A few too many feuds

A FEW TOO MANY FEUDS…. For a while, I thought it might be fun to try to keep track of just how many feuds were launched by former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R). They proved hard to keep up with.

Palin has feuded with David Letterman and Ashley Judd. She’s feuded with her teenage daughter’s ex-fiance and Rahm Emanuel and Arnold Schwarzenegger. She’s feuded with the National Organization for Women, “Family Guy,” and climate scientists. When beauty pageant contestant Carrie Prejean drew criticism, Palin jumped into that feud, too.

Just last week, Palin initiated a new feud, this time with President Obama’s new chief of staff, Pete Rouse. (Apparently, she thinks he stole her idea of running a campaign based on a “change” theme.)

But there’s a new Palin feud, and this one’s a little more interesting than the others.

Palin’s husband Todd sent an email recently to extremist Senate candidate Joe Miller (R) and Palin PAC treasurer Tim Crawford, complaining bitterly about a recent Miller appearance on Fox News. Chris Wallace asked Miller on September 19, “Do you think that Sarah Palin is qualified to be president, and would you like to see her run?” He refused to answer.

Within hours of the interview, Todd Palin had dashed off an email. Here it is in its entirety (all spelling and grammatical errors in the original):

Joe and Tim,

Hold off on any letter for Joe. Sarah put her ass on the line for Joe and yet he can’t answer a simple question ” is Sarah Palin Qualified to be President”. I DON’T KNOW IF SHE IS.

Joe, please explain how this endorsement stuff works, is it to be completely one sided.

Sarah spent all morning working on a Face book post for Joe, she won’t use it, not now.

Put yourself in her shoe’s Joe for one day.


Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T

Miller forwarded this to some contacts. “This is what we’re dealing with,” he wrote. “Holy cow.”

First, these feuds really are getting ridiculous. Second, I suppose we can continue to assume that Palin is planning a national campaign.

And third, it takes the former half-term governor “all morning” to write a Facebook item?

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.