New Sarah Palin Emails Reveal Money & Marital Problems Galore

sarah palinA little less than a year ago, polls showed Sarah Palin had a 60 percent disapproval rating. Today, I would assume the general feeling about the former Alaskan governor among most Americans is more so plain indifference, slight annoyance at most. Thank GOODNESS it is finally starting to feel like the woman has outlived her 15 minutes of fame. But that doesn't mean we can't look back and shudder at the mess she left behind in Alaska and the cringe-worthy behavior that made her run as VP simply embarrassing.

Enter some new emails that were released publicly yesterday, most from the last 10 months of her time in office. The juiciest tidbit: In an email to husband Todd, she wrote, "I can't take it anymore" and to others, "I can't afford this job," referring to the endless stream of lawsuits, charges, and public scrutiny. Wah wah wah.

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There's really nothing new here -- the emails only serve to illustrate what Sarah has lamented since she stepped down as governor: That after being in the national spotlight, her role as governor took too much of a financial and emotional toll on her. It even began to cause her problems as early as 2007, when she wrote an email titled "Marital Problems" that read: "So speaking of... If we, er, when we get a divorce, does that quell 'conflict of interest' accusations about BP?" (Her husband was a former BP employee.)

What I find particularly laughable is that in the midst of all of this, she painted herself a victim while quitting actually freed her up to toy around with moneymaking schemes galore, i.e. her gig with Fox News as commentator, book deals, reality TV, speaking opportunities, going on a magical mystery bus tour, etc.

The truth is that Palin should have known what she was signing up for when she ran for governor and when she ran for VP. Media scrutiny -- which surely triggered her avalanche of lawsuits and charges -- comes with the territory. If you're going to become a public figure, you have to be able to deal with the consequences when your mountains of dirt are drudged up. Granted, the blame doesn't fall squarely on Palin's shoulders. It's clear that John McCain also deserves flak for not having Palin properly vetted before thrusting her into the national spotlight. (I'm sure we'll get some interesting insight into that whole debacle in the upcoming HBO flick Game Change!) 

If these emails are supposed to make us feel sorry for Sarah Palin or believe, as Tim Crawford, treasurer of her PAC said, that she was a "governor hard at work for her state," they're failing miserably. All they show is a desperate egomaniac who was severely in over her head in a job she had and a job she lost.

Do you think these emails make Sarah Palin look even worse?

 

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