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RingsideSeat: Sarah Palin and Gay Marriage

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  • Ed Pearl
    Palin is on Fox & Friends now? They must have had a meeting and said, Who is the one person in the world who could make this show dumber? -- Bill Maher,
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 21, 2013
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      "Palin is on Fox & Friends now? They must have had a meeting and said,
      'Who is the one person in the world who could make this show dumber?' "
      -- Bill Maher, in a Tweet
      On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 7:20 PM, Tommy News <tommysnews@...> wrote:
      RingsideSeat: Sarah Palin and Gay Marriage

      THE FOX YOU RODE IN ON

      A few years ago, people joked that Fox News was running a jobs program
      for has-been, hoping-to-be-again Republican politicians dreaming of
      defeating Barack Obama in 2012. Among the personalities employed by
      the network during Obama's first term were Newt Gingrich, Rick
      Santorum, Mike Huckabee, and of course, Sarah Palin. Palin had the
      best deal by far: a $1 million a year salary, a studio built in her
      house so she wouldn't have to go anywhere, and a schedule of
      appearances so relaxed that she ended up getting paid more than $15
      for every word she uttered on the air.
      And the thing of it was, she was terrible at it. She's always had some
      talents, but speaking extemporaneously on current affairs is most
      assuredly not among them. After one too many halting, inarticulate
      appearances on Hannity and The O'Reilly Factor, Roger Ailes quite
      reasonably cut her loose at the beginning of this year.

      Yet just a few months later, she's back. Fox has rehired Palin, lest
      the world be deprived of her insights for any longer. One can only
      imagine the concessions Ailes extracted from her (who knows, maybe
      she's paying him to let her get in front of a camera). To which we
      say, thank heavens. We'll admit we missed her, and there is truly no
      one in American life quite like Sarah Palin. What other politician
      would resign halfway through her first term, and proudly proclaim that
      doing the job she was elected to do would be "the quitter's way out"?
      Who else is so desperate to engage in public beefs with somebody,
      anybody? (Right now it's Bill Maher, but in the past she has created
      protracted feuds with the likes of David Letterman and the estimable
      Levi Johnston.) Who else brings that magical combination of
      self-regard and resentment at the elitists keeping her down?

      So welcome back, Sarah. Don't ever change.
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