after yesterday, but late in the day this interview popped up and it was just too ridiculous to let stand without some comment.
Courtesy of Vulture:
Former governor Palin seemed far more comfortable around dozens of entertainment reporters than around the average political correspondent: She held court for upwards of two hours, outlasting some of the veteran actors who'd also attended. She also looked the part of Hollywood celeb: skin-tight dress, very high heels, wrap-around sunglasses, and a deep tan. NBC public relations execs warned reporters that Palin was only there to answer questions about Stars Earn Stripes, but even with that ground rule, Vulture decided to try to snag a few minutes with the governor. We were only able to chat for three minutes before her handlers pulled her away, but during even that limited time frame, Palin managed to say the words "honor," "success," and "American exceptionalism." Always on message!
So the Palin family has now taken part in at least four reality shows since 2008. Are reality shows the new means of communications in politics, the new way to stay close to your base? I mean, Todd's not doing it for the money with Stars Earn Stripes …
"I'm certainly not doing it for the money, no!" (It should be noted that of the four shows THIS one is the ONLY one that it appears was not done for the money.)
So why do you all say "yes" to these shows?
"Our family's mantra is to live life vibrantly. And participating in a show like this, especially for Todd, is exactly that. It is living life vibrantly. Having the offer come from Mark Burnett, who is the best of the best, and having worked with him successfully on Sarah Palin's Alaska, [we] had a great connection with Mark to start with. That's what opened the door for us to even consider the idea of doing a show like this. But first and foremost, knowing the cause, honoring our troops and first responders … it was a no-brainer. And we had promised that we would do all that we could, through the different doors that have been opened, to honor our home state of Alaska and the resources that we have up there, that can be shared with the rest of the nation, and to honor our troops." (So far this idiot and her family have "honored" Alaska by having three terrible books ghostwritten for them, participating in four reality shows, consistently attacking and lying about our President on Fox News, and helping to start the Tea Party? Gee could they STOP "honoring us" please?)
Do you watch any reality shows? Are there any you'd want to be on, like Survivor?
"I don't have time to watch much television. When I hear you guys batting around all these names of shows, I don't know what … I like Deadliest Catch. We're commercial fishermen, but we're not that hard-core in Bristol Bay. But we like Deadliest Catch. Competition is so good, and a lot of these reality shows have a lot to do with competition. And that, of course, breeds success in all areas of life." (Of course the only one she mentions would be a show filmed in Alaska about fishing. So transparent.)
The campaign had to be tougher than a reality show.
"Politics are brutal. Politics are brutal. But when you believe in a cause, and I believe in American exceptionalism, I'll do whatever I can to fight for that, too."
Okay so the reason the Palin family embarrasses themselves on camera is because they are living their lives "vibrantly?"
vibrantly (Vibrant: Pulsing or throbbing with energy or activity.) in this promotional photo.
Gee I wonder if this scene where Bristol argues with sad sack Levi replacement Gino, after she kicked him out of her car during their trip to the Grand Canyon for daring to ask if Nancy French wrote her blog posts for her, is an example of "living life vibrantly?"
Unless living life "vibrantly" is another word for "living life like attention whores" than I don't think Palin really understands WHY she and her family keep whoring themselves out.
But personally I am beginning to think that it is some pathological desire to get attention through whatever means necessary even if it destroys their family, their health, and what's left of their sanity.