Sarah Palin just can’t win for losing with us … which we attribute to the fact that the GOP diva (currently in the midst of a major nationwide PR offensive) has become sadly emblematic of America’s anally PC, excessively-dramatic, “oh pretty pretty please offend me ’cause I’m dying to be offended” streak.
Seriously, people. It’s like Palin is addicted to hearing herself whine – which we suppose is now par for the course in our Reality TV-addled culture, but nonetheless it’s not the sort of quality you’d expect to see exhibited so consistently from a professional politician.
We first noticed Palin’s proclivity for complaining back in January of this year, when she vindictively lit into the veracity of new media.
Of course, we noted at the time that we still wanted to make out with her … which we’d like to make perfectly clear remains true today.
After the blogger whinefest, though, there was Palin’s sanctimoniously-overplayed tit-for-tat with late night talk show host David Letterman, which ended well for her but once again showcased her whiny streak.
Also, it’s been noted that Palin’s new book, Going Rogue, devotes a disproportionate amount of ink to rehashing the insider battles that took place between her and certain members of former GOP presidential nominee John McCain’s staff during their disastrous 2008 campaign.
Enough already! Who cares!
Anyway, the latest example of Palin’s thin skin can be found on her Facebook page, where the former Alaska governor took fingers to keyboard to bash Newsweek magazine’s choice of a cover photo for this story.
The picture Newsweek chose should be familiar to FITS readers, as it is one of several that was taken for a Runner’s World magazine feature that we chronicled back in July.
In fact, here it is (click on thumbnail for a larger view …)
No big deal, right?
Wrong, according to Palin.
“The choice of photo for the cover of this week’s Newsweek is unfortunate,” Palin wrote to her 1 million-plus supporters. “When it comes to Sarah Palin, this ‘news’ magazine has relished focusing on the irrelevant rather than the relevant. The Runner’s World magazine one-page profile for which this photo was taken was all about health and fitness — a subject to which I am devoted and which is critically important to this nation.”
Sheesh. But Palin wasn’t finished.
“The out-of-context Newsweek approach is sexist and oh-so-expected by now,” she continued. “If anyone can learn anything from it: it shows why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, gender, or color of skin. The media will do anything to draw attention – even if out of context.”
Wait … what? Sexist?
Please, Sarah. Learn to pick your battles, girlfriend.
And while we hate siding with Newsweek over anybody with stems like Palin’s, the fact is that this picture was already published months earlier … and Palin had no problem whatsoever with it.
Sure, the argument is that such a laid back picture doesn’t fit the image she wants projected on a “news” magazine cover, but again – who cares?
For her to file such a “context” complaint now is ridiculous, and ironically makes us take her less seriously (no matter what she’s wearing).
Live by the sexy, die by the sexy – just ask our founding editor.
Don’t get us wrong, Palin has done well lately in our book on the ideological front – making a gutsy endorsement in an Upstate New York Congressional race that nearly dealt the two-party establishment a stunning defeat. But that positive ideological lean will be worth absolutely nothing unless Palin is able to locate a mute button for her whining.