by Nathan Empsall, Thu Oct 01, 2009 at 09:42:54 AM EDT
According to the New York Post,
Gov. unemployed quitter pundit Sarah Palin is having a hard time finding work on the lecture circuit because most groups that pay for big name speakers -- businesses, conferences, universities, etc. -- think she's a "blithering idiot" and are afraid of the effect she would have on their reputation among professionals.
Sarah Palin is said to have pocketed a $7 million advance for the 400-page memoir she turned in four months early, but she might not have such an easy time on the lecture circuit.
After quitting as governor of Alaska in July, Palin signed with the top-notch Washington Speakers Bureau, which also reps George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice, hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger, LA Dodgers manager Joe Torre and magician David Blaine.
Palin's bookers are said to be asking for $100,000 per speech, but an industry expert tells Page Six: "The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot."...
"Palin is so uninteresting to so many groups -- unless they are interested in moose hunting," said our insider. "What does she have to say? She can't even describe what she reads."
Thankfully, Mrs. Foreign-Policy-Cred-Means-Seeing-Other-Countries-From-Far-Away may not have much of a political future. My own line of thought has been that in a 2012 GOP primary, she and Mike Huckabee would split the "populist fundamentalist" vote (Jeff Sharlett's term for the Religious Right), leaving a Pawlenty or Romney to take the nomination. And now there's this: Huckabee trounced her in the Values Voter Summit strawpoll. He took 28% while she was left in a Joe Lieberman-style three way tie for second with Pawlenty and Romney at 12%. It's extremely early and this is just a straw poll, but it's also a straw poll among her Carrie Prejean-Phyllis Schlafly-James Dobson base. Maybe I was wrong; maybe the Stephen Baldwins of the world DO know that talking about Iraq when you can't explain the Bush Doctrine is not the best qualification for head-of-state...
On this day of all days, however, I do want to say one thing for the Palins: unlike most conservative families, they really are sacrificing for the wars they support, and I give thanks for Track's safe return from Iraq. I give this thanks in part because I'm heading to California in a few hours for my baby brother's graduation from Marine boot camp. Semper Fi.