Rise of the Palins

November 24, 2010 12:54:03 PM PST
How did it happen that the Palins became so prominent so quickly? Bristol Palin's presence as a contestant on a dancing reality show turned the entertainment program into a news story. Did the Tea Party launch her into the finals? It might have.

And Sarah Palin is now everywhere, and whatever she says gets coverage.

The latest comes this afternoon. And one headline could be that she's not blasting President Obama. The other is that she's blasting former First Lady Barbara Bush.

To be fair, Mrs. Bush took the first shot, suggesting in an interview with CNN's Larry King that the former Governor of Alaska should "stay in Alaska" rather than run for President in 2012.

Now Ms. Palin has reacted - by picking up the brick. Speaking on a talk show hosted by conservative Laura Ingraham, Palin referred to the Bush family as "blue-bloods." And she said that critics like Mrs. Bush "don't understand that competition is good."

The full quote: "I think the majority of Americans don't want to put up with the blue bloods - and I say it with all due respect because I love the Bushes - but the blue bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allowing competition to pick and choose the winners."

And, to add to this growing war between traditional Republicans and the fledgling Tea Party, Palin offered that the "blue bloods" bear some responsibility for the economy's troubles.

True enough, Mrs. Palin has a book to sell, and she's at the beginning of a two-week swing through red states to push her work of literature. But there are 167 other ways she could have handled Mrs. Bush's verbal slam than to pick up the brick herself. I'm just sayin'.

That's the prelude to tonight's 11 p.m. newscast, where "getaway Wednesday" are the operative words. We're keeping tabs on the airports and highways for you (Amtrak is sold out of most trains), and we're behind the scenes as the peeps prep for tomorrow's big Thanksgiving Day parade.

We're also taking a look at those so-called "sales" for the holiday. As my dad used to say, just because there's a sign saying "sale" on the window don't mean anything - because in a store, everything is for sale. And so it goes with our report by Lucy Yang tonight, who examines why shoppers should be skeptical about prices just because a store says something is on "sale."

Speaking of holiday shopping, quite a statement today from the head of P.C. Richards & Son, who lampooned his competitors for opening on Thanksgiving to get a leg up. "We are taking a stand," said Gary Richard. "This is an all-American holiday, not based on any race or religion. The stores that will open have no respect for American culture and no respect for their employees. Is Mr. Sears working? Is Mr. K-Mart working? It's not fair. They will be home with their families. Why be open one more day. They are open on Memorial Day, 4th of July, if they need to open one more day, they should go out of business. Don't take it out on your employees. We have been in business for 101 years. All of our 3,153 employees will be home tomorrow enjoying the holiday."

He's just sayin'.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's holiday AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports - including the latest contract flap between the Yankees and their captain, Derek Jeter. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

P.S. This column will resume on Monday. Happy Thanksgiving!

BILL RITTER

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