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.

“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.

[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.”]