TAMPA, Fla. -- Sarah Palin has seemed content to sit out the big Republican show here this week. She campaigned earlier in the week in Arizona for GOPHouse candidates and said she was happy to leave the limelight to others, four years after her star turn at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.
But Palin clearly figured she would have at least one brief moment connected to the 2012 convention and that it would come Wednesday, when U.S. Sen. John McCain, her running mate, got his chance to speak to the party gathering.
It didn’t happen.
Palin said via Facebook: “I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight.”
It was unclear exactly how much air time the former Alaska governor expected to grab, but she’s a fairly regular contributor, particularly on "Hannity" and Greta van Susteren’s “On the Record.”
Fox News, on the other hand, was never seen as entirely embracing McCain, the onetime Vietnam War veteran who alienated hard-line conservatives by compromising with Democrats on issues such as campaign finance reform and immigration.