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By Howard Kurtz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, November 13, 2009; 10:06 AM

You have to feel a twinge of sympathy for Sarah Palin.

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Whatever her mistakes, she goes through a vice-presidential campaign where she gets absolutely battered, and then winds up in debt.

It's right here in her book:

"What appeared to upset her most. . . . was that about $50,000 of the legal bills was her share of the expenses for being vetted for the VP nod, Palin writes. She said no one had ever informed her that she would have to personally take care of any expenses related to the selection process."

Wait -- what's that? McCain campaign officials say it's not true?

Here we go again. It's like when she kept insisting she turned down the money for the Bridge to Nowhere.

Funny, because I never heard of a nominee having to pay for his or her own vetting.

But from the advance copy of "Going Rogue" obtained by the AP, it does sound like the ex-governor of Alaska had her frustrations during the campaign.

"Palin shares behind-the-scene moments when the nation learned her teen daughter Bristol was pregnant, how she rewrote the statement prepared for her by the McCain campaign -- only to watch in horror as a TV news anchor read the original McCain camp statement, which, in Palin's view, glamorized and endorsed her daughter's situation."

My favorite excerpt so far involves the Katie Couric interview. I don't see any conceivable interpretation other than Palin blew it. She refused to name a newspaper or magazine she reads, she couldn't name a Supreme Court ruling other than Roe, and generally came off looking uninformed.

So who does Palin blame?

"She says that the idea to meet with Couric came from McCain campaign aide Nicolle Wallace, who told Palin that Couric -- also a working mother -- liked and admired her. It would be a favor to Couric, too, whom Palin notes had the lowest ratings of the network anchors.


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