Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday called an e-mail pitch in her name for Planned Parenthood that ran wild on the Internet during the presidential campaign "great theater."
Remember that? Pro-choice people were inspired to send donations to Planned Parenthood in Ms Palin's name. A thank-you note would then be sent to her.
A lot of people did.
"I have boxes of thank-you notes from people associated with Planned Parenthood thanking me for the donations. Same with some anti-hunting groups, they're doing the same thing right now. It's political theater – it's great theater I guess for some," Palin said.
Planned Parenthood gained more than a million bucks. And it was great theatre.
But then Ms Palin whiffed on the next bit.
But she said it wouldn't change her view that "every life is precious."
Um, Sarah, the point of the campaign was not to change your tiny mind, but to mock you.
But, apparently, by saying the word 'great' right near the Great Satan Stand-in, Planned Parenthood, and/or by not turning around three times and spitting on her left hand, she has alarmed some of her wingier supporters, like this gang GOP12, which styles itself thus: 'Breaking news on rising GOP stars and the 2012 Republican Presidential nomination'.
We all know Sarah Palin's pro-life, but her words are considerably more measured than in the past. She acknowledges differences with Planned Parenthood but only after noting both have a shared goal: to reduce the number of abortions. And even her differences are shaded slightly more neutral: "perhaps a different approach". Alan Keyes, that is not.
Later, Palin issued this press release:
“The abortion issue has been with us for decades and has pitted well-meaning people of differing ideologies against each other. Where we can find common ground is in the belief that no one wants a single abortion.
“But when there is a clash of values, I always will come down on the side of life. Making donations to Planned Parenthood in my name might be interesting theater in these politically charged times, but it is not going to change my views or the views of many other Alaskans who believe every life is precious.
“Anti-hunting groups are employing the same tactic of using my name to promote their cause right now. Again, interesting theater.”
Again, it's clear where she stands, but she's less strident in tone; more eager to find ways to work with the opposing side. Has the three-year pivot begun?
SHRIEEEEEK!!!!! Sarah is pivotting!