In another stop on her post-election media tour, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin visits The Situation Room this evening and tells CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she would consider it an "honor" to serve in an Obama administration...but also stands by her campaign attacks on Obama's relationship with former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers. From the Political Ticker:
"And I speak for other Republicans and Republican governors, also," said Palin, whom Sen. John McCain tapped as his running mate in August. "They would be willing also to seize this opportunity that we have to progress this nation together, in a united front."
But asked moments later about some of the tough rhetoric she hurled from the stump, she said she was "still concerned" about Obama's ties to former Weather Underground member-turned-Chicago college professor William Ayers.
"If anybody still wants to talk about it, I will," she said. "Because this is an unrepentant domestic terrorist who had campaigned to blow up, to destroy our Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol.
"That's an association that still bothers me, and I think it's fair to still talk about it," she continued. "However the campaign is over. That chapter is closed. Now is the time to move on and make sure all of us are doing all that we can to progress this nation."
Curious. We suspect that as long as she keeps hammering Ayers, the offers to serve the Obama administration won't be forthcoming.
Politico adds that Palin pricked up ears with an incomplete answer when Blitzer pressed her on a possible impending Senate opening in Alaska. Her squishy response:
I believe that I have -- I feel I have a contract with Alaskans to serve. I've got two more years in my term. I'm going to serve Alaskans to the best of my ability. At this point it is as governor.
Now if something shifted dramatically and if it were, if it were acknowledged up there that I could be put to better use for my state in the U.S. Senate, I would certainly consider that, but that would take a special election and everything else. I am not one to appoint myself or a member of my family to take the place of any vacancy.
If convicted felon Ted Stevens is declared the winner of that as-yet-undecided race and is forced to resign, the state will in fact be required to hold a special election to fill the vacancy. Alaska's onetime practice of Governors using appointments to fill such open seats was discontinued after Palin's predecessor Frank Murkowski appointed his daughter Lisa to his Senate seat when he was elected Governor in 2002. So Palin would not be allowed to appoint herself to finish out Stevens' term even if she wanted to.
(The NRSC denies having recruited her for the seat...but its job in the short-term is still to ensure a Stevens victory.)
Tomorrow Palin will address the Republican Governors Association meeting in Miami about the future of the GOP writ large. Pundits, partisans, and even casual observers will be listening for clues about where she sees herself in that future.