Palin not invited to Obama dinner for McCain?

posted at 3:05 pm on January 15, 2009 by Allahpundit

Her spokesman claims he doesn’t know if she was or not, but come on.

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, his controversial running-mate, will not attend the dinner, Bill McAllister, a Palin spokesman tells Mother Jones…

Was she even invited? “I don’t know if she was invited,” McCallister says. Don’t know? How could that be? It’s hard to miss an invitation from a presidential inauguration committee. For its part, Obama’s inaugural committee has declined to say whether an invitation was sent to Palin. Repeated phone calls to its press office produced no answer to this simple question…

If Palin was left off the guest list, it’s not clear whether the snub came from McCain or the Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Isn’t it? I’m tempted to poll that question but we all know how it would go. Speaking of which, Rick Santorum chimes in this morning on why The One is bending over backwards to honor McCain: Because he knows a dependable maverick when he sees one.

In McCain’s mind, however, losing the presidency will not be the final chapter of his life story. He knows the path to “Big Media” redemption. Working with the man who vanquished him in November will show them all the real McCain again.

Remember, it was this onetime prisoner of war who led the charge to open diplomatic relations with Vietnam. If that past is prologue, and McCain’s legislative record is any guide, he will not just join with Obama but lead the charge in Congress on global warming, immigration “reform,” the closing of Guantanamo, federal funding for embryonic-stem-cell research, and importation of prescription drugs.

But McCain won’t stop there in his effort to rehabilitate himself in the media’s – or maybe his own – eyes. He will forge common ground on a long list of initiatives that go far beyond where he has gone before, including the stimulus package.

So obviously true is this that I’m not going to bother polling it, either. Instead, let’s approach the question this way: Are there any major policy initiatives on which McCain will break sharply with Obama? You’re all going to say Iraq but you’re kidding yourselves. For one thing, they’re already working hard to assimilate Maverick’s chief crony on that, and for another, he and Obama have always been more in sync on this subject than most of us would like to admit. In fact, if The One does try to speed up his withdrawal plans, the first person he’ll call to ask for cover on that is McCain. McCain might not give it to him, but the gesture at least will prevent him from leading some sort of GOP insurrection.

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Seriously, I think Pelosi and Reid are swimming in dangerous waters with this ANWR bill. Elitist Goracle followers (talk about a freakin’ cult!) from thousands of miles away telling Alaskans what they can’t do with their own resources. This is an issue tailor made for Sarah. It will heal some of the partisan rancor left over from the election in her home state by uniting all but the most extreme greenies behind her again, and her national profile will be helped by championing a serious issue that got major traction in the polls pre-financial crisis.

Conservatives all over America will cheer her on if she fights Capitol Hill liberals for energy independence. As a matter of fact, even the new Democrat Senator is on her side on ANWR. In this area she does have an impressive depth of knowledge and experience that will be obvious, if the media ever decide to cover it at all. With Palin though, the media MO seems to be make her look bad, or ignore till you can make her look bad.

Brian1972 on January 16, 2009 at 9:22 AM

You are right on target here. Energy is one way where she can highlight her policiy credentials and begin to build support. I believe her best way to counter the distorted image woven by the MSM during the election is to stay in the public’s view and address serious issues. I’d avoid any fluff pieces all together…no turkey pardoning. Just serious, meat and potatoe issues. This is an approach that can gradually change the perception of her as a ditz.

Red State State of Mind on January 18, 2009 at 8:21 AM

Let’s face it–it does not matter how serious Sarah is about the issues; Sarah will continue to take a beating by the MSM who are on a search and destroy mission to forever marginalize her and take her out. Sarah could be the most eloquent spokesman on energy policy, the bailout and Gaza and still it wouid not matter a whit to the MSM. Nothing will be fair in the MSM’s coverage of Sarah. Instead rally behind Sarah to give her a better opportunity to be the 2012 GOP standard-bearer and pledge yourself to do everything in your power to take Obama out in 2012.

technopeasant on January 18, 2009 at 1:51 PM