Friday, January 9th 2009, 2:59 AM
In an interview posted Thursday on the Web, the former Republican veep nominee complains that Kennedy's blue-blood pedigree will get her softball treatment from the press as she chases Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate seat.
"I've been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope," Palin told conservative filmmaker John Ziegler.
"I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be," she added.
Apparently, Palin missed widely reported stories mocking Kennedy's frequent use of "you knows" and "ums" in interviews as well as reports on her spotty voting record in local elections.
"I did see that Tina Fey was named entertainer of the year, and Katie Couric's ratings have risen," Palin said. "I know that a lot of people are capitalizing on, oh, I don't know, perhaps some exploiting that was done via me, my family, my administration - that's a little bit perplexing, but it also says a great deal about our society."
The Alaska governor was particularly upset with an "SNL" skit during which Fey-as-Palin said, "I believe marriage is meant to be a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers."
"The mama grizzly rises up in me, hearing things like that," she said.