WASHINGTON--What! Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, palin' around with a group of elite journalists? She was, the Gridiron Club winter dinner, where she took shots at herself and the journos in the audience.
I'm taking a quick break from the dinner to file this, so I'm not ready to say yet if she has given one of those speeches that turned around her image. But in her 11 minute, 36 second speech, she did no harm to herself. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) speaks in about 15 minutes.
Some of Palin's lines:
"You betcha. Who talks that way?"
On deciding to speak to the Gridiron Club "Sometimes you just got to trust your instincts. And when you don"t, you end up in places like this."
"At least now I can put a face to the newspapers I do read."
"It's good to be here though, really, in front of this audience of leading journalists and intellectuals, or as I like to call it, a death panel."
On being on the same program as Frank "And I'm the controversial one?