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Trump-Palin: Dream Ticket or Reality TV Nightmare?

Or should the billing read Palin-Trump?

Citing her recent embrace of Donald Trump’s birtherism, The Christian Science Monitor wonders whether Sarah Palin and the Donald shouldn’t consider joining forces on the 2012 Republican ticket.

The reality show pairing has a nice ring to it, in the opinion of the Daily Palin. And what with Trump having stolen Palin’s poll thunder, maybe it should be Trump’s name first on the marquee. Then again, we suspect that Palin loyalists won’t go for the apprentice routine in another election, especially to a guy who has never held elected office. But does the attention-grabbing Trump really seem like VP material? 

Sarah Palin Roots for Government Shutdown, Obama Blame

America’s fastest-sinking presumptive candidate for president is hoping that the man she’d like to replace is blamed for the seemingly imminent shutdown of the federal government.

After striking a “no compromise” posture for the better part of the past two years, since Barack Obama quashed John McCain like a bug in the ‘08 election, Sarah Palin is now tweeting for all with eyes to read that she knows who is solely at fault for the impending collapse of negotiations.

“Pres will veto 1-week spending bill to avoid govt shutdown if Congress passes,” Palin tweeted. “So, now $4T later, leaderless govt digs further debt, bickers over cutting peanuts - peanuts we don’t even have. It’s unsustainable! Let him shut it.”

Obama’s promised veto, of course, came after John Boehner attempted to ram more spending cuts through (above and beyond those Democrats had already agreed to making)  by craftily adding a military funding clause to the deal. Thus, when the inevitable promise of a veto to the heinous offer came, people like Palin could cry, “see, he hates the troops!”

Palin’s GOP nemesis Karl Rove, however, knows that the “let him shut it” logic is political suicide for Republicans, and that Obama stock would not, despite Palin’s hopes, do anything but rise as a result.

No Surprise: Palin’s Gender a Factor in Being Picked by McCain

To paraphrase Tammy Wynette, sometimes it helps to be a woman.

According to former advisers to 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, the  Arizona Senator felt that he needed a woman on his short list of V.P. candidates, and asked them to find one to round out an all male list that included Joe Lieberman, Tim Pawlenty, and Mitt Romney. 

McCain didn’t know which particular female he wanted on the list, and left that last-minute decision to his aides, who selected a little known Alaska governor named Sarah Palin.

Via Politico’s Ben Smith:

The questions of how thoroughly Palin was vetted, and why she was chosen, have been sore spots that helped divide McCain’s campaign in its aftermath between its leadership, who saw her as an out-of-control, destructive force, and another group of staffers who saw her as a more promising figure than McCain himself.

The “get me a woman” strategy might have proven effective if the right woman were picked. But the more the country got to know Palin, the more her unfavorable numbers dropped among independent and democratic women voters.

At Time noted back in Oct. of 2008, just 45 percent of likely female voters viewed Palin favorably a month out from the election, while 52 percent of male voters said the same. So, the move to court women by picking a woman seemed to fail in this instance.

Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in ‘Game Change’; Guess Who’s Not Happy

Maybe she was hoping for Meryl Streep.

Julianne Moore has been cast as Sarah Palin for an HBO version of John Heilemann’s and Mark Halperin’s book “Game Change" about the 2008 presidential election. Palin isn’t too jazzed on the forthcoming film, and Fox News’ Sean Hannity thinks Moore isn’t hot enough to play the ex-governor. 

"I thought Courtney Cox, Demi Moore might be a little bit more… a little closer look, no?" Hannity said.