Sunday, February 01, 2009

Palin comes to DC to lobby and have dinner, not to do interviews

Sarah Palin is still afraid to do interviews. Palin came to Washington, DC this weekend for the Alfalfa Dinner, an annual gathering of the political elite. Most aspiring politicians making the long trip from Alaska would take advantage of the opportunity to make a splash in the national media. From CNN:
"She has requested we do not schedule any interviews for her," said Bill McAllister, Palin's communications director. Instead, McAllister said, Palin is traveling to Washington to lobby senators to approve certain infrastructure projects for Alaska in the economic stimulus package.

The move is an unusual one for the high-profile governor, especially one believed to have presidential ambitions, on a visit to Washington, a city where most politicians come to gain a piece of the media spotlight rather than avoid it.
It's not surprising to find Palin lobbying for earmarks. Palin built her early political career on getting earmarks and continued seeking earmarks into her years in the Alaska Governor's Mansion, including the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere." It's asking too much of an Alaska politician to ask them to stand aside while there is a pile of government money to be divied up. Here's a couple of short videos about Sarah Palin and earmarks.

And this last one is just for fun . . .

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