Today's ADN.com daily briefing has this caption of the above still photo - "Gov. Sarah Palin, accompanied by Meg Stapleton, left, enters the Capital Hilton to attend the Alfalfa Club event Jan. 31, 2009, in Washington, D.C." However, the video (the last item in the column of goodies on the left of this blog) shows the whole story - Palin entered accompanied by Malek, along with Ms. Stapleton and another gentleman.
Today, the ADN reports, "The governor's office wouldn't say who invited Palin, but by tradition, each member is allowed two guests."
Now, why in the world would the Governor's office be so darned coy about Palin's big opportunity to be taken up by important Washington DC insider and Republican operative Fred Malek?
Let's be clear - The video at left clearly shows Fred Malek accompanying BS. You first really see Malek at the bottom of the stairway and once again quite clearly just before the end of the video, when he is at the top of the stairs. Even in the video, it seems like Palin is doing her best to distance herself from Malek by running up the stairs first in a rather unladylike manner.
Malek is easily identifiable because of his trademark silver panther white hair and distinctive profile.
Why does it matter that Malek decided to bring Palin to Washington DC for the first time since her failed '08 campaign, making sure that she was there to be counted as one of the insider elites? For one thing, showing up with Malek helps "legitimize" Palin, who is otherwise somewhat of a pariah, or at best a curiosity, in DC circles.
The ADN (Alaska Daily News) confirms this:
"Palin's invitation to the Alfalfa Club was "a coup," said Letitia Baldrige, who served as the White House social secretary and chief of staff to Jacqueline Kennedy. "It's something that everybody who's anybody in politics wants to be invited to," Baldrige said.
If a roasting by the most powerful people in America is a sign you've made it, then Palin had clearly arrived. Or, at the very least, was acknowledged Saturday night as one of the most interesting women in American politics.
And why is it that out of all these women, only Bad Sarah deliberately kept the identity of her escort under wraps?
In the past, Malek has been considered a rather unsavory operator. Today, perhaps he is a reformed unsavory operator. Perhaps not. Either way, it looks like he might have decided to perform a miracle for Palin - which is to resurrect her political career from the steaming ashes of her disastrous VP run.
It's all rather like "Frankenstein" meets "My Fair Lady".
(read "Anything For A Drink..." below for more background and links on this.)
UPDATE: Apparently Bad Sarah outdid herself this weekend - she also lied to the House Republicans - you know, just congressmen, not the elite operators of the party. Anyway, they asked her to their winter retreat, and she told them that pressing state business made it impossible to for her leave Alaska this weekend. Then of course she turned around and flew to DC for the best party of her political career. But why lie to House Republicans? Republicans who actually liked her apparently. The machinations of BS's mind are really too obscure for analysis.