Palin was invited to and accepted a speaking engagement at the annual winter dinner of the Gridiron Club, which is made up of the leading Washington journalists. When she decides to flirt with disaster, at least she does it with the teeth of the vampire and not the shadow of his cape.
She made a few jokes:
"Sometimes you've just got to trust your instincts. And when you don't, you end up in places like this," she said, referring to the fact that her relationship with journalists and the media has been less than cordial. On that note, I have to give a nod to the Gridiron Club for inviting her in the first place- it’s kind of an edgy move, and one that probably made sure that their attendance numbers stayed up.
"It's good to be here though, really, in front of this audience of leading journalists and intellectuals, or as I like to call it, a death panel."
Ok, that’s a pretty good one. Well, it’s funny. Well, it’s her recycling her own joke. Well, it’s her making fun of herself. Well, it’s her relegating a line that was supposed to be part of an assault on the health care reform legislation, which just goes to show how little credit you can really give to what she has to say.
Can you imagine Bush making some Mission Accomplished joke? Or Obama making fun of himself for inviting two guys to come to the White House to have beers and talk out their race issues?
Ok. So she deserves some credit for showing up and having enough self-awareness to make fun of herself. My favorite is that she said she could “see the Russian embassy" out the window from her hotel room. Now that’s funny.
But really, Palin’s strength has always been cracking jokes, not political deftness. She deserves the credit for showing up, and for still being enough of a media entity to actually get invited a year later, but she does not up her standing with anyone by appearing there. It doesn’t get her preferred status, and it certainly should not get anyone to treat her better in the media.
What it should do is reinforce in everyone’s mind that she less of a politician on the national stage than an entertainer who knows how to spin things and has a good publicity team that can keep her in the right appearance spots.
Soon she goes to Iowa- I hope they vote the right way.