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Posted at 5:16 PM ET, 02/24/2011

Sarah Palin heads to India?

By Alexandra Petri

We may never know who Lou Sarah was or why she only had twelve friends. All trace of this rogue pro-Palin Facebook page has vanished, in spite of all the blissful hours Lou Sarah spent poking me and suggesting I rewatch Sarah Palin's Alaska "for the subtleties."

But now the real Sarah is going to India. She'll feel at home - "India is just Indiana with less sodium," she'll quip, or maybe not.

But what is she doing there?

Well, she's giving a dinner keynote address, or whatever the Sarah Palin approximation of a keynote address is.

She's listed as one of many "incredible speakers" and follows in the footsteps of James Cameron. This makes sense; both are creators of fantasy worlds where heavily armed Real Americans sort of try to show the blue-state tree-huggers who's really boss, and neither has much gift for dialogue.

Still, I'm excited. Given that her primary foreign policy credential before this was that Tina Fey said she could see Russia from her house, it's great that she's adding another notch to the ol' passport belt. Before, she'd only been to Ireland, Kuwait, and Canada; now, she's slowly trekking across the globe, with plans to visit Stately English Statesperson Margaret Thatcher, who counts for eight countries, in the coming year.

Her speech is called "My Vision of America."

If this were a dream someone was telling you, you would be annoyed at how convoluted it was. "Sarah Palin is going to India to deliver a speech to Indian political leaders about her Vision of America?" you would ask. "What? Why?" She is the only American political figure attending, which to some people indicates that there are no American political figures attending.

Still, she's like plutonium - not something I want to let out of the country and release near Pakistan. Especially not at anything identified as a Conclave.

I still fail to understand what she's doing there. The other speakers at this event? India's Prime Minister and Nobel Prize-winner Mohammed ElBaradei. One of these things is not quite like the others. It's not that I'm one of those people who would gladly pay $100,000 for Sarah Palin not to address me. But I don't know who thought she was a logical pick. Although now that Lou Sarah is off Facebook, maybe it's the only way to connect.

By Alexandra Petri  | February 24, 2011; 5:16 PM ET
Tags:  Sarah Palin, oops  
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Hasn't Washington Post officially proclaimed that February to be Palin-free month ???

"Sorry, we lie. Again. And again.... Suckers !!! ha,ha,ha,ha....." - Washington Post.

Posted by: skponggol | February 24, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Well, the thing is: Lisa Murkowski wasn't invited to deliver a keynote address to a gathering of international heavy-hitters in the vast, diverse, exotic nation of India. Neither was Kathy Griffin or Katie Couric; but Gov. Sarah Palin was invited. Now, that's gotta make effete liberals spill bean-sprout lattes all over their Birkenstocks.

Posted by: bubbasouth | February 24, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

For the first time in her life, Palin will leave our continent in pursuit of spreading her insane and violent rhetoric to another part of the world. What impression will the most vane and vile political figure of our time leave on the people of India? You can see my portrait and commentary on the effects of her absurd ranting on my artist’s blog at

Posted by: dregstudios | February 24, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

This article is very insulting to the Indian people as well as to all Asian people.

What so funny about Sarah Palin delivering her vision of America to the Indian people ? Are you saying that the Indian people are unworthy to know about her vision ? Are you saying that she should deliver her vision to the white man European rather than those "subhuman" Indians ?

When Palin visited Hong Kong, the American liberal journalists mocked her. When Palin visited Haiti, the American journalists mocked her again. Now the American journalists mocked her even more as she plans to visit India to share her American Dream.

Why ???

Is it because she gives priority to the Asians than the white Europeans ? Is it because she fails to visit Europe first ? Like Barack Obama who, before he became US President, had obediently and slavishly visited the superior European capitals, kowtowed to those white rulers and licked their white backside.

Why are you so looking down on the Chinese, Haitians and Indians ? Why do you think that the "worthless" Indians are only worthy of "incredible" speaker like James Cameron ?

Why do you think that Barack Obama by visiting white European rulers is furnishing his foreign policy credentials ? Why do think that the Chinese, Haitians and Indians will not help Palin's foreign policy credentials ? Are we Asians so worthless in the eyes of you bunch of racist American liberal journalists ?

Don't forget the Indian Prime Mininister and Egypt future President who is also the Nobel Peace Prize winner would also be there. Are they also eqaully worthless in your white eyes.

You better wake up from your Neanderthal racist dreams. The era of Asians has arrived. Sarah Palin, by giving us the recognition that we so long deserved, earns our respect and admiration.

Elitist snobs like you and Obama will be very annoyed for Palin to come to a "barbaric" place like India and will continue to ask such racist insulting questions:

- "What? Why? She is the only American political figure attending, which to some people indicates that there are no American political figures attending."

This is something beyond your paygrade.

Posted by: cxyehonala | February 24, 2011 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey Bubba, last time I checked, neither Murkowski, Griffin, nor Couric were considering running for President. Griffin and Couric aren't even politicians, for crying out loud. I'm no "effete Liberal" (way to treat your opponents respectfully), but Palin doesn't deserve the honorific "Gov." since she resigned the position.

The thing is, $ista $arah probably thinks she is going over there to increase her standing among "Native Americans."

Posted by: DCSucks | February 24, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

The truth is, Sarah Palin likes herself and it shows. She's an oddity for sure. Her undeniable zest for life in a culture of death makes her especially dangerous and foreign to the cultivators of cynicism and political power.

