Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks during the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition's Friends of the Family Banquet in Des Moines Iowa Saturday Nov. 9, 2013. (AP Photo by Justin Hayworth) Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Friends of the Family Banquet in Des Moines, Iowa, Nov. 9. (Justin Hayworth/Associated Press)

The musings of Sarah Palin always make for a target-rich environment. Whether promoting a book or just spouting off about things she doesn’t know much about, the half-term former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee turned best-selling author and reality television star never fails to bring the absurd to her endeavors.

Take, for instance, Palin’s interview with Jake Tapper. Here’s what she had to say when asked by the CNN anchor for her thoughts on Pope Francis.

I’m kind of trying to follow what his agenda is. You know, I’m surprised he came out with a couple of things in the media. But, then again, I’m not one to trust the media’s interpretation of somebody’s message. But having read through media outlets … he’s had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal, has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me. Unless I really dig deep into what his messaging is and do my own homework, I’m not going to just trust what I hear in the media.

And I’m not going to hold my breath until she does her own homework on what the “lamestream Pontiff” (h/t Fred Hiatt) means. That would be considered suicide, even though the homework is as simple as reading through the transcript of his extraordinary interview with the magazine America: The national Catholic Review from September.

All that stuff about not judging gays, being one with the poor or having compassion for those who go through tough spiritual times must be lost on Palin. But if recent reports are to be believed, the Pope’s message is leading to a resurgence of the Catholic Church.

Gov. Chris Christie celebrates his reelection. (Mel Evans/AP) Gov. Chris Christie celebrates his reelection. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)

But Palin was particularly rich and hypocritical with comments about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). They stemmed from her remarks about Hillary Clinton and sexism on the campaign trail, particularly about references to her appearance. Tapper remarked that Christie gets comments on his appearance all the time. “That’s because it’s been extreme,” Palin said. “So it’s hard for some people not to comment on it.”

Hearing this gave me a sense of deja vu. Three years ago this month, Palin blasted First Lady Michelle Obama for her “Let’s Move” campaign to combat childhood obesity:

Instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician’s wife’s priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.

So much for leaving Christie alone and getting off his back as he exercises his “God-given right” to make his own dietary decisions. If I were Christie, I’d tell Palin what he told a caller who had the temerity to note that the then-new governor didn’t send his children to public school: “Hey, Gail? You know what? First off: It’s none of your business.”

If Palin possessed an ounce of class or statesmanship, she would have given the governor kudos for trying to get his weight under control. But, as we all know, that’s asking too much.

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