In her initial Facebook reaction to Bin Laden's killing, Sarah Palin couldn't bring herself to mention the president's name, much less give him props. Then, last night in Colorado, she did a little better – she managed to get out a "president" – but went an entire speech without saying the "O" word, ABC reports:
"We want to thank our president," Palin said, but then she quickly shifted focus to the previous administration for having laid the groundwork.
"We thank President Bush for having made the right calls to set up this victory," Palin told a cheering crowd.
Later, Palin seemed to give President Obama credit for what she called a "tactical victory."
"The decision to insert American units in areas to hunt down and to kill bin Laden is an example of the needed decisive leadership that our troops deserve," Palin said, calling it a "proper use of force to protect America."
OK. It's like pulling teeth. But OK. Except – wait: What's this, from the 2008 presidential campaign?
The Alaska governor criticized Obama for advocating cross-border attacks into Pakistan without that nation's approval, disparaging him for suggesting that the U.S. should engage in "invading the sovereign territory of a troubled partner in the war against terrorism."
Not to mention this, from last year:
"His fundamental approach to terrorism is fatally flawed ... the real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor."
Now, of course, who gives a toss what Sarah Palin (or, say, Donald Trump) thinks about terrorism, right? But since she's on a steep slide into political irrelevance, we have to get our licks in while we can.