If I know my political media coverage at all, this is going to be played as an embarrassment for future former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, but I don’t see it that way.
Politico is reporting that, all over the Hill, congressional Blue Dogs are channeling their inner keyboard cat when asked about Palin’s offer to campaign with them:
Some of the members lunged for elevators, others moved to get into meetings (or at least behind closed doors), and a few just chuckled nervously and replied in a clipped fashion that reflected an immense desire to not discuss the topic at any length.
It should have been obvious to anyone that Palin’s offer was more about burnishing her “maverick” cred than any expectation that Democrats would take her up on it. So the fact that Dems are hemming and hawing is no surprise.
The real embarrassment here is that these are Democrats being asked if they want Sarah Palin to campaign with them. Given their recent attempts to eff up the healthcare bill by killing the public option, maybe the idea that they’re being equated with the Thrilla from Wasilla will make them re-think what it means to be a Democrat.
Palin’s offer, on the other hand, may or may not have been politically wise (I think it was one of her rare good moves of late), it displays at least the appearance of something the Azure Lapdogs lack: stones.