Sarah Palin Shocked by the Price of Slim Jims

Slim Jims.
Slim Jims. Photo: ConAgra Foods

In a new Newsweek profile, Sarah Palin both implies that she's still interested in running for president ("There needs to be a larger field. And there’s still time") and that she's not ("I’m not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around"). As those two competing sentiments cancel each other out, we will now devote the remainder of this post to Palin's reaction to the price of Slim Jims:

“I was ticked off at Todd yesterday,” she said. “He walks into a gas station as we’re driving over from Minnesota. He buys a Slim Jim—we’re always eating that jerky stuff—for $2.69. I said, ‘Todd, those used to be 99 cents, just recently!’ And he says, ‘Man, the dollar’s worth nothing anymore.' A jug of milk and a loaf of bread and a dozen eggs—every time I walk into that grocery store, a couple of pennies more...”

Has the price of a Slim Jim really gone up about 170 percent "recently"? We haven't bought a Slim Jim in about fifteen years, but that sounds impossible. Still, it's just a meaningless anecdote. We may be skeptical, but is Palin's knowledge of Slim Jims really an issue worth digging into? Yes, it is. Stay tuned.

Palin Plots Her Next Move [Newsweek]