Stepping firmly down on to a new low, today Palin crashed the funeral of a man said to despise her, Wally Hickel (R), the former Alaska governor and the Secretary of Interior under Nixon.
Shannyn Moore, an Alaskan blogger, wrote a moving tribute to Hickel as she smote Palin's latest outrage with her well-inked superpen.
Half-Governor Sarah Palin crashed twice-Governor Wally Hickel's funeral today. Trust me, if Sarah Palin was paying her respects, the check would bounce. The guest list was impressive with many Alaskan dignitaries. And then there was Palin with her daughter Piper, the 8-year-old human shield, in tow.
Ms. Moore wrote of Hickel's accomplishments, of Hickel as a human being, and of Hickel's unfavorable opinion of Sarah Palin.
My friend, Geoffrey Dunn asked Hickel last year for a formal, on-the-record response to Palin's stunted career as governor. Dunn wrote, "He took a deep pause. "She fell in love with the national spotlight and lost her ethical compass," he said thoughtfully. "That was a sad day for Alaska and America."
After the 2008 election, Hickel's Anchorage Daily News article eviscerated Palin's race baiting on the campaign trail."Palin became the spokesperson for the divisive voices in American politics. She dismissed the greatness of our immigrant heritage, indeed of today's Alaska, where in Anchorage alone nearly 100 languages are spoken in the homes of the children in our public schools."
And from Geoffrey Dunn, there is this:
Hickel viewed Palin with personal disdain, describing her "political opportunism" in the most condemnatory terms possible. He had lost all respect for her. She "used" him like she would use many other patrons as she scratched and lied her way to a strange form of national political celebrity, and Hickel was not afraid to call it like he saw it. He was not bitter--he was a much bigger man than that--but at the same time, he was not afraid to show his disgust. "I don't give a damn about her," he told me.
She did not belong at this man's funeral, and the depths to which Narcissus, er....Sarah Palin, will sink, never ceases to amaze me.