Gretchen: Downplayin’ Palin?

Playing up to the “too perfect” Mitt Romney?* In part 3 of her exclusive interview with the probable 2012 GOP presidential candidate and author of No Apology: The Case for American Greatness on his bucolic estate, Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson asked him about Sarah Palin (whether she would splinter the GOP with the formation of a third party). In response, Romney replied that he did not think that Palin would but that she was a “great energizing member of the party” with “good ideas that have galvanized a lot of support for the party. In a follow-up, Gretchen asked, “[S]he’s sold hundreds and thousands of books, does that intimidate you as you go out on your book tour. [Italics added for emphasis.]

When the author heard Gretchen’s query, he had to rewind the proverbial tape. No, she did not say, “hundreds of thousands” but “hundreds and thousands.” N.B. Even though the interview was a couple of weeks ago (according to Gretchen), Palin’s book sales of Going Rogue had sold over a million copies and the print run had been increased from 1.5 to 2.8 million by December 1, 2009.

Maybe, Gretchen was merely careless. Or, perhaps, she simply preferred this presidential candidate who she later alluded to as “too perfect” and ” too well together.”* Regardless, her co-host Brian Kilmeade appeared to feel the need to note Palin’s significant sales numbers, albeit indirectly: Later, after part 4 of the interview, Brian remarked, “It’s going to be interesting because his book comes out, and you have the numbers from Sarah Palin’s book, and, you wonder if that’s going to blast off like hers did.”

*Full quote (Gretchen): “And, I was discussing with Ann some of the things that catch on, like, for example, people said, “Oh, well, Mitt Romney just is too perfect; he’s too well put together; [and] his hair is always in place. And, somehow, that suddenly became a negative. Was that surprising to you?”

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