Opinion: Elisabeth Hasselbeck blames Sarah Palin for lack of Mitt Romney coverage


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Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who campaigned for Sarah Palin (oh, and John McCain) in 2008 is now complaining that the former governor is distracting media attention from Mitt Romney.

On a recent episode of ‘The View,’ Hasselbeck used an interesting analogy to argue that the hockey mom’s ‘One Nation’ tour was stealing the thunder from Romney’s plan to improve the economy.


‘If I had termites in my house I’d get someone in there who could deal with it,’ the former contestant on ‘Survivor’ explained. ‘Mitt Romney, right now, his specialty is the economy. I’d have him in there. Here’s why we’re not hearing it: because Sarah Palin’s on a bus and right now she’s manipulating, in terms of media attention.’

Hasselback’s angst against the Alaskan may seem odd considering that in 2008 Hasselbeck guaranteed that if Palin made it to the White House she would fight D.C. corruption.

‘Did I mention that this woman, she’s got a real knack for cleaning. She cleaned up house in Alaska. Yep,’ Hasselbeck said while introducing Palin at a rally in Tampa, Fla., in 2008. ‘All that corruption went out with the trash. Now whatever the good ol’ boys are up to these days, that has no place in her state -- no place. And Gov. Palin will use that same mop to clean up Washington and.....

Wall Street, guaranteed.’ This isn’t the first time the talk show cohost has been critical of Palin. In 2010 Hasselbeck reluctantly agreed with ‘View’ colleague Joy Behar over SarahPac’s use of cross-hairs in an advertisement against Democrats in the House who voted for the healthcare overhaul. [Correction: An earlier version of this post said that Hasselbeck was a former winner of ‘Survivor’. While it’s true that Hasselbeck did perform well on ‘Survivor: The Austrailian Outback,’ the tribe spoke on Day 39 and she finished fourth.]

Here’s Hasselbeck in June 2011, upset that Palin’s bus tour is taking attention from Romney:

Here’s Hasselbeck introducing Palin in 2008:



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