- The Washington Times - Monday, December 19, 2011

SARAH-CENTRIC

Journalists may scorn Sarah Palin, but they love covering her; it is sport, and the press went into full cry once Fox Business Network leaked a Monday night interview with Mrs. Palin in which she revealed that, yes, “it’s never too late” for candidates to jump into the 2012 race, adding “things can be shaken up … who knows what will happen?” Those morsels of red meat caused an uproar. Even before the interview aired, Time magazine declared that she was “rattling the cage.” Her tease “could well recharge the energy of her persistent supporters,” declared the Huffington Post.

Mrs. Palin “swung the door wide open for an entry into the GOP field,” offered Mediaite, adding, “love her or hate her, Palin entering the race could add a fun element to the GOP race, which is due for another major shake-up soon.”

Meanwhile, SarahPac, the political action committee, is still touting Mrs. Palin’s “commonsense conservative revolution.” The door hasn’t shut on her television career either. Mark Burnett, who produced “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” for TLC, says he’s negotiating with the cable network for a second season and expects to shoot footage by summer, delicately telling the New York Post, “By the time we edit it, the election will be over. But I am sure the election would be mentioned.”


YOU BETCHA

Faith and begorra, their guess is as good as any, perhaps. Following the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, the Irish betting company Paddy Power is offering odds on that nation’s future under heir apparent Kim Jong-un:

• 33 to 1 that a democratic election will take place before the end of 2012.

• 12 to 1 that a reunification between North and South Korea will take place before 2020.

• 3 to 1 that a peace treaty will be signed between the two nations before the end of 2012.

Oh, and 1,000,000 to 1 that Kim Jong-il’s round of 38 under par will be beaten on the PGA tour and recognized by the Guinness Book of Records next year.

AND IN SUMMATION

“Kim Jong-il was a cruel tyrant who leaves behind unimaginable suffering by the North Korean people. The United States should work with our partners to ensure that this period of transition is seized as an opportunity to persuade North Korea to abandon its hostile nuclear program, open up its society and address the humanitarian crisis that its tyrannical leaders have inflicted,” observes Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican.

NEWTOLOGY

He’s up. He’s down. Tracking Newt Gingrich’s daily favorability ratings is like day trading, with much ado over small increments and their implications. But what does it take to rule the Republican heap, even for a while? At this point, grit. A selection of Mr. Gingrich’s campaign stops in Iowa on Tuesday alone: the High-Vee grocery store in Mount Pleasant, the Al Jon Company in Ottumwa, the Smokey Row Coffee House in Oskaloosa and the Swamp Fox Restaurant in Knoxville.

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