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Sarah Palin gets in the game

In one of the hilarious "Saturday Night Live" send-ups of Sarah Palin, Tina Fey -- playing the then-vice presidential candidate -- says, "If I'm not going to the White House I'm either running in four years or I'm going to be a white Oprah."

With today's announcement that Palin has signed on with Fox News Channel, the former Alaska governor is potentially on her way to achieving that goal. As The Post's Howard Kurtz notes, Palin will be able to take her Facebook floggings of political opponents (and Levi Johnston) to a much bigger platform.

Doing TV, Palin will learn how to think on her feet. She should get used to getting to the studio thinking that she's going to talk about one thing only to find out that she's talking about something else. She'll learn how to debate other people in a forum with no real ground rules. And if Palin gets boffo ratings with her occasional specials on people in what she might call the "real America," we can expect to see her star rise.

On "60 Minutes" last night, Steve Schmidt, chief strategist to the McCain-Palin campaign, who has no love for Palin, said that he noticed that she didn't seem fazed when he told her that her selection as McCain's vice presidential running mate would make her one of the most famous people on the planet. When he said to her, "You don't seem nervous at all about this," she replied, "No, it's God's plan."

Fox News Channel founder and President Roger Ailes isn't god. But considering his proven ability to turn a diamond in the rough into ratings gold, it's only a matter of time before Palin is using her amassed loot to give away cars to her studio audience.

By Jonathan Capehart  | January 11, 2010; 4:03 PM ET
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On television, Palin will not be able to continue to hid the "real Pali". I wonder if we will like the real Palin.....sorry but I'm already bored with her. She presents nothing new. Oh well...

Posted by: lindarc | January 11, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Palin won't learn anything "new" because she already believes she knows everything. With her IFB firmly in place, Palin will have a producer whispering in her ear, a supportive cast of GOP talking heads who will make her verbal mincemeat in to something palatable. One can only hope for comedy gold: "And when Putin rears his head, where do you think they go?"

Posted by: jade_7243 | January 11, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Didn't know the causes of WWI and WWII
DIdn't know why N.Korea and S. Korea were split
Repeatedly stated that Sadaam Hussein was behind 911
Doesn't know who her son is going to fight in Iraq
Thought Africa was a country
Couldn't name anything she read
Couldn't explain the Bush doctrine

and more...

All this coming from the people who worked closely with her and were trying to get her elected!


Posted by: JRM2 | January 11, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Palin is a joke, quite a good fit at Fox I'd say.

Posted by: ronhar123 | January 11, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

So Palin is joining the very "media elite" she always loves to bash at every opportunity? The "chattering class" whose sole purpose in life is to criticize every move of a certain individual (the president)?

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 11, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Capehart is absolutely obsessed with Sarah Palin. Is is possibly because he knows that writing about Palin is the only way people are going to read his work?

Keep in mind that Palin is no longer an elected official. Writing about her at this point is tabloid journalism, which is unfortunately what the Washington Post considers hard-nose reporting these days.

Posted by: diehardlib | January 11, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Perfect!!! A job that doesn't require any substantive knowledge!

Posted by: Tracy4 | January 11, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to "Sarah Braylin say'n' nothin'".
I believe it is God's will that I don't watch Fox News....Thank you God!

Posted by: carmiger | January 11, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

If anyone expects Palin to engage in substantive debates live, they're in a for a disappointment. Fox News is trying to build a Presidential Candidate out of Palin. What they'll do is give her scripted taped appearances that they will edit to death before airing them. Her fans on Fox News may think that she's polished but would be oblivious to the fact that the format is rigged in Palin's favor.

Posted by: ATLGuy | January 11, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

As a journalist, I couldn't be more delighted. Ms. Palin's unsophisticated rantings and malapropisms are sure to produce some hilarious stories. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will retire at 45.

Posted by: goeagles1 | January 11, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Cute. Been-nowhere- done-nothing pantywaists like Capehart and his potted- plant Howie Kurtz forget that Palin has a journalism degree; unlike either of them, has actually been employed as a broadcaster in the past; and given a venue that is not heavily edited by her enemies, she is good. As you all will soon discover, to your distress.

Posted by: hinckleybuzzard | January 11, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Oh, she's going to be good, all right.

Posted by: goeagles1 | January 11, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Friends don't let friends watch Fox "news"!!

Posted by: rsampson02 | January 11, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much they're charging her.

Posted by: jpk1 | January 11, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

A great description of Ailes and the Fox News phenomenon in the New York Times over the weekend. The analysis:

“Like Richard Nixon, like Spiro Agnew, Fox News can never see itself as the attacker,” he said. “They are always playing defense because they believe they are always under attack, which attracts people that have the same personality formation. By bringing that mind-set, plus the high energy seamless stream of the aggression of talk radio, he has found an audience.”

