Kathy Griffin Comments Show Sarah Palin Cares More About Celebrity Than Candidacy

Lindsay Mannering

kathy griffinIf you watch My Life on the D-List, you know Kathy Griffin lives for this stuff. Having her name in the news and having Palin call her a 50-year-old has-been is the stuff Team Griffin dreams are made of. Apparently the only one who doesn't realize this is our possible Republican nominee for president, Sarah Palin.

Palin recently did Griffin a favor and publicly criticized the comedienne's upcoming guest appearance on Glee, in which she's set to play a Palin-esque Tea Party candidate. Palin, apparently paying attention to what Griffin is up to, said in a Fox News interview:

You know, Kathy Griffin can do anything to me or say anything about me, because you know, she's kind of this -- she's a 50-year-old adult bully is really what she is ... She's kind of a has-been comedienne.

Why would Palin choose this battle?

It doesn't help Sarah Palin's image when she focuses her time and energy on the celebrity part of her world. I know she's perpetuated her stardom with countless TV appearances, book deals, and in fact, her own reality show, but the second she starts fighting against those who poke fun at her, and other celebrities, is a moment taken away from the real issues.

I agree that Palin has the right to defend herself if she feels insulted or threatened, but choosing this bone to pick over, say, the national deficit, unemployment, or even something like Michelle Obama's Get Fit campaign seems at odds with a political agenda.

Palin is certainly blurring the lines between celebrity and politician, and her comments about Griffin continue to smudge the normally clear-cut lines. While in the running for Vice President, politically focused Palin laughed at Tina Fey's impersonation of her, and even poked fun of herself by appearing with the SNL star. Now, celebrity-focused Palin has taken this opportunity to grab a headline by confronting a comedienne famous for bashing public figures. It seems like the wrong tack here, and only gives Kathy Griffin what she wants most: more material.

What do you think -- should Palin have commented on Griffin's role on Glee?

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