The Sarah Palin Show Set To Premiere On Fox News?

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has just announced that she will not seek reelection. Even more surprising, she also says that she will be resigning from the office that she has held for less than one term.

Were this merely a politician choosing not to run again, there could be several explanations including, most likely, an intention to run for higher office. But the resignation throws that theory right out the window. Either she has some serious scandal about to erupt, or she got an offer from Rupert Murdoch.

The timing is suspect as well. It seems like an odd choice to make a significant statement like this on the day before the fourth of July. Especially when competing with other sensational stories like Michael Jackson and Gov. Sanford. Why couldn’t this have waited a week? Fridays are generally considered to be news graveyards – where stories go to die. Why make an announcement that has any positive content at a time usually reserved for bad news? Could it have anything to do with the fact that many of the opinion-casters are on vacation this week? Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, even Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are not around to comment. Coincidence?

Remember, she was a sportscaster before going into politics. She studied journalism in college (but must have forgotten much of it because she couldn’t tell Katie Couric a single newspaper that she read). And her appeal in last year’s campaign was mostly connected to her alleged personality – it certainly wasn’t her experience or intelligence. Since folks like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity have proven that those qualities are irrelevant to a career as a Fox pundit, Palin may believe that now is the time to cash in. Her resignation speech even included a reference to the $500,000 dollars in debt that she has accumulated defending herself against criminal and ethics complaints. So it’s fair to say that she could use the money a broadcasting job would provide.

A Palin show on Fox News has always been a good fit for both her and Fox. Neither have an interest in, or reputation for, honesty or accuracy. And both have profited from exploiting controversy and sex. Plus, she wouldn’t be the first potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate with a show on Fox, would she, Mike Huckabee?

What more could Fox ask for than a former beauty queen who cheerfully calls the President a Socialist who pals around with terrorists? And what more could Palin ask for than a network gig that allows her to spew nonsense and practice her fancy pageant walkin’?

[Update 7/4/09] got around to reporting the Palin news with a story mainly cribbed from the AP. In addressing Palin’s future they wrote…

…she will have a variety of potential platforms, from writing books to hitting the public speaking circuit to working directly with the Republican Party to get candidates elected.

In the process, she’ll also have the ability to make a lot of money — far more than the $125,000 or so a year she has earned as governor. She already had a deal with publisher HarperCollins to produce her memoirs, with publication planned for next spring.

They left a couple things out of that report. First, they failed to mention the possibility of a role on Fox News. Second, they didn’t think it worthy to note that HarperCollins is owned by Murdoch’s News Corp.


13 thoughts on “The Sarah Palin Show Set To Premiere On Fox News?

  1. More information on “grassroots” supporters gathering across the nation to support Sarah Palin for President in 2012 can be found online at

    Note, the website is in danger of crashing due to the flood of readers and supporters signing up to show their interest in a Palin Candidacy. The GOP establishment had better watch out, Sarah Palin and Ron Paul combined with the power of the internet will remove the stranglehold of GOP special interests and the elites who have brought the party to its knees in defeat in the 2008 elections.

    • Go Palin! I am praying for a Palin/Steele ticket in 2012. But I’m pretty sure that her boneheaded move today puts an end to that dream.

      A Palin candidacy would guarantee a second term for Obama. At this point, it looks like any Republican would guarantee a second term for Obama. Ensign’s out. Sanford’s out. Palin’s out. Jindal’s weird. Gingrich was never in. Romney…yeah, that’s the ticket. Or maybe Huckabee.

      None of them could win anyway. Especially after Obama has marched the country to Socialism and declared himself president for life. I probably shouldn’t joke about that. There are too many idiot rightists who really believe it.

  2. Mark: have you read Kristol’s Weekly Standard assessment? It could make for another hilarious post.

  3. Don’tcha think that FOX/Palin fair and unbalanced news would be a great match? I mean all she would need is a prompter and a wardrobe. She wouldn’t really have to know much, or have any background on any “real” news since FOX doesn’t really go there. And I hear she can see the FOX News headquarters from Alaska.

  4. Shepard Smith out, Sarah Palin in?
    You betcha!

  5. How many lawyers, read liars, did the democrat ba…..s send to Alaska to dig up trouble for Sarah? They were not a successful bunch of moroons…..nothing stuck, it was ALL LIES…..I love it !!!! Rob K

  6. I suspect that living up in Alaska must have truly addled Sarah Palins mind. That speech of hers was one of the most rambling, confusing piece of drivel I’ve ever heard. I couldn’t believe someone could be that disjointed in their statements. She’s this years equivalent of Dan Quayle. I wonder if she had her meds that day.

  7. She won all her ethics battles so now its time to quit…to spare the state the distraction of…(what?)

    I like that in her speech she said that only a quitter wouldn’t quit.

    Her other rationalization was that she didn’t want to be a lame duck Governor for 18 months. Maybe ALL lame duck politicians should resign.

    But, to use a sports analogy – do basketball coaches with a poor record 2/3 the way through the season resign if they believe their contract won’t be renewed? How does that “serve” the team???

    If you look back at her involvement with the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission she resigned there as well. Again there was no good (apparent) reason. The ethics violations that were being investigated then were already under way and the associated member (Republican Party of Alaska chairman Randy Ruedrich) had already resigned from the Commission – three months earlier.

    Oh well, onward and upward. Best wishes to you Sarah. Maybe she could spend some time working as a community organizer. Perhaps she could learn to let go of some of her moral elitism too.

  8. Go Girl,
    these nay sayers still believe that Katie Couric is to be followed. Those believers are in the dark and I support you all the way. And by the way speaking of experiance in any offiice or employment, has anyone looked at Obama, he has no experiance in any field with the exception of dislike for america.Now you know where Michelle got her ideals from………….

    • Yes! Go Sarah. It is my fervent wish that she remain in politics. There is simply no better source for comedy in public life today. Coming in a close second are her supporters.

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