Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s late-night tweet was prompted by a gaffe that occurred during Fox Sports’ coverage of a NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.
The incident began when Fox Sports NASCAR commentator Michael Waltrip, talking about the crew chief for one of the drivers, used the term “master strategery” when he intended to say “master strategist.” Realizing his mistake, Waltrip referred to the crew chief as having “Palin strategery.” Waltrip and Fox Sports host Chris Myers then laughed at Waltrip’s anti-Palin joke.
Palin, however, has never used the word “stategery” except in a joking manner.
The word was coined more than a decade ago in a Saturday Night Live sketch in which comedian Will Ferrell portrayed President George W. Bush.
Twitter reaction to Waltrip’s comments was uniformly negative:
@mw55 Strategery was George W, not Palin….. Keep politics out of NASCAR.
— ? E. J. K. ? (@TheTrueRaceFan) March 10, 2013
— clayjohanson (@clayjohanson) March 10, 2013
In response to Palin’s tweet, Waltrip offered an olive branch via Twitter, calling her “one [of] my fav people on earth” and posting a photo of himself with Sarah and Todd Palin.
— Michael Waltrip (@MW55) March 13, 2013
However, he did not apologize.
Ironically, Myers (the Fox Sports host who thought Waltrip’s anti-Palin smear was funny) posted a tweet decrying “haters” on Monday:
I have seen the decent side of people on twitter and I thank you for that.. Haters need not apply.. We can disagree but rude will be banned
— Chris Myers (@The_ChrisMyers) March 11, 2013
Takes one to know one.
Hat tip: Rick Evans.