Submitted By Todd on January 11th at 6:30pm
Sarah Palin might not be taking on Oprah, but the one-time GOP vice presidential candidate has made good on predictions that she has a future in television.She's not presidential material, but she's got a more impressive political resume than did the current president when he was running.
The former Alaska governor is joining Fox News as a contributor, an executive at the cable news network said today, confirming news first reported by the New York Times. Palin will appear as a commentator on programs across the network, joining a lineup of pundits that includes fellow conservatives Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee. She will also help host a recurring series that profiles everyday Americans.She's not running for president, but the media can't help focusing on her every move nonetheless.
With her hiring, Fox News is bringing on a high-profile figure whose controversial pronouncements on issues such as healthcare reform have helped drive sharp partisan debate.She did more to hobble the socialist health reform movement with two words (death panels) that anyone else in the debate.
The move is likely to boost speculation that Palin, who left office before the end of her first term as governor, wants a platform to remain in the public eye in order to make a bid for the presidency in 2012.She is the most compelling political figure in the country, and a crossover pop culture celebrity.
Many suspected that when Ms. Palin retired as the governor of Alaska last summer she was doing so to pursue some sort of career in television. The Fox News deal, however, would not seem to be all-encompassing, and would appear to give her room for other pursuits, as well.She makes liberals absolutely crazy, which makes her an heroic figure in my book.