In today’s exciting “Grooming the Bride of Frankenstein” news…AP tells us:
“HONG KONG — Former U.S. vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, once questioned about her lack of foreign policy experience, will make her first trip to Asia in September.
The former Alaska governor will visit Hong Kong to address the CLSA Investors Forum, a well-known annual conference of global investment managers, the host announced Monday.
Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Alan Greenspan have spoken at the event, hosted by brokerage and investment group CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets.”
Palin and Greenspan. Peas in a pod, those two. And there’s this:
“”Our keynote speakers are notable luminaries who often address topics that go beyond traditional finance such as geopolitics,” company spokeswoman Simone Wheeler said in a statement.”
Make that Palin, Greenspan and George Kennan. What the F? Quite bizarre really. CLSA is the Asian investment branch of Credit Agricole Bank, baning/insurance/investment giant. Not exactly who comes to mind when we think of Palin’s base.
“”We just felt it would be a fabulous opportunity for CLSA clients to hear from Mrs. Palin,” Wheeler said.
Yes, fabulous, simply fabulous. And Wheeler added that…
“CLSA approached Palin with the offer.”
Yes. OK. But WHY? Why Palin over, say, Irv Thistlethwaite, former mayor of Knackers Junction, Saskatchewan? Or even (because they can pay the big bucks for speaker fees) Brittney Spears?
It’s another step in the Bride of Frankenstein product roll-out. To remind ourselves:
Step 1) Keep her out of ANY situation where she might open her mouth unscripted (thus the resignation/hiding strategy)
Step 2) Have professional PR types write her intimate Facebook entries
Step 3) Have Rush Limbaugh point to these Facebook entries as proof positive that Mary Shelley’s Palin has intellectual heft
Step 4) Get invitations from high-profile institutions (who’d love to have a corporate-friendly puppet President again) to invite her to speak on economics and geopolitics (she has advanced degrees in both, as we know, and got them without reading any books even which is impressive)in closed to the public and press venues.
Step 4: (this will be next week or the week after) Limbaugh and the Weekly Standard will proclaim her clear leadership/brainyhood/knowledge on the high shout of trumpets.
Politics as consumer marketing. Personally, I’d recommend a different product.
Here, god help us
Update: Greta Van Sustern, on FOX, did the predicted piece on Palin’s invite. Her phrasing…
“along with other big hitters, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Allan Greenspan”
So, the playbook is pretty clear and we can continue to predict how this will be staged. And of course we can note again that Van Sustern is husband to Joan Coale who ran (and we preseume) still runs SarahPac, the PR initiative for Palin as future hope.
Update 2: Goodness. No-longer-welcome-in-the-house Levi Johnston does an interview with Vanity Fair.
Sarah told me she had a great idea: we would keep it a secret—nobody would know that Bristol was pregnant. She told me that once Bristol had the baby she and Todd would adopt him. That way, she said, Bristol and I didn’t have to worry about anything. Sarah kept mentioning this plan. She was nagging—she wouldn’t give up. She would say, “So, are you gonna let me adopt him?” We both kept telling her we were definitely not going to let her adopt the baby. I think Sarah wanted to make Bristol look good, and she didn’t want people to know that her 17-year-old daughter was going to have a kid.
And then, there’s this…
Sarah was sad for a while. She walked around the house pouting. I had assumed she was going to go back to her job as governor, but a week or two after she got back she started talking about how nice it would be to quit and write a book or do a show and make “triple the money.” It was, to her, “not as hard.” She would blatantly say, “I want to just take this money and quit being governor.” She started to say it frequently, but she didn’t know how to do it. When she came home from work, it seemed like she was more and more stressed out.
That last paragraph suggests a motivation different than the theory I’ve advanced above, of course. So, we’ll watch and see.
You can link to the article herel