Ed Morrissey comments on the ABC News item that Sarah Palin has made a lot of money since she resigned as governor of Alaska in July:
The political consequences only come into play if Palin plans to run for office in 2012. At the moment, Palin seems much more intent on cementing her position as a conservative activist, and as a media commentator. And these results speak for themselves in terms of her effectiveness and reach in that role.Indeed, the governor has raised a substantial amount of cash for various causes and organizations. Joshua Livestro came up with a very conservative estimate of over $2 million that Sarah Palin has raised for others.
Speaking fees have become flash points for controversy for Palin, as ABC notes, but mostly just tempests in teapots. Palin didn’t charge any fee at all to support Michele Bachmann’s event here in Minnesota, and she scales back fees when necessary to promote causes in which she believes. However, the fact that she can demand and get six-figure appearance fees demonstrates her power to draw supporters and media attention.
Besides, what’s usually not mentioned in these “controversies” is the fact that her hosts use her to make money.
Meanwhile, the breathless media and others on the left can't seem to get over the fact that The Arctic Fox earns some serious silver. Strange, it never seemed to interest them much that Al Gore used his global warming myth to amass a personal fortune of over $100 million.