Spot on. Palin sure fits into their model. I'll be interested to see how her ratings hold up and how she is used. I have to admit I won't watch her, but she shouldn't get all huffy about me be elitist in that way.... I don't watch any pundit shows or network TV.

Posted by: steveboyington | January 11, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

People are really tired of KATIE cute.
Palin must loose that Cattie Couric goofie thing, to be taken seriously.

Posted by: dottydo | January 11, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I am thrilled that Sarah has not backed down and continues to be a voice against the relentless mockery that the lamestream media portrays. Media trash talk against her will truly be illuminated to a new level of analyses as we consider who is speaking from a true, just and level headed perspective.

Posted by: deercreek | January 11, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

It is the Money stupid, not the Country..

Posted by: smoothoperator | January 11, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow... a Palin piece always brings out liberal tolerance in many posts.

I suggest Palin haters first READ her autobiography to understand her.

Stanley Fish, New York Times reviewer "found it compelling and very well done."

Palins book has been extensively "fact-checked" by the Associated Press (11 reviewers). A concentration of scrutiny AP would never presume to exert over the man who's actually in the White House. Of course, no major controversies exposed.. darn !!

I was particularly amazed at her strong family background, her hard-working history and numerous real jobs (no community organizing : ). She actually worked hard to pay for most of her higher education. I was left tired just reading about her busy life.

Canadian journalist Rex Murphy writes:

"Professional feminists despise her, view her with unhinged contempt... Dutiful “progressives,” otherwise windsocks of sensitivity and nuance, revile her in the crudest, most extravagant terms. The intensity of their hostility, its unbridledness and dreadful tastelessness (the speculations on the birth of her Downs syndrome child) is an unwitting measure of her power."

"A truly dumb and witless person would not have the demure columnist David Brooks hissing dismissively, angrily in fact, on a Sunday morning talk show that Sarah Palin “is a joke.” Poor Mr. Brooks gets intellectual hives just thinking about her. Empty vessels do not inspire such venom and fury."

"Ms. Palin is a real and evolving element in the great story of American politics. She is the “other half” of the Obama moment, and she may be in the ascendant."

"Mr. Obama is losing his lustre, his appeal is dimming, at the very moment the Alaskan outsider is staking her claim. Those who call her a joke are expressing an anxious hope not offering a rational description."

"Ms. Palin has rare gifts and stamina enough to give them play. She is the second most outstanding figure on the great stage of American politics."

Posted by: pvilso24 | January 11, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Just one more reason to not watch Fox "News".

Posted by: pumor | January 11, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Farewell Address Signed by George Washington, 1789.

"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle."

Sarah Palin, I have the greatest respect for you. Albert, California

Posted by: iamafg | January 11, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

ANybody read Going Rouge (not a typo)?

Posted by: Marywexler38 | January 11, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Its no wonder FOX NEWS, enjoys' the best rating for cable news shows during the prime time slots. Signing Sarah is just genius, they get someone who already brings with them a huge following, instant ratings. As for Sarah, not as dumb as everyone makes her out to be, she polishes up her message and gains experience on the issues of the day.

Posted by: wf922 | January 12, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Fox has a real talent for hiring people who hate for money.

Posted by: Nymous | January 12, 2010 4:56 AM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
12 January 2010

Sarah Palin could very well turn out to be another feather on Fox News president Roger Aisles's well-feathered cap.

She will be in the company of such journalistic greats as Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

Together, they will truly succeed in reinforcing Fox News's constant protestations that the news it dishes out, to the delight of its ultra-right audience, is "fair and balanced."

I would not at all be surprised if Sarah Palin's secret goal is to be "The White Oprah." That will be nothing more than "God's Plan."

Mariano Patalinjug

Posted by: MPatalinjug | January 12, 2010 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Boring article that could have been made hilarious by two speech bubbles. "John get your hand off my butt." "Ha, Ha, Cindy is not around and the shot is from the chest up."

Posted by: jameschirico | January 12, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

I hope women interested in politics read the comments here. It looks like a bullet-proof glass ceiling!

Posted by: 2009frank | January 12, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

It IS God's plan for Sarah Palin to join Fox "News". All Roger Ailes has to do now is sign Dick Cheney. Then the rest of us get in the ark and He floods the place! We can throw George W. overboard by ourselves.

Posted by: daviddayates | January 12, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

She is too ignorant politically to do any
deductible analysis of the political landscape, bake a palatable commentary, and serve it to an audience of sound minds. A new book coming out revealed in pre-sales reviews that John McCain's campaign staff found her quite dumb, and struggled during the campaign to keep her straight. But in the FOX network, which is brimming with bigots, buffoons, and howling jackals of political turpitude, she doesn't need to be "foxy" to
succeed. She will just be another cuckoo in a Cuckoo's Nest!

