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Elisabeth Hasselbeck blames Sarah Palin for lack of Mitt Romney coverage

Elisabeth Hasselbeck with Sarah Palin in 2008

This is a corrected post, see below

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who campaigned for Sarah Palin (oh, and John McCain) in 2008 is now complaining that the former governor is distracting media attention from Mitt Romney.

On a recent episode of "The View," Hasselbeck used an interesting analogy to argue that the hockey mom's "One Nation" tour was stealing the thunder from Romney's plan to improve the economy.

"If I had termites in my house I'd get someone in there who could deal with it," the former contestant on "Survivor" explained. "Mitt Romney, right now, his specialty is the economy. I'd have him in there. Here's why we're not hearing it: because Sarah Palin's on a bus and right now she's manipulating, in terms of media attention."

Hasselback's angst against the Alaskan may seem odd considering that in 2008 Hasselbeck guaranteed that if Palin made it to the White House she would fight D.C. corruption.

"Did I mention that this woman, she's got a real knack for cleaning. She cleaned up house in Alaska. Yep," Hasselbeck said while introducing Palin at a rally in Tampa, Fla., in 2008. "All that corruption went out with the trash. Now whatever the good ol' boys are up to these days, that has no place in her state -- no place. And Gov. Palin will use that same mop to clean up Washington and.....

Wall Street, guaranteed." This isn't the first time the talk show cohost has been critical of Palin. In 2010 Hasselbeck reluctantly agreed with "View" colleague Joy Behar over SarahPac's use of cross-hairs in an advertisement against Democrats in the House who voted for the healthcare overhaul.

[Correction: An earlier version of this post said that Hasselbeck was a former winner of "Survivor". While it's true that Hasselbeck did perform well on "Survivor: The Austrailian Outback," the tribe spoke on Day 39 and she finished fourth.]

Here's Hasselbeck in June 2011, upset that Palin's bus tour is taking attention from Romney:

 

Here's Hasselbeck introducing Palin in 2008:

 

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Photo: Palin was introduced by TV talk show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck at a campaign rally in Kissimee, Fla., in October 2008. Credit: Matt Stroshane / Getty Images.

 
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Old Mitt is history as soon as Sarah throws her hat in the ring and he knows it.

I find it interesting that Republicans are painted as rich, heartless, greedy, and just plain mean. Please read the comments of the liberals herein: so ugly. Watch chris mathers, robin, joy behar, all the msnbc guys....so ugly! Personal ugly stuff about Palin, or any Rep. politician. I do not personally know a republican like the one I described in the opening sentence-not one! Republicans are hard-workers and when they work hard and buy a nice house or car, the 'ner-do-wells, the druggies, the drop-outs, the lazy bums...don't like it! They want the hard workers to "share the wealth". Trust me, we are sharing-paying for their upkeep when they commit crimes, paying for their medical-you name it. (and look at them: tatoos everywhere, piercings, cell phones, cigerettes, beer...they can "afford" everything but housing, insurance, food, etc.) By the way, weiner does an atrocious thing, yet nbc started their broadcast tonite with sara palin.....hateful people sifting through her personal files, for the express purpose to DESTROY her! Now, that is ugly....mean-spirited and ugly.

Listen to the debates tonight to see who you think is most qualified. Sarah Palin is afraid to even answer questions --and yet she will still have her staff skew the voting with their multiple false votes. They have done this so often in Alaska polls that they were even able to do it to keep Bristol on Dancing with the Stars. I think that if Sarah is so pompous that she thinks she can win the nomination without even appearing at any debates, we should send a strong message to her that we will only vote for someone in the GOP who is willing to take the pressure. She can't step in at the last minute and attack the last man standing because he/she has used up all his money to get there. And nobody should just give her the title of Kingmaker and let her decide who should be the GOP or TeaParty Candidate. Polls say that Sarah Palin is unelectable-there are too many people who say they would NEVER vote for her. The smart thing would be to look for someone who can win--do not donate any more money to Sarah's PAC that she uses for her personal expenses-and just figure that her 15 minutes of fame were over long ago. She wants to be a celebrity-she wants to make all the decisions-she still thinks that she has an 80% approval rating-she thinks she can improve her ratings by criticizing Bachmann and Romney and others in her own Party-it is time to put this rent-a cheerleader and grifter on her PAC paid family bus and send her off to the most remote part of Alaska.

What do we expect when they have a host from the most liberal show on morning tv.? I would never watch the view. It is trash. If you are not a liberal they view you as not even worthy be allowed to express your beliefs , let alone live! They trashed Justin Bieber for believing in prolife. Especially the head 80 year old blond (cannot think of her name) and Whoopie, and that red headed 70 year old host. Can't think of her name either.

Lizzie dizzy Hasselbeck is the typical David Brooks are not Conservatives they're the abused pets that dumb Lefty's keep around to falsely proclaim their bi-partisanship.

LOL Glad to hear someone at sometime could agree with Joy Behar. Joy Behar, for the most part, is a twit. :-) Who in the world would think her view is worth anything. I can see her being ignorant but would think Barbara Walters would have had better sense than put J.B. on a panel that is supposed to have thoughts.

 
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