What was supposed to be a publicity stunt to keep their fame clock from expiring turned interesting as Todd Palin was confronted by an Alaskan at the Iowa State Fair who called Sarah Palin a sellout.
Part of the confrontation was captured on video by the San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate:
A woman was engaged in a conversation with Todd Palin and said, “We’re from Alaska. We were heartbroken when she quit.” Todd Palin responded with, “What would you recommend doing when you got $600,000, $700,000 of debt hanging over your head, and you still have all these people filing complaints against you? What would you do?” The woman was prepared and responded with, “Well, you go for the money obviously. That’s what she did. Everybody in Alaska thinks she sold out.” Todd stuck to the talking point, “You have that hanging over your head, complaint after complaint. What would you do?” She replied, “Wait for the complaints to pan out.” Todd came back with, “Hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. You got all this debt going to be there.” The woman got the final shot in by saying, “It’s not there anymore is it? You got quite the deal,” and she is walked away she turned around and said, “sellout.”
Todd Palin tried to say that Sarah quit because of mounting legal bills, but this excuse is directly contradicted by Palin’s own resignation speech,
Every one – all 15 of the ethics complaints have been dismissed. We’ve won! But it hasn’t been cheap – the State has wasted THOUSANDS of hours of YOUR time and shelled out some two million of YOUR dollars to respond to “opposition research” – that’s money NOT going to fund teachers or troopers – or safer roads. And this political absurdity, the “politics of personal destruction” … Todd and I are looking at more than half a million dollars in legal bills in order to set the record straight. And what about the people who offer up these silly accusations? It doesn’t cost them a dime so they’re not going to stop draining public resources – spending other peoples’ money in their game.
My choice is to take a stand and effect change – not hit our heads against the wall and watch valuable state time and money, millions of your dollars, go down the drain in this new environment. Rather, we know we can effect positive change outside government at this moment in time, on another scale, and actually make a difference for our priorities – and so we will, for Alaskans and for Americans.
Palin admitted that taxpayers were picking up the tab for the ethics complaints and lawsuits, not her. In fact, Alaska is still paying for Palin’s reign of terror. The state is going to be shelling out taxpayer dollars to cover part of the cost of Chip Thoma’s lawsuit. Todd Palin’s reason for his wife’s resignation was a total lie.
Everyone knows that the Palin’s were itching to cash in after her vice presidential run in 2008. According to Frank Bailey, Sarah Palin couldn’t wait to get out of Alaska. Once upon a time, people big and small were afraid of crossing the Palins and incurring their wrath, but now they are so diminished that random Alaskans can walk up to them at an event in Iowa and call them sellouts.
Note to Todd Palin: The whole we were facing oodles of debt excuse won’t elicit much sympathy when your wife starting making millions literally days after she resigned. There is nothing more distasteful than a multi-millionaire who cries poverty.
If Todd and Sarah Palin are still dreaming that someday Sarah might run for president, they need to come up with a better cover story for her quitting than the legal bills. Should they take the legal bills excuse to voters, even Republican voters, they are likely to be laughed out of the room.
My how far the once mighty Sarah Palin has fallen down the political totem pole, but I guess sellout is a step up from what Sarah Palin really is. We all know that before Palin was a sellout, she was a quitter.