Simply put, Palin simply did not do the work. She crested and rolled on the waves of resentment, which are now channeled elsewhere.
She luxuriated in her grievances—against the establishment, against the media, against everyone from the mightiest politician to the lowliest teenager who happened to knock up her daughter (as Levi Johnston put it at one point, “It’s almost funny, that she’s like, 46 years old, and she’s battling a 19-year-old, and I’m winning”). Resentment was her instrument, her tool, her vehicle and her purpose.
Alyssa wonders if the Palins will lose their other gigs:
The Palin family as a whole seems to hope for careers in show business, but this is only the latest in a string of failures for them. The TLC show Sarah Palin’s Alaska saw declining ratings and wasn’t renewed for a second season. Bristol Palin’s Lifetime show was yanked from the network for lower viewership, but not before landing $354,348 in tax subsidies from the state of Alaska. Todd Palin was reduced to appearing as one of many celebrities on NBC’s military reality show Stars Earned Stripes.
Maybe now that Fox News has cut ties with Palin, the rest of the television industry will follow suit.
Here’s what I hope: that they all lead long, happy lives far far away from any hint of political office. And that one child with Down Syndrome gets the care and love he needs and deserves.
(Photo: Sarah Palin waits to appear on NBC News’ ‘Today’ show. By Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images.)