June 12th, 2009
09:16 AM ET

Palin can't outsmart Letterman

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Margaret Carlson
The Daily Beast

The governor has spent much of her public life in high-pitched feuds—but taking on late night’s prince shows a complete lack of political sophistication.

Top ten lists about Sarah Palin's attack on David Letterman are already being written but really there is only one reason Palin should relent—she’s not a good enough politician to play.

Palin has spent much of her public life in feuds with the state legislature, with her ex-brother-in-law, with John McCain’s staff, with Levi Johnston’s family. An early fight with the chair of Alaska’s Oil & Gas Commission paved the way to the governor’s office. She mostly wins, especially when the target is as easy, say, as a high school dropout whose mother is under federal indictment. The Johnstons make the Palins look like Rockefellers.

But picking a fight with a trained comedian, refusing to accept his apology and continuing to battle after the white flag is shown reveals a complete lack of political sophistication.


Filed under: Sarah Palin
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Chris

    This article and the comments by those so blinded by partisanship that they cannot see the inappropriateness of what Letterman said and his abysmal attempt at an apology are the best example of how the left is gone of the deep end. Partisanship has worsened since the last election, not improved, and it is the majority that is responsible.

    The focus on the insult to Palin's daughter with no mention or even concern that a woman who ran for Vice-President is described as dressing like a "slutty flight attendant" is skewed and misogynist. Oh, that's right, women are just sex objects and whenever possible we should label them as such and reduce them to being simply a tool for male pleasure. Letterman called her a slut and her daughter a slut (doesn't matter which one because it was inappropriate either way) simply because of their political persuasion and you nut job liberals are applauding and excusing it.

    Take a step back from your partisan hatred for just one moment and really look at this situation!

    The pattern of propaganda by the left, encouraged by so many who comment on this article, to belittle and de-humanize all those that disagree with them as stupid and unworthy to have a forum to speak is very troubling and has no place in a healthy democracy.

    June 12, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  2. bdm

    Ms. Palin's concern for her children is a new thing. Where was her concern when she decided to join the McCain camp knowing full well that her daughter was pregnant? Just seems to me that a parent should move heaven and earth to protect a child but Ms. Palin's political aspirations were seemingly more important than shielding her daughter in a difficult time. She should be ashamed.

    June 12, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  3. Karen

    If you think David Letteman's rape joke were funny.

    Then you know your a democrat who listen's to CNN.

    Margaret Carlson just twisted whats really going on.

    This ain't about Letterman and Palin.

    This is about weather you agree rape is funny or not. Plain and simple.

    June 12, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  4. Patricia

    Which one is the wiser. i believe it is the one who will not respond to the negative comments. Soon it will go away then something else will along. Ask President Obama if this is true.

    June 12, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  5. RLWellman

    You are right. Sarah should back off because the good ole boy is backed by the left and Democratic party. David Letterman is a pig. I say again, why can't you left leave Sarah Palin alone! Are you that scared of her, that you have to continually attack her and her family? How would you like it if President Obama's daughters were attacked in this way?
    You say it was only a joke? If the Republicans would have said something like this, they would have been called racist or even discrimination.
    Have any of you listened to MSNBC lately? The left is saying how bad FOX News is, you need to listen to the "hate" that MSNBC is spewing out every day (especially Rachel Maddow show).

    June 12, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  6. Susan

    How does she, her family, and friends think she's ready for prime time if she is not a good enough politician to beat Letterman?

    Honestly I thought her 15 minutes was already up!

    June 12, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  7. Ana

    Sarah Palin does not speak on behalf of all women and definitely does not speak on MY behalf. She conveniently uses her gender whenever she needs attention or a political gain.
    Whether I like or dislike what Letterman says, this is HER issue with him. She needs to stop dragging us in the messes she creates. She does all women huge damage trying to be the "moral torch bearer".

    June 12, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  8. Scott, FL

    Why do people even consider this woman and her family relevant? This is outrageous. We have enough in our world to worry about without being blasted with senseless media coverage of a woman who chose to put her family in the media spot light.

    Enough is enough. This woman and her family are not important in our lives. If Americans would place this much energy and effort into their own families, many of our problems could be solved.

    She can't even manage, control or set basic examples for her own family. Like it or not, basic human behaviors are learned, and begin at home.

    June 12, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  9. Connie

    Thank you for not showing the young son of the shot guard last night on your show. This was not good journalist to put a young man on the spot after his father had just been shot dead.

    Thank you for having good taste in your reporting.

    June 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  10. Bobby Fitzgerald

    Since when is rape a punch line? What apology? I watch stand up across the country and have no problem with foul language. I have never seen rape used to get a laugh in a club. I don't think this is a good first.

    June 12, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  11. Gayle

    So what! Letterman make a joke that wasn't the best at the time. Comedians for years have taken pot shots at politicians, it almost like that is their job. Maybe it wasn't the best. Everyone is up in arms because the content of the joke was somw what mistrewed. We should be more upset with the song writers and singers that talk about killings, gangs, foul language, and also degrading women and girls. This is what our youth is listening to, growing up with and believing. That should be more upseting that one joke. And some of you wanted this woman in office??

    June 12, 2009 at 12:25 pm |