It is the perfect set up for the FOX Network whose audiences are comprised of what Henry David Thoreau described in his time as: "Masses of men living lives of quiet desperation."
Nikos Retsos, retired

Posted by: Nikos_Retsos | January 12, 2010 7:44 AM | Report abuse

lindarc:"On television, Palin will not be able to continue to hide the "real Pali".

Very true. I don't think Fox or Palin will use scripted lines (Fox knows Palin wouldn't stand for it). Sarah will be free to do what she does best: rile up/cheerlead the Rovians and call attention to herself by creating pointless controversy. In the end, the most productive thing Palin does is provide material for SNL.

And to the Rovians... normal people don't hate Palin as much as they are bored with her. She keeps my attention because she's like a never-ending train wreck. At least Rightwingers are no longer saying people hate Palin because they're SCARED of her - the only thought that scares me is if Rove's Base was large enough to vote some ditz into the White House.

I hope the Republicans can come up with a viable candidate for president, BUT they'll likely have to forfeit the Base to gain votes from normal people (moderates). Any Republican candidate who deviates from extreme rightwing ideals will cause the Base to stay home on voting day.

Posted by: chris76543 | January 12, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Palin is boring. This is no surprise. Of course Fox picked her up ---- it has become evangelical central, with shrill women and bombastic men. Boring. Another narcissitic twit singing to the choir. I'm sorry that McCain unleashed this self-important, shallow, thoughtless nitwit on America.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 12, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

"Keep in mind that Palin is no longer an elected official. Writing about her at this point is tabloid journalism, which is unfortunately what the Washington Post considers hard-nose reporting these days."
Give me a break. In which newspaper in this country is an opinion piece, "hard-nose reporting?" Sarah Palin makes news and she is an influential rightwinger, whether she holds elected office or not. Remember death panels? She is still working that one.

Posted by: creatia52 | January 12, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

As a journalist, I couldn't be more delighted. Ms. Palin's unsophisticated rantings and malapropisms are sure to produce some hilarious stories. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert will retire at 45.

Posted by: goeagles1 | January 11, 2010 8:29 PM
I wouldn't bet on it. So far, I've read nothing indicating that Palin will be working LIVE. Faux News will edit the daylights out of everything she does, for the sole purpose of making her palatable to the Faux News fans.

Posted by: CardFan | January 12, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Alas, you're probably right.
If they're smart, Fox will pretape everything possible, and edit it carefully before putting it on the air.
A Palin allowed to ad lib would have Fox rolling out embarassed apologies every week.

Posted by: goeagles1 | January 12, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

She didn't know the causes of WWI and WWII
She didn't know that S. Korea and N. Korea are separate countries

She probably thinks Mussoloni was an Alaskan magician

Posted by: JRM2 | January 12, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Sarah "The Bimbo" Palin is on one mission, and one mission only -- to be rich.

I suspect Palin couldn't be happier at this point, because all of her wishes have come true -- she's out of politics, and in the money.

Palin's only reason for saying with certainty that she won't be running in 2012 is to keep her delusional followers' hopes alive, as unlikely as they really are.

The only reason I can see for Palin even thinking about running is if there's any money (and how much) in it for her, and even so, she'll never get the Republican nomination, but could get their party fired up.

Posted by: lindalovejones | January 12, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh my...Palin will show us the right way after she figures out why North and South Korea are divided. Yes, that is catty but as a woman who worked just as hard to earn my way through college, obtain a Ph.D. and grew up in what? It does not make anyone special, it makes one respect the hard work of others. I am sorry but this woman is not the second coming...

Posted by: Thinking4 | January 12, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Now she'll be part of the media she takes to task so often. Yes, Fox is part of "the media elite". Well, you know what I mean.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 12, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

if you ever write anything anti obama or uninsulting about palin, i might start to respect you. i don't expect that to happen

Posted by: harbinger317 | January 12, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

She might make Jon Stewart more fun but she needs some new material.

Posted by: withersb | January 12, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Palin has nothing to say outside the mindless regurgitation of slogans about smaller gov't and fighting against imagined socialists. Hiring her will be like hiring a cow to stand in the corner and chew it's own cud. Why anyone thinks this is enlightening is a mystery to me.

Posted by: kchses1 | January 12, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

What a lot of smug commenters. I hope she gets the time and support to develop on Fox. Whether she runs for President or not at least she will not be working with a lot of snakes in the grass waiting to strike her every move and then blame her for their own shortcomings.

Posted by: annetta3 | January 13, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

The first woman President will not be Sarah Palin or Hillary Clinton.

Palin is a personality, Hilly is a glorified denmother over at State.

The reason Maragret Thatcher was a great leader was simple-- she was a candidate who put her nation first, and a leader who was dedicated to the West and the Free World.

And no one noticed she was a woman-- the world was too busy hearing her as a leader.

Posted by: AlongTheWatchTowers | January 13, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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