Last night's "Sarah Palin's Alaska" on TLC was like last week's episode: A whole lot of Palin image-crafting, coupled with promotion of Alaska's tourism industry. Once again, the hour was picturesque and kind of boring, except those lively moments when Sarah Palin says something bold and amusing that has political subtext.
Among the highlights: Sarah, Todd, and Bristol go to the shooting range to shoot clay pigeons. Sarah puts in red-white-and-blue earplugs. "Shoot to where it's going, not to where it's been," she advises Bristol, and, with extra emphasis: "Don't retreat, just reload."
Sarah tells us she had her first baby shower at the shooting range. "And I love to share that story 'cause it gets the liberals all wee-wee-ed up." Bristol gets annoyed with her mother at the shooting range and snaps, "Mom, take your prom-hair home!" Sarah enjoys her feisty daughter.
Sarah explains that Bristol, a "Dancing With the Stars" finalist this week, is feeling hounded by the media. "So often, what it is that she does ends up in the tabloids because of someone that she had been associated with," Sarah says. I assume Sarah means Levi Johnston, and not herself...
Their mother-daughter bonding involves billy-clubbing halibut. "It felt awesome gettin' some aggression out," Bristol says about clubbing. Then Sarah says, "I was proud of Bristol. She got that billy club and she started stunnin' those fish. I was looking at her out of the corner of my eye thinkin' I wonder what she's picturin' as she's makin' her mark there on those fish."
I assume Sarah means Levi Johnston, and not herself... or us!
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