Actual AP Headline

So we know what Election 2008’s winners are doing these days. There’s an Oval Office to visit. A Cabinet to build. Football games to attend. But what about the two who came up short? What are they up to?

Well, the AP reports: “Palin spends time sorting through clothes.”

Specifically, Palin’s father, Chuck Heath, told the AP that Gov. Palin spent “part of the weekend going through her clothing to determine what belongs to the Republican Party after it spent $150,000-plus on a wardrobe for the vice presidential nominee.”

“She was just frantically … trying to sort stuff out,” Heath said. “That’s the problem, you know, the kids lose underwear, and everything has to be accounted for.”


In Wasilla, her hometown backers welcomed her, putting aside their disappointment over her unsuccessful bid.

Jessica Steele can’t wait to see what Sarah Palin does next - not with her political career, but with her hair.

“That’s something I want to talk to her about: What’s our vision for her hair?” says Steele, proprietor of the Beehive Beauty Shop and keeper of the governor’s up-do since 2002.

UPDATE: The Anchorage Daily News outlines “What’s Ahead for Gov. Palin? Seven challenges.” While finding a new “vision for her hair” is not one of them, the “bonus challenge” is “the news media” (“Deciding just how open and transparent she wants to be — now that she’s a national figure under intense scrutiny — is yet another challenge for Palin…”)

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.