Carroll County Times

Tom Zirpoli: Fox puts Palin back in the spotlight

She's back. That would be former Alaskan half-term governor and former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, of course.
She is back on Fox News. Evidently the folks over at Fox didn't think they were fair and balanced enough toward the Republican side of the aisle.
Of course, not all Republicans are happy with Palin's return. Gearing up for the 2014 congressional races and the 2016 presidential race, the last thing moderate Republicans want is to remind everyone why they didn't vote for the Republican ticket in 2008. With the exception of folks in red states or congressional districts, Palin doesn't do Republicans any favors, especially with independent voters.
Former Florida full-term Gov. Jeb Bush, for example, can't be happy. During Palin's first appearance back on Fox's morning show, "Fox and Friends," Palin took Bush to task for his support of immigration reform. Bush, the smart son in the family, understands that without an effort to bring Hispanics into the Republican Party, especially in places like his home state of Florida, the White House becomes an increasingly difficult goal for Republican candidates.
This, however, is of no concern for Palin. She will be paid more than $1 million per year from Fox News to play her traditional role as the far-right Alaskan mama bear. Palin will collect her salary regardless of who sits in the White House and, after all, it is all about her.
A return to television also gives Palin the opportunity to spread the news about her books so she can make millions more without holding a real job. "I'm writing a book about Christmas and pushing back on the politically correct who have tried to take Christ out of Christmas ... at the same time a very festive and happy and jolly book about tradition and recipes and fun things about Christmas," stated Palin to her friends on Fox during her very first appearance.
Indeed, nothing brings Christ back into Christmas more than Sarah Palin getting rich on a book about how Christ has been taken out of Christmas. I hope all of Fox's corporate sponsors, who make billions replacing the baby in the manger with the old man on the sled, were paying attention.
I'm just guessing, but I suppose that her next book will be about how liberals invented the Easter Bunny in order to take Christ out of Easter. Actually, Palin could write a book about how she gets out of bed in the morning and her tea party followers would pay to read it. The lady is a cash machine.
Speaking of not-so-bright politicians, Republicans in the state to our north, Pennsylvania, are slashing state funding for public education to the bone. They are doing the same thing in North Carolina. I guess their strategy to win elections in the future is to keep the voting public uneducated. This way, it is much easier to convince people that women can't get pregnant when raped, that global warming is a hoax and that evolution is a theory on par with creationism.
Seriously, ever wonder why when Republicans take over a county, city or state, the first thing they cut is public education for our children?
Palin, of course, did go to college. Actually, she attended five colleges in six years before graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in journalism. While some may think that she has a problem finishing anything she starts, I call her persistent. Perhaps that is why she is back on Fox News. After dropping out five months ago, she is back to finish what she started. Maybe she is setting the stage for a run for the White House in 2016. Actually, I'm dreaming of a presidential race between Palin and former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Now that would bring some fun back into politics.