Palin Perfect for Fox News: Glamour With No Need for Smarts

Try as she might, the former VP candidate is not your average American woman.

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By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

So today Sarah Palin delivers some great news: She's becoming the TV star she's apparently always wanted to be and sparing us (for the moment, at least) the worry that she might run for national office. She's much better suited to TV, where glamour is everything and intellect is of little consequence. Besides, going to Fox means she can proselytize all she wants (as did former anchor Brit Hume most recently) and need not let minor things such as the facts get in the way of a good story or, for that matter, a good sound bite. According to the Los Angeles Times:

Palin will appear as a commentator on programs across the network, joining a lineup of pundits that includes fellow conservatives Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee. She will also help host a recurring series that profiles everyday Americans.

Profiles of "everyday Americans"? Like the ones who shop at Henri Bendel and Neiman Marcus and who are able to lavish more than $150,000 on outfits that will last a few months? Yes, dear, those type of average Americans. The Huffington Post reported last November:

For weeks, the McCain-Palin campaign has dealt with the fallout from the disclosure that the Republican National Committee was billed for $150,000 in wardrobe purchases for the Palin family--a discovery that was widely ridiculed and undercut Palin's hockey mom appeal.

Several McCain aides said they had recently discovered that Palin's traveling staff had used personal credit cards to spend as much as $20,000 to $30,000 on additional wardrobe items for Palin.

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