Sarah Palin calls Kathy Griffin a "has-been."

From Wasilla to Washington.
March 7 2011 3:52 PM

Sarah Palin Weighs In on Vital Kathy Griffin Issue

And the Palin Meter dips accordingly

When we last checked in on Sarah Palin, she was acting something like a candidate, jabbing at political foes, including Barack Obama, and weighing in on the constitutionality of a Supreme Court decision. In a similar spirit, she crowed on Twitter this weekend when news broke that Democrats had given up on confirming Obama's pick for head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

But complicating the picture, Palin took to FoxNews on Saturday to tangle with a different sort of rival—Kathy Griffin, who is set to portray a Palin-esque character on Glee and whom Palin called  "a 50-year-old adult bully, a has-been comedian."  Taking potshots at fellow reality TV stars is standard operating procedure within the genre, of course. But the fact that Palin is operating within reality TV conventions must say something about the focus of her ambitions. Candidate Palin, in '08, took in stride rather gracefully Tina Fey's impression of her; celebrity Palin prefers to beef with those who mock her. The meter dips to 40 percent.

Previous Palin Meter Readings:

Advertisement

Friday, March 3, 2011: 45 percent

Tuesday, March 1, 2011: 51 percent

Noreen Malone is a senior editor at New York magazine.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

Even by Russian Standards, Moscow’s Anti-War March Was Surprisingly Grim

I Wrote a Novel Envisioning a Nigerian Space Program. Then I Learned Nigeria Actually Has One.

The Best Thing About the People’s Climate March in NYC

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Medical Examiner

Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  

A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.

The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers

John Oliver Debunks the Miss America Pageant’s Claim That It Gives Out $45 Million in Scholarships

Trending News Channel
Sept. 20 2014 11:13 AM Watch Flashes of Lightning Created in a Lab  
  News & Politics
The World
Sept. 22 2014 12:30 PM Turkey Just Got Forty-Six Hostages Back From ISIS. How Did That Happen?
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 22 2014 12:44 PM The U.S. Is So, So Far Behind Europe on Clean Energy
  Life
The Shortcut
Sept. 22 2014 12:31 PM Down With Loose Laces A simple trick to tighten your running shoes for good.
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 22 2014 12:29 PM Escaping the Extreme Christian Fundamentalism of "Quiverfull"
  Slate Plus
Science
Sept. 22 2014 8:08 AM Slate Voice: “Why Is So Much Honey Clover Honey?” Mike Vuolo shares the story of your honey.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 22 2014 12:22 PM The Age of the Streaming TV Auteur
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 22 2014 12:14 PM Family Court Rules That You Can Serve Someone With Legal Papers Over Facebook
  Health & Science
Science
Sept. 22 2014 12:15 PM The Changing Face of Climate Change Will the leaders of the People’s Climate March now lead the movement?
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.