November 15th, 2015 • iizthatiiz
CBS correspondent Tracy Smith visited with Governor Sarah Palin at her home in Wasilla, Alaska.
CBS’s Tracy Smith began her interview in a harsh fashion, asking Palin if she felt “like a loser” in the aftermath of the 2008 presidential election. The Governor didn’t hedge her response, “Well sure, you either win or you lose. It’s like dang, I wish I could have added more, contributed more positively. Maybe there was no chance that we were going to win anyway.”
Smith pressed the assault, “Do you feel like you’re to blame for the loss in 2008, cause people do blame you.” Palin was readily willing to accept her share of the responsibility, but also inferred that Senator John McCain bore some part of the loss, “It takes a team to win, so it takes a team to lose. I was part of a team that came in second, out of two .. It’s semantics okay, words matter, you either win or you lose. We lost. That makes you not a winner”, qualifying her response by pointedly adding, “at that time.”
After a series of clips, many displaying the 2008 campaign in a negative light, Smith asked if Katie Couric’s infamous question regarding what newspapers and magazines she read was a ‘fair question’. “Sure”, Palin replied, “I had a crappy answer, but it was a fair question.”
The subject changed to some of the challenges the Palin family has faced in 2015, with Smith zeroing in on daughter Bristol Palin’s pregnancy and her cancelled wedding plans to Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Myer, “That can’t be how you saw this playing out, unmarried and pregnant again?” Smith asked.
“Heck, no.” Palin answered. “Because being a single mom is, oh my goodness, my heart goes out to the single parents. But my enormous admiration for what it is that they’re able to accomplish doing double-duty. And I watch Bristol do double-duty all the time, you know, with her little boy, Tripp. I can’t wait for about 45 more days, and I’m gonna have a little baby granddaughter. And I’m happy about it.”
Smith accused Palin of hypocrisy, stating “There are those who say, come on, this goes against everything you stand for.” The Governor brushed off Smith’s insinuations, explaining “Well, the cool thing about putting your faith in God is he certainly is a God of second chances, and third, and fourth, and fifth chances.”
Talk turned to Palin’s latest effort, ‘Sweet Freedom: A Devotional‘, with Palin explaining how scripture has helped her deal with many challenges over the years, “I think that this book hopefully will express some of that because there’s a lot of admittance of the mistakes. There’s admittance in the book about things that, ‘Oh, yeah, I orchestrated that one. I pushed it too far. And I screwed it up.’”
Moving on to Governor Palin’s influence on national politics, the CBS reporter was again in accusatory mode, suggesting that Palin has a negative impact on public discourse, “There’s a feeling that maybe instead of contributing to making things work, that you’re part of the problem of people not being able to find a solution.”
Palin was having no part of Smith’s attempt to paint her communication style in a negative manner. She acknowledged that “.. some of my comments are probably very candid and perceived as caustic to some”, and explained her willingness to speak bluntly, “I do that because I know that I speak for a whole lotta people who are thinking the same thing but don’t have a microphone or a stage and they want somebody to say it. And I’ll say that, and I’ll call people out for doing something stupid, and I’ll use the word ‘stupid.’”
Smith dug in deeper, “Do you worry that that’s too divisive?”, she asked.
Palin strongly disagreed with such notions, “I think too many people worry about being too divisive, or they worry about the politically correct police who will tell them, you know .. ‘Sit down and shut up because you’re politically incorrect.’ I’m like, ‘That’s part of the problem in our country right now.’”
Smith asked if anyone in this years Republican presidential field stood out. “Right now, I would say that fighter is Donald Trump”, Palin replied without hesitation. Adding, “.. he’s got nothin’ to lose. He doesn’t have to be bought or sold” .. “He is his own man.”
The scene shifted to Palin greeting her son returning home, with Sarah and Trig discussing his day at school.
Although a full-time Mom, Palin still finds time to keep in touch with her many supporters, “I still usually write something every day for my Facebook page, because I wanna keep our five million people who we reach informed about issues that I think they need to start talkin’ about.”
Strolling casually through the Alaska snow, Smith asked Palin if she would leave her idyllic lifestyle “to go back on the campaign trail?” Palin replied, “This will always be home. I would know that I could always come back here.”
Smith pressed her for a more direct answer, “You’re willing to run again?”
“I’d be willing. That’s a good way to put it.”, Palin nodded with a smile.
The interview ended with Smith and Palin admiring the vista over Lake Lucille.
“You see a lotta silver lining here, don’t you? You see, you know, there’s clouds but, man, there’s light comin’ through the clouds all the time. And I have an illustration every day here in Alaska of beauty in more ways than one. I look around and I get to see the beauty of God’s creation and, man, it makes me appreciate it.”
* All screenshots courtesy CBS News
In a segment that was not aired on the CBS Sunday Morning broadcast but posted online, Governor Palin shared a few thoughts on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders: