FASCINATING – I DIDN'T KNOW SHE WAS GOING – AT 10:51 A.M. ET: Sarah Palin is doing some international traveling. I don't really think this means she's running, but it's intriguing. From The Politico:
Sarah Palin’s trip to India this month might seem out of the blue, but it’s one piece of a much larger trend: The world’s largest democracy goes gaga for American politics.
Most Americans couldn’t even name the Indian prime minister, but the press in India covers minute details of the American political scene.
Its top news magazine devoted an entire issue to President Barack Obama’s November state visit to India. One major newspaper headlined a story, “Tea Party time in the US,” about the 2010 midterm elections. The main New Delhi TV station ran a piece on Palin’s use of the phrase “blood libel” after the January shootings in Tucson, Ariz., and covered her daughter Bristol’s engagement to Levi Johnston.
Palin’s visit allows her to build some foreign-policy cred with a visit to a friendly ally — and score some points with Indian-American voters in the States.
All forms of media have covered Palin’s gaffes and her family issues. But their fascination with her isn’t just limited to the sensational or the salacious. She’s going to India on March 19 to keynote India Today’s famous yearly conclave — a gathering attended, according to the magazine, by “government ministers, political leaders, top bureaucrats, diplomats, intellectuals, scientists, academicians and thought leaders, corporate heads and senior business executives.”
Her 2010 predecessor in the keynote role? Former President Bill Clinton. In 2009, it was former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
Hey, this is pretty special stuff. I hope Sarah prepares thoroughly this time, and gives a speech equal to the one she gave at the 2008 Republican convention.
I'm looking forward to the way the American media handles this. If Sarah makes a hit, what will the "respected" pundits say...once they recover from their heart attacks? They'll probably try to find any cultural gaffes she commits, and use that as the headline. We will defeat them.
March 6, 2011