I'm referring to Sarah Palin's new contract with Fox News as a political host, analyst and whatever else they find for her to do for all of her star-struck supporters across the land. Neither the network nor Palin could contain their hyperbole in their overripe glee over the hot merger. "I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News," her prepared statement said. "It's wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news." That left little doubt among the Fox perps that they had made the fail-safe choice. While that disclosure refuting hitherto questions of fairness and balance was making its excited rounds, Bill Shine, a VIP at Fox, was equally ecstatic about adding "her dynamic voice" to Fox.
But even with Palin's celebrated star power, Roger Ailes, the guy who created the cash flowing megaphone at Fox Follies, had to step aside for a still higher deity. Palin , who has referred to her vice presidential candidacy as "God's plan," doubtless attributes her latest job as a continuation of that heavenly course. Humbly, of course.
That was the Pope Urban II's battle cry - "God wills it" - to the motley French knights on the first crusade, many of whom never made it back alive. But how can you deny Palin's attribution of good fortune to her God without engaging in a fruitless debate that has been around since 1095? I would suggest that it was in fact Palin's own plan that has been in the works for several years, one step at a time as beauty contestant, small town mayor, governor, author(?), and now the leading lady on Fox. She still has a way to go to the Oval Office, but for now, Fox News - fair and balanced speaking - will have to do until something better comes along. .