Is she still around?

IS SHE STILL AROUND?…. Do you know what America really needs right now? An entirely new round of nonsense from Sarah Palin.

Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) believes Caroline Kennedy is getting softer press treatment in her pursuit of the New York Senate seat than Palin did as the GOP vice presidential nominee because of Kennedy’s social class.

“I’ve been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope,” Palin told conservative filmmaker John Ziegler during an interview Monday for his upcoming documentary film, “How Obama Got Elected.” Excerpts from the interview were posted on YouTube Wednesday evening.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.”

Now, as far as I can tell, Caroline Kennedy hasn’t enjoyed especially good press at all since she announced her desire to serve in the Senate. The New York Times, in particular, published a very unflattering piece; reporters have been openly mocking Kennedy’s speaking style (“you know”) and questioning her credentials; and the response to her “candidacy” from the blogs has been widely negative.

But that’s not the only reason Palin’s whining is so odd. Kennedy probably won’t receive anywhere near the national media scrutiny Palin received, but that’s because Kennedy wants to be one of 100 senators, serving one state, while Palin inexplicably thought she should be one heartbeat from leading the free world. The scrutiny should be different — candidates for statewide office and national office are playing in different leagues.

For that matter, this notion that Palin was widely ridiculed because of “class” is crazy. The governor may find it embarrassing, but she’s upper-middle-class. Playing the victim, and suggesting the media is picking on her because she isn’t wealthy is absurd.

But Palin wasn’t done, telling John Ziegler (remember him?) that Katie Couric and Tina Fey have been “capitalizing on” and “exploiting” her, that her embarrassing interviews during the campaign had been “sliced” together, and that she thinks MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann is “evil.”

Remember, she was nearly the vice president of the United States.