Palin takes hockey mom routine overseas for Hong Kong speech

Fourteen months ago, few people had heard of Wasilla, Alaska, nor its former mayor, Sarah Palin. That changed in late August 2008, when Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) chose Gov. Palin as his vice presidential running mate. Of course, McCain and Palin lost their bid for the White House, and in July, Palin resigned as Alaska's governor in the wake of 15 ethics complaints, $500,000 in legal fees, and revelations in Vanity Fair that she was on the verge of divorce -- and that she can't hunt moose.

But now that she's out of Alaska, she can get herself ready for her 2012 presidential bid. This brings us to Palin's recent speech to investors in Hong Kong. An outfit called CLSA, owned by a French bank, paid Palin an undisclosed amount that the New York Times suggested could be $300,000 to speak to an audience of major investors.