The rap on Sarah Palin as governor in Alaska was always that in Sarah's world, everything was about Sarah. When the then-governor and Republican vice-presidential candidate fumbled her way through an interview with CBS's Katie Couric, seemingly unable to answer the question of "what newspapers and magazines (do) you regularly read," some old friends and ex-employees of Palin joked that the problem was that Palin had the political sense to avoid the honest answer.
The honest answer for Palin, they said, was this: "I only read newspaper and magazine stories with my name in them."
Somehow, this was always a little hard to believe. There had to be more to Palin than that. After all, she had, much to her credit, kick-started her career as an Alaska politician with an effort to create transparency in state government. She couldn't possibly be as self-centered and self-involved as was claimed by some of those who knew her, or had known her, best.
But then came Sarah Palin's Alaska, a show billed as being about Alaska, but really about Sarah Palin, wherein she seemed to take every opportunity to snipe at those who have criticized her or those she simply doesn't like, including First Lady Michelle Obama.
And now, Palin is out with a video about the tragic shooting that left six dead in Tucson, Ariz., including a 9-year-old-girl and a federal judge, and the video is mainly about Sarah Palin. It opens, admittedly, with the obligatory nod to the dead and wounded -- one of whom, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the apparent target of a deranged shooter, remains in critical condition after being shot in the head.