Palin Burnishes her Populist Cred

Via The Ticket:  Sarah Palin dismisses Barbara Bush as a ‘blue blood’

In an interview Wednesday with radio host Laura Ingraham, Palin insisted that she loves the Bush family but called them "blue bloods who want to pick and choose their winners instead of allow competition to pick and choose the winners."

"I think the majority of Americans don’t want to put up with the blue bloods," Palin told Ingraham. "And I say it with all due respect, because I love the Bushes. "

This is in response to Barbara Bush noting that she would prefer that Palin remain in Alaska.

One the one hand, I suppose if there is a political family that would qualify as “blue bloods” these days, it would be the Bushes.  On the other, this isn’t about accuracy in labeling, but rather in Palin further positioning herself as the populist politician who is of the people and not one of those pesky elites.

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