Not only was Sarah Palin not invited to the Republican Shindig in Tampa, but the Huffington Post reports that Fox News cancelled *all* the appearances of Our Lady of Petulant Facebook Posts on Wednesday night. Palin posted her feelings about that to Facebook (natch):
[Palin] said she was miffed that she wasn’t getting a chance to laud John McCain, who is also speaking tonight. She posted a picture of the two of them, along with a statement:
I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight. Granted, our honored and esteemed war hero has gone through much more than the liberal media can ever do to him in their efforts to harm this patriot. I look forward to hearing his words to his fellow Americans tonight more than any of the other convention speeches. God bless John McCain. Thank you for everything. And happy birthday, my friend.
[...] Fox News responded to Palin with a statement by Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming, that was sent to Mediaite: “Our plans changed based on the fact that the RNC condensed the schedule of speeches from four nights to three. We look forward to having Governor Palin back as soon as we can.”
In other words: don’t go away mad, Sarah. Just go away.
It’s cute they still like to call her “Governor” Palin, as if people will forget she quit that job halfway through. Sarah’s 15 minutes are over — it’s Romney-Ryan’s Fox News / GOP now.
UPDATE! Fox “News” capitulated to the Facebook screed within 24 hours, and had Sarah on for her special blend of expert analysis (without all the pesky commas and periods) on Thursday night. New glasses and everything!
She wants Romney-Ryan to apologize for voting for things that she’s (now) against: “Well, that is when a mea culpa comes in quite handy and everyone who voted for TARP and stimulus, and the six trillion dollars additional in debt that we hand to our kids and grandkids to have to pay off, which totals now $16 trillion in debt by growing government these last four years under Obama, now everybody needs say, ‘hey, I’m sorry man, for voting for that, sorry for supporting these bailouts and the Cash for Clunkers and all these goofy programs where centralized government planners tried to plan our economy and they failed.’”
Let’s recall how The Savior of the Teapeoples viewed federal money as a mayor and a governor of Alaska before she became one-half of Team Maverick, then quit her day job to become a one season reality star and Fox News political analyst:
Boston Herald: Palin for ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ before she was against it – Also mentioned elsewhere on this site, she didn’t sell the previous governor’s plane on eBay. It was listed a few times, but no one bought it. Ultimately, state officials sold it at a $600,000 loss. Politico.com – As mentioned elsewhere on this site, she was in favor of the “bridge to nowhere” before it become a national embarrassment; then she turned against it. But guess what? She kept the money, and spent it on other road projects (including the “road to the bridge to nowhere”, which currently leads up to an empty beach). Gov. Palin’s claim comes with a serious caveat. She endorsed the multimillion dollar project during her gubernatorial race in 2006. And while she did take part in stopping the project after it became a national scandal, she did not return the federal money. She just allocated it elsewhere. ”We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge,” Gov. Palin said in August 2006, according to the local newspaper, “and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that’s so negative.”
The Political Chase – Palin Hired Lobbyist to Get Millions in Earmarks – When she was first elected mayor of Wasilla, the town was debt-free. When she left, the town had $20 million in debt. Palin, who portrays herself as a fiscal conservative, racked up nearly $20 million in long-term debt as mayor of the tiny town of Wasilla —that amounts to $3,000 per resident. She argues that the debt was needed to fund improvements. Washington Post – Palin Billed State for Nights Spent at Home – She talks about being opposed to federal pork-barrel spending. But as mayor of Wasilla, she hired a lobbyist who raked in $27 million in federal dollars for the town of 6,700 residents. (That’s $4029 of our taxes given to each Wasillan.) A $1.9 million transportation hub and $15 million for a rail project in a town with 6,700 residents? How many small town mayors are getting funding from the feds for projects like that?
Alaska is the ultimate welfare state: it receives more federal tax dollars than any other state in the union. It gives its residents handouts, thanks to a windfall profits tax on oil (a tax supported by Obama and opposed by McCain!). Sarah Palin has been at the forefront of making all of this happen.