Oh, oh ho ho ho, oh man, do we feel like idiots! Why was Sarah Palin giving all of those weird semi- or quarter-endorsements to Newt Gingrich a few weeks ago and then trash talking Romney on Fox News Sunday this past weekend? Why is she so intent on seeing the primary process dragged out like this? We’d figured it was just to annoy people for the hell of it, à la her Christine O’Donnell endorsement. But no. (Sigh). So dumb of us! The long-grift at work is right there, in the open, for all to see: She wants to bring the nomination fight to a brokered convention in which party officials eventually ask her to jump in the race. Lazy ol’ Sarah Palin would get to be the nominee, and she wouldn’t have to do more than a day or two’s worth of campaigning to snag it. Of course this is her plan. Ha ha ha ha! It would be the Snowbilly Grift of the Century.
We don’t usually consider Fox Business Network’s Eric Bolling one of the news media’s most savory personalities, but hey, let’s give credit for his work in this interview on his last show yesterday. He knew his subject. It would be a waste of time, see, to ask most politicians, at this early stage in the race, if he or she would accept the presidential nomination at a brokered convention, because they’d easily brush it aside. But it’s the perfect question to ask Sarah Palin, who’s never turned down an opportunity to amplify her childish megalomaniac comedy theories to anyone who’ll listen. From Politico:
“If one of the nominees, one of the GOPers, doesn’t get enough delegates, it could go to a brokered convention,” said Fox Business Network’s Eric Bolling in an interview. “If it does get to that, and someone said, ‘Governor, would you be interested,’ would you be interested?”
“For one, I think that it could get to that. … If it had to be closed up today, the whole nominating process, then we could be looking at a brokered convention. … Nobody is quite there yet, so I think that months from now, if that is the case, all bets are off as to who it will be, willing to offer up themselves up in their name in service to their country.”
“I would do whatever I could to help,” she added, her voice rising.
“That’s, that’s fantastic,” replied Bolling.
“That’s fantastic.” Oh Eric Bolling, you’ll land right on your feet once this all blows over.
You can tell that she’s been thinking about this seriously for a while. She believes that a backroom deal among Republican party leaders could shake out in a way that promotes her. This is quite something. When this presidential cycle was gearing up a year or two ago, we’d expected that if any backroom deal were to occur, it would be a scenario in which Sarah Palin ran and was in a position to win the nomination and had to be stopped, through whatever emergency party mechanism was available. The second possibility would be the same thing, but with Newt Gingrich. (And look at this latest polling news: Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin are now sharing the title of “most disliked politician in America.”) But who knows? Maybe the Republican party will decide to cede the general election during its convention, for laughs. Who knows.
Grift of the Millenium! Best of luck to her and her political comedy plan.