She doesn’t want it. Maybe someone smarter than me can explain to me why pay raises have any relationship to fiscal conservatism, or the lack of same. If that’s the standard, there are no fiscal conservatives, at least in politics. Not many politicians say no to pay raises. In addition to that, there’s also a difference between spending public (taxpayer) money and donor money. This does not matter to Sarah Palin’s detractors.
Fiscal conservatism, in terms of its relationship to government, should be defined as the way public money is spent and allocated. It doesn’t have anything to do with Sarah Palin’s personal spending, or her accepting pay raises as governor, or even allowing the RNC to spend $150,000 on a VP wardrobe. (Although I don’t think the RNC itself has any credibility as fiscally conservative because of the actions of its membership in Congress…)
The election is over. Leave Governor Palin alone. There’s no guarantee she’s going to try again, or any guarantee that she will do enough in 4-8 years to become a credible candidate for President. Let’s see what happens, and who else may emerge from the Republican chaos of 2008 to become a contender.