Sarah Palin Reads Vanity Fair, Resigns as Governor

Illustration by Risko for Vanity Fair.

Even the woman in the red dress who told candidate McCain at a town hall campaign gathering in 2008 she thought Obama ‘was an Arab’ should be able see past Palin’s lip gloss, if she reads the VF article.

By Larry Ray / The Rag Blog / July 3, 2009

Sarah Louise Palin, erratic governor of Alaska and the G.O.P.’s 2008 Vice Presidential candidate, must have felt more than just the heat that is melting the glaciers in her state. She announced her resignation one day before all the real Fourth of July fireworks, from her Wasilla, Alaska home.

I read Todd S. Purdum’s tell-all article, “It Came From Wasilla” just two days ago in the August 2009 issue of Vanity Fair. Purdum’s article was more than telling. It was prophetic. The title could now be “It Never Really Left Wasilla.”

The article carefully documents Palin from all sides, including inside stories now being told by top McCain campaign staff about Palin’s petulant meltdown as a serious candidate. She dazzled the eager conservative base like a master magician during her brief stage appearances, but a look behind the curtain discloses a small town, clueless lightweight former beauty queen whose life, Purdum notes, “has sometimes played out like an unholy amalgam of Desperate Housewives and Northern Exposure.”

The Vanity Fair article is, well, fair. It definitely is not a superficial whack job. It is so on target, and so well documented that one has to wonder if it is more than coincidence that she decided to fold up her political tent. After Vanity Fair, she can expect a steady barrage of even deeper investigative reporting if she decides to run for anything other than head of her church’s glossolalia discussion committee.

Will she leave politics, or will she run for a U.S. Senate seat or the Presidency? Cable TV is having a field day. Interestingly, Palin’s timing in announcing her resignation evidences her utter lack of understanding of the fine points of making political news. Millions of Americans are traveling, taking holiday vacations to visit family and friends. And after the nonstop weekend news coverage of fireworks, parades and celebration of American Independence, constant news coverage immediately shifts to the Michael Jackson memorial free for all in Los Angeles through the end of the following week.

Palin has reportedly gotten a sizeable advance for a book contract. She has chosen a senior writer for conservative Christian World magazine as her co-author. But if you can’t wait for her book to come out, I suggest you grab a copy of Vanity Fair for a more sober look at the real Sarah Louise Palin.

Vanity Fair also has strong presence on the web where you may also read the article.

Even the woman in the red dress who told candidate McCain at a town hall campaign gathering in 2008 she thought Obama “was an Arab” should be able see past Palin’s lip gloss, if she reads the VF article.

[Retired journalist Larry Ray is a Texas native and former Austin television news anchor. He also posts at The iHandbill.]

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4 Responses to Sarah Palin Reads Vanity Fair, Resigns as Governor

  1. Now she’ll have time to seek out Bullwinkle and blow his brains out.

    She’ll have time to practice up on her half-court shots for 3 points.

    She’ll have time to figure out what kids she’s really given birth to and to watch over the rest of her brood so there won’t be any more out-of-wedlock munchkins.

    She’ll make sure she no longer has any ‘conflict of interest’, so she can run around shooting her guns and her mouth off, with her continued idiotic and ridiculous remarks – she might become an HOA manager in an upscale trailer park where she can drink a few beers and brag about what a ‘free-thinking spirit’ she is and how happy the state of Alaska must be to finally be rid of her!

    Now maybe hubby can join up with some oil company; make a few bucks while Palin kills a few bucks.

    Then again, she might have a gig going with North Korea and their plans to shoot some missiles – rumored to hit Hawaii, but instead landing right in the middle of an Alaska oil field.

    Since she had an affair with her husband’s partner, maybe she’ll announce she’s joining a few other Republicans for a reunion in Argentina – much warmer than freezing your butt off in ‘Alaska but I won’t tell’……..

  2. Bowler says:

    she probably got tired of all the attention; maybe she’s not cut out to be a celebrity after all

  3. Mariann says:

    She has a major book deal in the works, and I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say we will soon hear of her being signed to host a national teevee or radio program (maybe with Nancy Grace, snark, snark!). Tired of the attention? Tired of the criticism, more like! She wants to have her cake and eat it, too. And if you wonder who is her natural constituency outside of Alaska, take a look at the “Tea Party” gatherings that dotted the country over the week-end. She’s not cut out for the Republican Party; I absolutely agree with that, but much as I wish we had seen the last of her, I don’t believe it for one little minute. Look for her to emerge as an icon for the “nonpartisan taxpayer revolt” now firmly ensconced on our national agenda – but with a lot more professional shielding of herself and her family.

  4. ramonjulio says:

    Sarah Palin is the quintessential rodeo clown. The only reason the Republicans placed her on the ticket was to the distract attention from Grandpa McCain who is two steps from the grave. The best thing she could do is crawl back into her igloo and disappear.
    Why is is that all of these self proclaimed pundits the likes of O’Reily keep defending this pathetic excuse for a woman.

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