Tales from the Trail

Sarah Palin says “first dude went rogue” with Gingrich endorsement

When Todd Palin announced on Monday that he was backing Newt Gingrich for president, some speculated he was acting as a proxy for his wife. Not so, said Sarah Palin on FOX last night.

“First dude went rogue,” Sarah Palin told FOX Business Network’s Eric Bolling when asked whether her husband had consulted her before making the endorsement. “And I respect him for doing that.”

“Todd is all about hard hats and steel-toed boots and getting people to work,” she said. “Todd obviously believing that Newt Gingrich represents more of that connectivity to the working class and to what it’s going to incentivize the private sector to create jobs for the skilled workforce.”

Palin also spoke to Romney’s “firing” comment, saying that “in this era of huge joblessness in our country,” his remark showed “some tone deafness.”

“That statement, I think, really negatively affected a lot of people who feel downtrodden, can’t find and a job, and don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.

A Palin goes for Gingrich

Newt Gingrich may have been hoping for a Palin endorsement, but the one he announced Monday was probably not the one he was expecting.

The aspiring Republican presidential nominee said he received a call from former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s husband saying he would endorse him for president.

“Honored to be endorsed by Todd Palin.” Gingrich tweeted, though he did not mention anything about the more powerful Palin and if she had chosen whom to support in the 2012 campaign.

Leaked e-mail fuels Palin for president speculation

A leaked e-mail is providing more grist for speculation that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is seriously pondering a run for president in 2012.

USA/In the e-mail, Palin’s husband, Todd Palin, complained to Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller and Tim Crawford, treasurer for Palin’s SarahPAC political organization, after Miller declined to endorse the possibility of a Palin presidential candidacy.

Sarah Palin had endorsed Miller in his successful Senate Republican nomination fight against incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, and it is clear from the e-mail that Todd Palin expected some loyalty in return.

Palin’s financial disclosure: $1.25 mln advance for “Going Rogue”

The following is reported by Yereth Rosen in Anchorage, Alaska.

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin got a $1.25 million advance from HarperCollins for her soon-to-be-released memoir “Going Rogue.”

PALIN/Palin listed the advance, which she received while still governor, in the 2009 financial disclosure form filed Monday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. See the form on The Anchorage Daily News Web site.

“The Governor has complied with Alaska disclosure law by her filing yesterday. Now, as a private citizen, her business dealings, including her publishing agreement, are confidential,” Palin spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton said in an email.

Newsflash — Sarah Palin, wearing only a towel

WASHINGTON – Lots of news trickling in about Sarah Palin’s time on the campaign trail…

Like the time John McCain’s top aides Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter went to brief the fit 44-year-old Alaska governor in her hotel room at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul.

Here’s how Newsweek described it:  “After a minute, Palin sailed into the room wearing nothing but a towel, with another on her wet hair. She told them to chat with her laconic husband, Todd. ‘I’ll be just a minute,’ she said.”

Fashionistas prescribe tweezers for McCain, eye cream for Obama

In the wake her $150,000 wardrobe flap, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has complained that male politicians largely escape the scrutiny that she undergoes from the fashion police.

Not so fast. The Grooming Lounge, a Georgetown hair salon that coiffs many of Washington’s most powerful players, has weighed in with beauty tips for the men in the race.

Here’s what they have to say.

Republican John McCain: Slather on some “self tanning product” to exude a healthy glow, and tweeze the eyebrows. “Our research shows that the last five elections have been won by the candidate with more well-trimmed eyebrows,” the Grooming Lounge says.