PALIN PONDERS HER FUTURE…. CNN reports on Sarah Palin, fielding a few questions from reporters this morning in Alaska, including one about what kind of role she envisions for herself in national politics if McCain comes up short today. The traditional answer is for a candidate to emphasize how focused he or she is on the current election, not the next one.

Palin, however, “did not hesitate” to speculate about a future that might not include the vice presidency. Indeed, she seems to have given this some thought.

“You know, if there is a role in national politics it won’t be so much partisan,” she said. “My efforts have always been here in the state of Alaska to get everybody to unite and work together and progress this state.”

“It would certainly be a uniter type of role,” she added.

Asked if she had any regrets about the campaign, Palin bemoaned “the state of journalism today.”

“The blogosphere, the two, three hour news cycles, where just too much is reported based on gossip and innuendo and things taken out of context,” she explained, adding that she’d like to help improve the profession because she has “great respect for the world of journalism.”

First, given Palin’s viciousness on the stump since joining the ticket, the notion that she wants a role that “won’t be so much partisan” is rather amusing.

Second, someone probably ought to tell Palin that we’ve heard the “uniter” line from far-right Republicans before. And to quote the original source, “Fool me once … we won’t get fooled again.”

And third, the problem with reports from the blogosphere that made Palin appear foolish is not the reports themselves, but rather, it’s the things Palin would say or do that were, in fact, foolish.

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