I used to say, during the election when Sarah Palin would inevitably be compared to Margaret Thatcher, that Thatcher would eat her for breakfast and then have McCain for a tasty midmorning snack. Looks like Maggie may have to polish up the carving knives:

Sarah Palin, the once obscure governor from Alaska who is shaking up rightwing politics across America, is promising to honour the woman she calls the Iron Lady by visiting Britain to see Margaret Thatcher.

Today Palin told her 1,630,386 Facebook friends that she was in discussions about meeting the baroness. In typically convoluted Palin language, she said she had received an invitation for a visit to London that “included the offer of arranging a meeting” with Thatcher.

The post came a day after the Mail on Sunday reported that Palin herself had made the approach, with her people contacting Thatcher’s office to ask for an audience. The Mail said Thatcher had agreed to see her, though no date has been specified.


Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel is a 10-year veteran of the newspaper business. She publishes First Draft, a writing and politics blog, with her partners Holden, Jude and Scout. She is the author of the books Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs (2011, Arcadia Publishing, with Mike Danahey) and It Doesn’t End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal, about a great liberal journalism institution (2007, Heritage Books). She also edited the anthology “Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith and the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War” (2005, William, James & Co.) Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Daily Southtown, Sirens Magazine, and Alternet. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two ferrets, and approximately 60 tons of books.