There may be worse things in life than sitting through a 90-minute movie about Sarah Palin. At the moment, I just can’t think of any.
For a shrill, obnoxious loudmouth spouting more semantic goofs in public than Mrs. Malaprop, she has mangled more facts, misquoted more people and been on the wrong side of so many things that she’s ready for a cinematic firing squad. And for a veteran documentary filmmaker with the credits of British director Nick Broomfield, I expected Sarah Palin—You Betcha! to be a hair-raising exposé. But he didn’t have to put in much overtime. All he had to do was go to Wasilla, Alaska, open his eyes and ears, and keep his cameras rolling. As her family, friends and enemies—including just about everybody she has ever worked with as mayor, governor and vice presidential nominee-—prove in every scene, Sarah Palin defines self-parody.
Lady Bunny, the disco-happy drag queen who’s graced New York nightlife with wig-wearing performances for decades, has fired shots against a certain former Alaskan governor. Sarah Palin’s taken a good amount of heat since her response to the Giffords tragedy, but to our knowledge Lady Bunny is the first member of the drag queen contingent Read More
A 1957 DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter carrying eight people crashed on Monday night 20 miles north of Dillingham, Alaska. Former Senator Ted Stevens, 86, is believed to have been on board — he was traveling in the area yesterday — and reports from people on the scene of the crash indicate that there are survivors. Mr. Read More
Ad libbing as he warmed up the Republican convention crowd for their vice presidential nominee, Rudolph Giuliani quipped: “She got an 80 percent approval rating. You don’t get those kinds of numbers in New York!”
Of course, getting those numbers would be just as easy for a New York mayor or any other mayor or Read More
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—Bill Noll, an Alaskan delegate to the Republican convention, has been a coal entrepreneur, an appointed state officeholder and the mayor of a small town in his home state. “Smaller than Wasilla, actually,” he said with a grin. It had been four days exactly since John McCain had made Alaskan Sarah Palin the most Read More
On January 5th of this year, Alaska Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin wrote an op-ed in the New York Times opposing listing polar bears on the endangered species list. Her argument was well reasoned and thoughtful, although in the end, unsatisfactory. In her piece Governor Palin noted her support for policies Read More
Last weekend an old friend came by and surprised me with an offhand statement. She had been friends of the writer George W.S. Trow, who died last November at 63, and she said he had been in and out of mental institutions in the years before he died.
When I was young, all journalists Read More
As the price of gasoline jiggles about and above the $3 line, there is cause for tepid rejoicing for some and glee for others. For Democratic politicians hoping to score big in November, there was glee—a lot more glee than sense. For those who are worried that nature may be about to take revenge on Read More
It was a few days before Christmas, and it was well past 7 p.m. Hilly was late to couples therapy.
DR. SELMAN: All right. I have to be out of here by 8:30. So how are you?
GEORGE: You had a party?
HILLY: Some thing … yeah.
GEORGE: You look really nice. Read More
That’s why condo prices are so high! The Times reports that Francine Blacher, a Manhattan real-estate agent, has pleaded guilty to filing a false income-tax return for 2001. She apparently hid income in a bank account in the Bahamas.
Looks like the Mayor and the Governor have a bit of friction between their Read More