Since she and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) lost the election, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) has been going around blaming her problems on President Bush. Speaking to the Anchorage Daily News this past weekend, Palin said that the McCain-Palin ticket lost because of the Bush administration’s mistakes, including his “blunders” on national security:
Q. Why do you think your campaign lost?
A. I think the Republican ticket represented too much of the status quo, too much of what had gone on in these last eight years, that Americans were kind of shaking their heads like going, wait a minute, how did we run up a 10 trillion dollar debt in a Republican administration? How have there been blunders with war strategy under a Republican administration? If we’re talking change, we want to get far away from what it was that the present administration represented.
But today in her speech to the Republican Governors Association, Palin wholeheartedly embraced the President, making clear that she had been looking forward to a third Bush term:
PALIN: In politics, people sometimes go to great lengths to avoid stating the obvious, but I think it’s about time that we all remembered that the greatest measure of a president is whether he protected and defended this great country. America’s 43rd president took that foremost responsibility, that most important charge, seriously. He poured his life into it. He succeeded in keeping America safe from another attack.
I’m thankful he is my soldier son’s commander in chief and for that, I say God bless George W. Bush, and I thank you, Mr. President.