In her first paid speech since abandoning her job in Alaska, Sarah Palin spoke to more than a thousand investors and bankers at an annual investment conference in Hong Kong on September 23. The obvious question is: Why would these people want to hear a self-professed “hockey mom” talk about high finance?
As you might expect, Palin took the intellectually low road, saying, “I’m going to call it like I see it, and I will share with you candidly a view right from Main Street, Main Street U.S.A.”
For what Palin’s small-town experiences are worth in the grand scheme of things, they could have invited me to speak on pet futures and gained as much insight.
Palin yakked for 90 minutes, allowing only 10 minutes for pesky questions. The media was barred from the event, reportedly at her request.
And now they’re calling it her first big “foreign policy credential” for a 2012 presidential run.
Attendees told various media outlets, as reported in Time, that Alaska figured prominently in her speech:
“She rambled on about the place for ages,” says an Indian banker with a major U.S. firm. “Palin even talked about Alaska’s land bridges with Asia and how animals once went across.” Based on a recording it reviewed, the Wall Street Journal says Palin invoked her husband Todd’s Eskimo heritage as a sign of shared “bloodlines” between the continents.
You can catch a few illegally captured moments at HuffPost and watch Nobel-Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman dismantle Palin’s ridiculous assertion that government regulation caused the Wall Street melt-down, which she supported by citing various lax legislation, and then concluded that banking needs even less oversight.
In railing against big government, Palin is setting herself up to run for leader of nothing. No laws, no regulations, no safety nets for anyone. So what’s her point?
As always, she’s too stupid to realize she doesn’t have one.