WASHINGTON (CNN) – Todd Palin, the normally reticent husband of Alaska governor Sarah Palin, isn't hung up on the ups-and-downs of the 2008 presidential campaign.
He'd rather spend his time snowmobiling than politicking, according to a profile of the so-called 'First Dude' in the upcoming issue of Men's Journal.
But in an interview with the magazine conducted a few weeks before the 2009 Tesoro Iron Dog race - in which he ended up finishing in sixth - Palin did manage to offer up a few reflections on his wife's vice presidential bid.
For instance, his take on the anonymous sniping from McCain staffers in the final weeks of the campaign:
"I'm not going to get wrapped around the axles on a few people's comments - 'She's a diva,' or whatever," Palin said. "There was no name attached to that, so who knows if it's really true. I mean, all the little negative stuff out there that's been exploited? To me? I have nothing but respect for the McCains, because they're a class act."
As for Sarah Palin's detractors in Alaska, Todd said "they get bent out of shape."
"They're so full of anger, you know?," he said. "I mean, why wouldn't anybody be proud of one of their citizens being nominated to the VP? Unless you're just a real hater?"
The magazine said Palin became slightly defensive when asked about the RNC-financed $150,000 wardrobe provided to his wife during the campaign, a PR fiasco that undermined her image as an "average hockey mom."
"That was out of our control," he said. "She never went to Saks, or any of that stuff. You come into a campaign late, you put all your trust into the team, you got people who are working on VP ops for a long time, and we're just focused on debate prep."
Palin said he "couldn't give a rat's ass about clothes."
"Please. I mean these are my Sunday go-to-meeting jeans! We're just the opposite of all that, more like, 'Man, you better clean up.' Me, anyway."
Despite the rough waters, he stressed that he and his wife are hardly political neophytes.
"You got to remember, it’s not like they just plucked us off the fishing boat with scales still under our nails, you know?," he said. "My wife’s been in politics a long time. We’ve been through some tough campaigns.”