Walter Mencken 6:15 p.m., Feb. 28
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A Dumb Person Going Rogue in Hawaii
I didn’t want to blog about Sarah Palin. She’s been talked about to death. But something happened the other day that was so utterly ridiculous.
She was on a beach in Hawaii and photos were taken of her. She was wearing a visor that had said “McCain” on it, but she inked it out with a black Sharpie. You could still read it, though.
The first thing I wonder is…what’s her beef with John McCain? He made her rich and famous (and sunk his race) by putting her on the ticket without the proper vetting.
The second thing I wonder is…why keep the cap in the first place? When my grandmother died, among her many wonderful antiques…we found a cabinet filled with soaps and lotions from various hotels. And a closet filled with visors from various casinos. But she was a Jewish woman who lived through the depression, whereas Palin got a million and a half for a book deal.
On a side note: I can’t figure out why she left a book signing in the mid-west before everyone had their books signed. Sure, the bookstore said she would only stay an hour; but that doesn’t mean she had to leave when people were standing there waiting for a signed book (many of whom had waited for hours).
As a teenager I drove to L.A. to meet Magic Johnson at a book store. They told us he’d only be there for an hour to sign autographs. He stayed for almost three, and everyone got a signed book (which is good, since I got a parking ticket AND my car towed).
The latest I heard was that she cut her trip short in Hawaii, because she was so upset over the flak she’s gotten by crossing out McCain’s name. If that’s true, she’s insane.
Palin has made a few good moves lately. Her appearance on The Tonight Show, to read William Shatners book with a band performing jazz behind her, was hysterical. It was a play on Shatner doing some beat poetry reading of her book “Going Rogue.”
That same time, I switched over to The Colbert Report, to hear Stephen Colbert say that John McCain has crossed her off the shirt he has. The photo showed McCain wearing a shirt that said “I’m with Stupid” and an arrow pointing to his left. The word “stupid” was crossed out.
McCain had said some positive things about Palin in a recent interview. But I swear, if he got a shirt and did that…it would be the funniest thing ever.
So, before Palin packs up to go back to Alaska and spying on the ruskies…why not drop into a gift shop and do what tourists do – buy a cheesy visor that says “Hawaii” on it. You can throw away the McCain visor and have no worries.