In an interview on Laura Ingraham's radio show this morning, Sarah Palin prattled on about a number of things. The host set the tone of the conversation when she stated at the outset that Republicans were out to "knee-cap" Palin and were "afraid" of her. Ingraham played a number of clips of Republicans laughing at Palin and telling her where to stay. Barbara Bush, former First Lady, told Larry King that Palin ought to "stay in Alaska."
At one point, Palin laid the blame for the economy's problems on the Bushs, who, she said, had played a role in "the economic policies that were in place that got us into these economic woeful times." Even if she was only speaking of the first President Bush, he continued the policies of his predecessor, Ronald Reagan. Of course, the second George Bush continued those policies, too -- on steroids. Handed a budget surplus by his predecessor, Bill Clinton, the adminstration of the second Bush racked-up trillions of dollars in debt and was responsible for the near collapse of the economy in 2008.
Palin talked a lot. At one point, she complained that Republicans criticizing her are trying to thwart the will of the people. That's akin to her fallacious belief that anyone criticizing her is restricting her First Amendment rights. She complained that the First Lady's interest in nutrition amounts to telling the people what to eat. It is as though Palin is completely unaware that one of the hallmarks of leadership is setting an example and encouraging people to do the right thing.
If Ingraham is a Palin supporter, she may well regret this interview.
Politico's Ben Smith has a partial transcript and audio, here. CBS has a story, too, with audio.
Here is the interview:
After listening to Sarah Palin, it isn't difficult to understand why Republicans have told her to "sit down and shut up," and now we have the matriarch of the clan telling her to "stay in Alaska."
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