Palin on 2012: "I'm not doing this for naught"

The media’s got a fee-vah and the only prescription is more Palin’s-already-eyeing-her-post-McCain-career!

ELIZABETH VARGAS: If it doesn’t go your way on Tuesday … 2012?

GOV SARAH PALIN: I’m just … thinkin’ that it’s gonna go our way on Tuesday, November 4. I truly believe that the wisdom of … of the people will be revealed on that day. As they enter that voting booth, they will understand the stark contrast between the two tickets. …

VARGAS: But the point being that you haven’t been so bruised by some of the double standard, the sexism on the campaign trail, to say, “I’ve had it. I’m going back to Alaska.”

PALIN: Absolutely not. I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we’ve taken, that … that would … bring this whole … I’m not doin’ this for naught.

Eh. They’re trying to spin that last bit as though the VP run is just a vehicle but it reads more to me like, “I won’t give my critics the satisfaction of seeing me slink home with my tail between my legs.” It’s a statement of defiance, in other words, not ambition. Or maybe I’m totally wrong and she’s already thinking ahead to the big social con powwow next week. We’ll see tomorrow when they air the clip.

Exit quotation: “This is not at least initially being received well inside of the McCain campaign.”