Elisabeth Hasselbeck can't get Sarah Palin to return her calls?
Apparently one reason the former "Survivor" contestant complained recently that Palin's bus tour was distracting the media from Mitt Romney's message is because Hasselbeck is miffed at Palin for giving her the cold shoulder.
"Elisabeth feels used by Sarah," an unnamed friend of Hasselbeck's told Rob Shute of celebrity blog Pop Eater. "When she needed her, she was all over Elisabeth, and now she treats her like a stranger."
"It’s sad," the source said, adding that "Elisabeth has reached out to her several times but she never responds."
On a recent episode of "The View," Hasselbeck used a creative analogy to argue that the hockey mom's "One Nation" bus tour was eclipsing the media attention 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," Hasselbeck said. "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."
In 2008 Hasselbeck was on Palin's side, guaranteed that if the Alaskan made it to the White House as vice president to Sen. John McCain 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."
It appears that Palin needs to clean up her apparent tiff with "The View" co-host if she really does have aspirations for political office, because with friends like these, who needs Democrats?
-- Tony Pierce
Photo: Elisabeth Hasselbeck introducing Sarah Palin at a campaign rally in Kissimee, Fla., in October 2008. Credit: Matt Stroshane / Getty Images.