Apparently Sarah Palin’s perfect record remains intact, despite losing a presidential election and a not-so subtle play for the 2012 Republican nomination.
Sarah Palin entered the mainstream American consciousness in 2008, whereupon she immediately botched a Katie Couric interview so badly as to earn a reputation as the least informed player in politics, and lost an election handily with her running mate to Obama. She then headed back to Alaska where she quit the governorship mid-term for no apparent reason. Now, after her nebulously political bus tour drew attention mostly for her famous gaffe about Paul Revere, she’s quit the tour halfway through and headed home to Alaska.
And yet in just a couple weeks, she’s still set to release a self-aggrandizing propaganda movie called “The Undefeated.”
This is American political theater at its best, folks.
Real Clear Politics today reports that Palin has retreated to Alaska, putting the rest of the bus tour’s scheduled appearances on hold indefinitely. “Aides had drafted preliminary itineraries that would have taken her through the Midwest and Southeast at some point this month. But those travel blueprints are now in limbo.”
Could Palin’s gaffe on Paul Revere have dealt the death blow to her nascent presidential campaign? Palin coyly insisted that her “One Nation Tour” was not a campaign tour and that her bus was “not a campaign bus.” Rather, she framed it as something like a highly patriotic family vacation: “a bus to express to America how much we appreciate our foundation and to invite more people to be interested about all that is good about America.”
But seriously—when was the last time you saw a family vacation include media appearances in key battlegrounds for the primaries—and in an RV that looks like this:
Such is the completeness of Palin’s media defeat that her retreat from the campaign trail (let’s just call it what it was) isn’t even making headline news today. Even Newt Gingrich would make headlines if he canned the race today, and his campaign is a blazing inferno of disaster. Palin ducking out, on the other hand, barely seems to register in the news.
And yet, she’s “undefeated.” If nothing else, Palin perfectly embodies a maxim of pure American ambition: fake it till you make it.