At 72, John McCain likely had his last campaign this week but Palin is just starting. And, according to many on the right, Sarah Palin's future in politics is bright.
Although Palin hasn't specifically outlined her future political aspirations, in a post-election People Magazine interview she said, "I am neither bitter nor vanquished, but very confident in the knowledge that there will be another day."
Perhaps this explains the contrasting styles McCain and Palin have exhibited since leaving the campaign trail.
Unlike McCain who hasn't been in the news much since election night, Sarah Palin continues to make herself available to the press. In a piece by ABC News reporters Imtiyaz Delawala and Bret Hovell, McCain and Palin have taken two very different paths as they've gone their separate ways.
In contrasting the two, the reporters noted their departures as they left the Arizona Biltmore Hotel where McCain gave his concession speech. Wrote Delawala and Hovel, "McCain drove himself in his own gold Toyota Sequoia SUV". . . while "Palin left the Arizona Biltmore hotel Wednesday afternoon in a motorcade stretching more than a dozen vehicles, flanked by a dozen more cops on motorcycles."
While this difference in style may or may not support the "diva" characterizations of Palin that have come out of the McCain camp in the past week, it might lead some to wonder if the other damaging "leaks" from the McCain have some basis in fact.
In a televised report on Fox, Carl Cameron of Fox News gave a scathing report of the tensions within the McCain/Palin campaign.
Of course, Palin's lack of knowledge on domestic and foreign policy was obvious to anyone watching the Palin / Couric interviews. However, according to Cameron, McCain staffers claim that Palin's knowledge gap was much worse than what was evidenced in those interviews. For example, they claim she did not know that Africa was a continent nor could she name all of the countries in the North American continent. Cameron went on to say the staffers claimed she also lacked basic civics knowledge of governmental structure.
For most of us who were glued to the campaign, Palin was an unknown. We sought information anywhere we could find it but had a hard time finding much.Although there were few reports from Alaska circulating during the presidential campaign, there was one from Anne Kilkenny who claimed to have known Palin for many years. Kilkenny's essay paints Palin as an opportunist with no real position on anything. She called Palin, “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness." Kilkenny also emphasized, more than once that Palin is vindictive.
In an interview conducted by Charley James, Lucy a waitress who served Palin confirmed that she had heard Palin make a pretty nasty statment. Then there were the reports from the McCain camp of Palin's temper tantrums and verbal attacks on some staffers that brought them to tears. Based on these allegations, both Anne Kilkenney and Lucy the Waitress aren't likely to be happy that Palin is returning to Alaska.We'll see what the future holds for Palin. Depending on the outcome of Ted Steven's appeal, there could be a lot more drama stirred up in "The Last Frontier" in the near furture.
Stay tuned. . . . . . .
by Sharon Kyle
Sharon Kyle is the Publisher of the LA Progressive.