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Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 07/11/2011

Sarah Palin as Newsweek cover girl — again

As celebrity glamour shots go, Sarah Palin’s cover photo on this week’s Newsweek is danged good! The best-selling author and reality-TV star looks young and vibrant. Her devil-may-care countenance aided and abetted by the wind conspicuously blowing hair back. And while her outfit might be laid back, there’s no doubt she’s in total control. But when Palin’s cover shot is viewed through the prism of presidential politics, it’s a dud.

Folks want to be able to envision someone sitting in the Oval Office.
They don’t necessarily want to envision them in the pages of Esquire magazine’s “Sexiest Woman Alive 2011” or Maxim. She can’t possibly be taken seriously as a presidential contender dressed like that, especially since this is the second time she has graced Newsweek in a less-than-presidential pose. But let me move away from the superficial to the substance of what the half-term governor has to say in the Newsweek interview. I’m particularly incensed by the lunacy of her comments on the impending default of the United States.

“It is not the apocalypse,” she said, and questioned the need for the urgent negotiating sessions Republicans and Democrats were conducting in search of a debt-limit agreement (ongoing at press time). “The fact is that we have $2.6 trillion in revenue coming in, and if we just use some common sense there — take that revenue, service the debt first, take care of national priorities — we don’t have to increase debt.”

See my previous post on Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s appearance on yesterday’s “Meet the Press” to see why I described the above as lunacy. It’s not the first time Palin sputtered nonsense on this issue. And don’t get me started on “The Sugar Daddy Has Run Out of Sugar; Now We Need New Leaders,” Palin’s latest snark-filled musing on her Facebook page.

... the office of the presidency is too important for on-the-job training. It requires a strong chief executive who has been entrusted with real authority in the past and has achieved a proven track record of positive measurable accomplishments.

Rather than remain “a strong chief executive” toiling in Juneau after
her failed 2008 bid as the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008, Palin quit halfway through her first term as governor of Alaska to cash in on her newfound celebrity. Why anyone would take her comments on leadership seriously is beyond me. Palin’s declaration “I can win!” is laughable on its face when you know that her “unfavorable” rating rests at an unelectable 57.9 percent. Why anyone still thinks all this — the movie, the short-lived bus tour, now this Newsweek nuttiness — is a precursor to a presidential run is mystifying.

Sarah Palin is not running for president. She is a star. And she is doing what stars do best when they feel the spotlight is drifting away from them. She’s trying to snatch it back by any means necessary.

[Clarification, 2:55 p.m.: The original post said “this is the second time she has given Newsweek a less-than-presidential pose.” The first Newsweek cover was a shot originally posed for by Palin for Runner’s World. Nonetheless, as the copy now reflects “this is the second time she has graced Newsweek in a less-than-presidential pose.”]

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