The Thrilla in Wasilla
Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin sparked a controversy yesterday when she posted a note on her Facebook page accusing President Barack Obama of engaging in a “shuck and jive shtick” with “lies” about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya last month. The term “shuck and jive” originated in the Deep South and has been used as a derogatory description of African-Americans. After Ms. Palin faced accusations her use of the phrase was racist, she fired back with another Facebook note that pointed to past uses of the term by Governor Andrew Cuomo, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.
“For the record, there was nothing remotely racist in my use of the phrase ‘shuck and jive’–a phrase which many people have used, including Chris Matthews, Andrew Cuomo, and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to name a few off the top of my head,” Ms. Palin wrote. “In fact, Andrew Cuomo also used the phrase in reference to Barack Obama, and the fact that Mr. Cuomo and I used the phrase in relation to President Obama signifies nothing out of the ordinary.”
TAMPA, FL – Sarah Palin took to Facebook yesterday to accuse Fox News of canceling all of her scheduled appearances on the network during the Republican National Convention, but CNN host Piers Morgan said he’d be glad to have her on his show during the RNC festivities. However, Mr. Morgan said Ms. Palin, who has a contract with Fox News through January, has yet to take him up on his invitation.
“I’m serious, if she’s fallen out with Fox, I’d love to get her on. It’s the one reason we haven’t had her since I’ve been on air, because of her contract with Fox,” Mr. Morgan told Politicker at the CNN Grill at the RNC last night. “Clearly, if she’s had an issue with them and can now do us, I’d love to interview her.”
Florida Congressman Allen West had a rather interesting response to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s threats to block the fast food chain Chick-Fil-A from opening a restaurant in the Windy City due to the CEO, Dan Cathy’s, admission he doesn’t support same-sex marriage. Mr. West brought up the Chick-Fil-A controversy during an interview with CNBC’s Rick Santelli today on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade.
“I had to come up from down South because I wanted to try to open up a Chick-Fil-A franchise here in Chicago,” said Mr. West.
However, it doesn’t seem like the congressman is really putting his money where his mouth is.
Bob Kappstatter mused on all things related to Bronx politics.
Michael Grimm is leading the charge to investigate Corzine’s MF GLobal.
Mayor Bloomberg gives contributions to charities in lieu of gifts at weddings.
Robert Mittman exists, or so he claims.
Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, is horrified President Barack Obama said his young daughters influenced his decision to come out in support of gay marriage. Ms. Palin took to her blog today to bash the president for being molded by their young minds and one of America’s top rated television comedies.
“Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking. In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee,” Ms. Palin wrote.
Sarah Palin’s former stylist, Lisa Kline, appeared on a pro-Palin internet radio show dedicated to debunking HBO’s controversial 2008 election drama “Game Change” today to say her boss took fashion very seriously in spite of the way she’s depicted in the movie. Ms. Kline gave “Game Change” a generally positive review, but she quibbled with a scene that showed the actress Julianne Moore portraying Ms. Palin mispronouncing the name of fashion designer Jimmy Choo and taking a cavalier attitude toward her clothing.
“The only specific scene that I have a problem with is when Julianne as the character Sarah mispronounced Jimmy Choo. It was only a small dramatic license, but that never happened, and they also portray Sarah as having fun with the clothing and the real Sarah took it more seriously,” Ms. Kline said in her appearance on “Sarah Palin Radio.”
Earlier today Sarah Palin’s political action committee released a video and statement slamming HBO’s 2008 election drama “Game Change” as being “fiction” filled with “the half-baked truths and fabrications of the liberal left.” Danny Strong, the movie’s writer and co-executive producer, responded by telling The Politicker he wishes Ms. Palin watched the film before criticizing it. HBO offered to screen “Game Change” for Ms. Palin, but she declined. Ms. Palin’s video included clips that she said show the “real” story of her campaign and Mr. Strong said some of the exact same footage appears in his film.
“Everything in that video is in the movie. If they would have seen the film before they attacked it, they would know that we have dramatized everything that they put in their video that Sarah Palin supporters are proud of,” Mr. Strong said. “She really is a dynamic person that did a lot of amazing things for that campaign.”
Sarah Palin released a video through her political action committee today slamming HBO’s upcoming 2008 election movie, “Game Change.” Ms. Palin sent her clip to supporters along with a letter demanding HBO “add a disclaimer that this movie is fiction.”
“The screen writer of Game Change, Danny Strong, lapsed into a tired routine of manipulating facts and omitting key parts of Governor Palin’s story in order to push a biased agenda and drive ratings,” Ms. Palin wrote.
WASHINGTON — A group of protesters to attempted to “mic check” former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s keynote speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Washington Wardman Park Mariott today. Audience members drowned out the occupiers with boos, chants of “U.S.A.” and “Sarah!” before they were escorted from the hotel ballroom.
WASHINGTON — Former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is making the keynote speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference today, but it won’t include an endorsement in the race for the GOP nomination.
“Not today,” Mr. Palin said when The Politicker asked if she would announce her pick at CPAC.