Oprah Winfrey's much-anticipated interview with Sarah Palin aired yesterday, featuring the former vice presidential candidate's musings on politics, pregnancies, and porn. Speaking about her handlers on the campaign trail with John McCain, Palin said, "If I were to respond to a reporter's questions very candidly, honestly -- for instance, they say, 'What do you think about the campaign pulling out of Michigan?' And I think, 'Darn, I wish we weren't. Every vote matters. Can't wait to get back to Michigan,' and then told afterwards that, 'Oh, you screwed up. You went rogue on us, Sarah.'"
On resigning from her governorship in July: "It was a point where my state, the state that I so dearly love -- it is my home, it is where I will be buried. My state of Alaska was being hampered by my presence there, being shackled behind a governor's desk. I wasn't able to get out there and talk about issues that were important to me, or an ethics violation would be filed."
On her daughter Bristol's pregnancy: "If we had been given that allowance to deal with the issue in a more productive way, we perhaps could have sent a better message about "this is not to be glamorized." It's not to be emulated. It is a tough, tough challenge, and it is a problem in America, so let's try to deal with it." Palin also touched on her own struggles when pregnant with Trig, to the point when abortion crossed her mind. "It was easy to understand why a woman would feel that it's easier to just do away with some less-than-ideal circumstances, to do away with the problem," she said.
And although Levi is invited to Thanksgiving dinner, Palin said she might have to call him a different name: "I hear he goes by the name Ricky Hollywood now. So if that's the case, we don't want to mess up his gig he's got going. Kind of this aspiring--aspiring porn, some of the things that he's doing. It's kind of heartbreaking."
By the way, John McCain himself says the $50,000 bill Palin was so appalled the campaign wouldn't pay was for the "Troopergate" scandal and NOT for vetting her.
Conservative Rich Lowry: "Harry Truman gave them hell. Sarah Palin gives them agita… It's September 2008 all over again. All the same players are lining up to put a good hate on Palin. She's like an isotope designed to course throughout our politics and culture, lighting up press bias, self-congratulatory liberalism, Christianity-hating secularism and intellectual condescension wherever they are found."
But the Boston Globe's editorial page doesn't hold back: Palin "claims victim status for herself. Her narrative requires that she be a neophyte in perpetual war with the political pros. Kicked around by the vicious media (for her family!), straitjacketed by the McCain campaign, forced to wear fancy duds, Palin is the Pitiful Pearl of her tale. This would all be fascinating if it were reality TV, not reality politics. 'Going Rogue' has the audacity to disguise its attempt to launder Palin's image as an exercise in truth-telling. People who are disgusted with Washington, who yearn for an authentic outsider, should take their business elsewhere."