the 2008 campaign in which Julianne Moore plays Palin. Palin has no comment.
Grievance: The liberal media (or the mall or someone) doesn't love Christian traditions enough. Palin posted her Christmas greeting on Facebook Thursday, but it wasn't entirely full of holiday cheer:
My family and I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I offer this to all because Christmas is a holiday for all, whether you are a Christian believer or not. The message of Christmas is full of hope, peace, joy, and the fellowship of all mankind; so I find it amazing that every year we hear more accounts of a ramped up "war on Christmas."
Note the correct use of scare quotes. Poor Palin has been reduced from anti-Obama warrior to a soldier in the fake war on Christmas. But at least she gets a teeny-tiny cameo on third-tier candidate Rick Santorum's new TV ad.