Palin, as a palpable symbol of American exceptionalism, comes on to the world stage at precisely the time America's greatness is being challenged from all sides. Along with the millions of real conservatives that have rallied around her message, Sarah Palin's mere existence portends a major shift away from covert and corrupt politics toward a restored vision of real hope.

Posted by: QuineGeology | February 24, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the indian media has already caught on and are trying to understand what the point of this is. Here's a blog about her visit and compares her too Miss South Carolina quite effectively...

Posted by: ashsapcan | February 24, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Besides all the Palin jokes that write themselves-there's something grotesque about this paid Palin extravaganza.
The World Bank estimates that 80% of Indians live on less
than two dollars per day.
A third of the world's poor reside in India.
Palin taking $ 100,000 to deliver her usual word salad in one of the poorest countries on the globe is offensive.
This makes her look desperate for money and equally pathetic if she thinks a single paid speech gives her foreign policy credentials.
If Palin was going to minister to the poor in Calcutta like Mother Teresa , that would be different.
What good did she accomplish with her photo op junket to Haiti besides using Franklin Graham's charity ?
If she wanted to help Haiti , she could have quietly volunteered to clear rubble or help the sick and injured after the quake.
And if she really wanted to deliver a speech about America, she could have done it at CPAC.
For free.

Posted by: CaptainKarl | February 24, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

This was a deeply pathetic and insulting column, Petri. Why didn't you just leave well enough alone and allow Milbank to get through February without having let the word "Palin" cross his lips?

This column was both puerile and childish. You wonder why the Post isn't trusted by Republicans? Your column is Exhibit "A".

Posted by: section9 | February 24, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey Alexandra, does Dana have his hand up your backside, working you like his puppet so that he can still claim he hasn't mentioned Palin all month?

If you actually had a little bit of talent, you would notice that both Clintons, Al Gore, and a host of others have all addressed this conclave in past years. YOu would also notice that Romney, Huckabee, Pawlenty, Gingrich etc., have never been invited.

Now, you can take Dan's hand out of your ass.

Posted by: gatshanson1 | February 24, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Global leadership lectures in India? Sarah Palin isn't qualified to teach local leadership in Alaska.

Thomas Chi

Posted by: ThomasChi | February 25, 2011 1:00 AM | Report abuse

In the eyes of American liberal journalists racist, only people like Al Gore and Hollywood megastars can talk to the Indian people.

To talk about what ? Not about global leadership. Not to share with them their Vision of America as the Indian people are deemed below their exorbitant paygrade.

No, they come here to talk and preach about global warming. To tell and lecture the Indian people and all Asian people to pay carbon tax and follow the liberal legislated environmental regulations.

The American racists are the one who destroy the environment, and then they have the cheek and audacity to sneak to Asia and demand us to pay the damage. WTF! You break it, you fix it. Don't expect us to pay a single cent or clean your racist backside.

Worse, liberals racists like Al Gore are merely using environmental hoax to stifle economic growth of Asian countries and to implement their protectionist policies against the us. They want the poor people of Asia to pay a hefty carbon tax to bailout the American bankrupt economy so that liberals like Al Gore , Obama and his Hollywood racist buddies can enjoy more extravagant lifestyle to further destroy the environment.

One hundred years ago, the white man came to Asia and con us to surrender our freedom and money in return for their so-called humanity and civiliastion. Now, their decendents snake-oil salesman sneak to Asia yet again and try to promise us that they can save the world and planet if we were to give them our hard-earned money. Con me once, shame on you. Con me twice, shame on me.

Posted by: cxyehonala | February 25, 2011 3:08 AM | Report abuse

"try to show the blue-state tree-huggers who's really boss"

This is a witty sentence, but in 2005 "tree-hugging blue-state" CA received $0.79 fed funding for each $1 paid in fed tax, while AK got $1.84 for each $1 paid. Tea Partiers should be aware of this. CA (and other "blue" states) would be better off using the difference of funding to close state budget gaps. AK has oil revenue and shouldn't need any fed funding.

Posted by: chris76543 | February 25, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I also wonder who invited Sarah to India (and why). She has nothing of interest to say to them - the only in line with her "policies"/related to India is US jobs should stay in the US and not be outsourced to India. I don't think the India people care about soccer moms, caribou hunting, halibut clubbing, her kids, Todd, how Obama is messing up (India's doing fine with current US policy), or any of the usual Palinian buzzwords of one-liners.

I really think she got invited to India for the same reason she got invited to the LI businessman's luncheon - as a sex object. Perhaps she'll wear Peg Bundy's leopard print shoes - she BETTER NOT wear cow print shoes.

Posted by: chris76543 | February 25, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Well, that's one person's commentary on the invitation. I doubt the guest list is uppermost for the majority of India's citizens. I could be wrong, of course.

Posted by: Skowronek | February 25, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Ricky Gervais already sent Karl to India. Why do we need another idiot abroad?

Posted by: HeroinBob | February 25, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Sheen, will you please talk some sense into you're "new" girlfriend.(Palin) She's ruining your chance for the 2012 election!

Posted by: ContemptB4Investigation | February 25, 2011 12:26 PM | Report abuse

BOY -can this woman make money !! SP is amazing---wow

Posted by: bulldogss | February 25, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

She thinks she is going to a reservation.

Posted by: edanddot | February 25, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The Conclave in New Delhi is run by a newspaper. As she told Katie Couric, Mrs. Palin reads them all.

Posted by: MikeLicht | February 26, 2011 12:10 AM | Report abuse

her vision???? OMG she lives in Beckganistan and the netherworlds. I hope India doesn't think she speaks for the American people....

Posted by: bayroad22 | February 26, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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