We feel obligated to discuss the latest Palin imbroglio with you today, but quite frankly, the most expressive reaction we can dredge up to the whole affair is, Meh.
Crazy lady does crazy thing. Where's the news in that?
Even her fellow republican'ts seem at a loss, and they often share the same crazy frequency she broadcasts on. "It's astounding," Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican said. "I would think, if you want to run for president — and I'm not sure that's got anything to do with what she's doing — that pretending to actually be working for a living in some related field would be a better forum than just being a free range idiot."
Meghan Stapleton, the governor's communications director, said that she expects Palin to remain active as an opening act for Joe the Plumber. "I am listening to options for her," she said. "So far there's the Fryberg, North Dakota Bacon Festival, the Possum Trot, Mississippi...uh...Possum Day Celebration and the Arab, Alabama Patriot Day Parade and Kafta 'Qrass bi Saalsit el Banadoura Cookoff. We haven't confirmed on that one yet."
Palin's also working to find a ghost writer to complete her memoirs due out next spring. "She wanted to make it a pop-up book," Stapleton said. "But we convinced her that wasn't the audience we were going for."
In a Facebook posting, Palin said she wants to "help our nation achieve greatness" by advancing a platform of energy independence, smaller government and enhanced national security. Does anyone out there know anything about that stuff?"
Party leaders were not so enthused. Karl Rove, former political adviser to President George W. Bush, said that he and other GOP strategists are "perplexed" by Palin's bombshell. "I'm thinking prescription drugs, if you get my drift," he added.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, another potential 2012 Republican presidential contender, called Palin's strategy "risky. And by 'risky' I mean I haven't seen anything that dumb since Bobby Jindal tried to do that exorcism with a bottle of AquaFina and the church bulletin from Westboro Baptist."
Her decision caught many members of her own party flat-footed. "I didn't find out until a newspaper called," said state Rep. Wes Keller, a Palin ally. "She really needs better supervision, I think," he added.
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski— whose father, former Alaska governor Frank Murkowski, lost the GOP primary to Palin in 2006 — accused Palin of having "decided to abandon the state and her constituents. And I'm OK with that."