POLITICS - In an interview aired today Sarah Palin tried to blame other reasons for her party's defeat:
"We didn't get the Hispanic vote." (After all why would Hispanics vote for a party that is so anti-immigration? They didn't get the black vote either as less than 4% of black males voted for McCain/Palin and 0% of black women.)
"We were outspent so tremendously." (Not true, the Republicans spent just as much.)
"The anti-incumbency sentiment that was spread across the land and our ticket representing the incumbency." (In other words, the Anti-Bush effect.)
Sarah Palin is trying to keep the focus off how she is the #1 reason the Republicans lost so dramatically. She was quite simply a scandal magnet. Palin's various gaffes, her daughter Bristol's pregnancy and shotgun wedding, the prank call from two Quebec comediens, the Saturday Night Live spoof, Troopergate, the Hustler spoof, and a slew of other scandals.
McCain's loss to Barack Obama last week was an Electoral College landslide that dramatically reorders the divided political map that's been the norm during the last two U.S. elections. Obama even won in traditionally Republican states like Indiana and gained ground in just about every demographic group, including the fast-growing Hispanic bloc that Republicans have courted.
Asked about rumours of problems between herself and running mate McCain toward the end of the campaign, Palin said: "We had a great relationship ... There was never any inkling of tension between the two of us."
Amid speculation she'll run for president in four years, Palin said she prayed she wouldn't miss "an open door" for her next political opportunity.
"I'm like, OK, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I'm like, don't let me miss the open door," Palin said. "And if there is an open door in O-twelve or four years later, and if it is something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I'll plow through that door."
Palin also said it wasn't fair for people to suggest she brought the ticket down.
"I think the economic collapse had a heckuva lot more to do with the campaign's collapse than me personally," Palin said. "Sure, I'm upset that people are blaming me, but I'm trying not to let it bother me."
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