It started with a plea. David Brock, founder and CEO of the left-leaning watchdog group Media Matters for America, said Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin needed to step up as a conservative leader of the Republican Party. He also called on News Corp. to cut the cord with Fox News host Glenn Beck for stirring the political pot.
"(Palin) is the one person in this country right now, today, who in the national interest, just in the moment to put partisanship aside, could pull this country back from the precipice of another Oklahoma City," Brock said Oct. 26 on MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell." "And that's what a real leader does, that's what we're asking."
Two days later, Beck put the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate on the spot.
"As somebody that they don't always agree with but they respect, as a real leader, it's time," Beck told Palin on the radio. "It's time to make a choice."
What did the queen of the mama grizzlies have to say? She referenced Honest Abe.
"I go back to what Abraham Lincoln said about standing with anybody that stands right," Palin told Beck. "You stand with him when he's right and you part with him when he goes wrong. I stand with you, Glenn."
In a subsequent interview, Brock said he was "disappointed" by Palin's response, according to The New York Times.
"I actually thought when I left the office last night that there was a serious chance she would address this in a serious way," Brock reportedly said. In another statement, Brock claimed Palin "now associates herself with acts of violence and the insane conspiracy theories and hate speech behind them."