In Monday’s premier of ABC’s rebooted ladies’ talk show The View, co-hostess Rosie Perez asked the show’s designated Republican when she felt the urge to “pop” vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
Perez, a star of the late 1980s who has been largely out of the spotlight in the 21st century, talked violence against the former Alaska governor and colorful Republican kingmaker during a wide-ranging discussion with new Viewster Nicolle Wallace, a Republican campaign strategist who worked in the George W. Bush administration and on the 2008 presidential campaign of John McCain.
“Can I have three specific questions?” Perez asked during a Palin pile-on. “One, what was it like when you first met her? Two, did the winking get on your nerves? And three, when did you want to just pop her?”
Audience members and other View panelists laughed and applauded, and Wallace, whose relationship with Palin became strained during the catastrophic McCain campaign, did little to stick up for McCain’s running mate. Throughout Monday’s show, Wallace, who occupies a seat once held by current Fox & Friends anchorwoman Elisabeth Hasselbeck, was treated as an exotic but probably harmless curiosity by her co-panelists, who were notably straightforward about her status as the show’s token Republican.
Returning View lady Rosie O’Donnnell also asked Wallace about her involvement in President Bush’s low-key response to Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, which critics believed showed the administration to be out of touch with ordinary working Americans. Wallace dispelled this notion by pointing out that at the time she was having her lavish wedding on the Greek island of Mykonos.
Palin’s family was reportedly involved in a brawl outside an Anchorage house party Saturday night, with Palin’s own role in the struggle unclear. The Washington Post here jokes about its own earlier misreporting on the incident, adding that the former mayor of Wasilla was in “full mama grizzly mode” while apparently trying to restore order.