“I will not be made a fool of! Do you hear me?”

Poor Sarah Palin. First, hubby blows the snow machine race across Alaska last Saturday, winding up in sixth place and denying Palin her cut of the purse. Then yesterday, publishing giant Simon & Schuster shipped Palin’s "unauthorized"  biography, authored by an assistant editor from People Magazine, in which we glean such juicy, family dynamic tidbits as:

 Palin also was aware Trig had been diagnosed with Down syndrome but did not disclose this to her four other children until his Trig’s birth last April 18, several weeks after she went public with her pregnancy.

In addition, the author gleefully told reporters, "I write a whole chapter about Todd and why she was attracted to him . . . It’s called ‘I like a man in Carhartts."

Carhartt’s and silk boxers, if I recall correctly.  Whether this book is "the intimate portrait of Sarah Palin that America has been looking for" has not yet been confirmed by anyone without a financial interest in its success.

Okay, as if it’s not quite bad enough that your husband’s a loser and some trashy celebrity magazine writer pens a book about you without your clubbed seal of approval (although your mom, dad, sister, and close friends don’t seem to have a problem with talking to reporters), your Jezebel of a daughter goes on Fox News and pretty much tells the world that she thinks your views on abstinence-only education are, like, retarded!  How much more can one prima donna stand?

Erm, how about this? Remember that per diem you had the state pay you for staying home in Wasilla, Sarah?  Looks like you’re going to owe back taxes to the government. Lots of taxes. Mmmyeeah, we’re gonna need you to come in on Saturday.

It does seem like the pressure on Palin has been building since her return home from the campaign.  According to the Washington Post, several weeks ago, Palin attended a bipartisan retreat with Alaskan legislators.  It wasn’t all wolf-shooting and polar bear-drowning good fun, though:

Would the governor, a smiling [Republican assemblyman] Stevens asked, like to share some of her plans and proposals for the coming legislative session?

Palin looked around the room and paused, according to several senators present. "I feel like you guys are always trying to put me on the spot," she said finally, as the room became silent.

Just to refresh your recollection — you sought out that spotlight, sweetheart.  You should have read the small print in the contract before you signed on to be the New Face of the Republican Party.  Deal with it.

Now pass the strawberries.