Sunday, September 14, 2008

Palinmania

10,000 people queue up to see Sarah Palin at a facility that will hold 3,500.

The post also notes that an appearance here in Colorado was overbooked.

Here's a report from the Rocky's David Montero:

Her appearance with John McCain in Colorado Springs a week ago drew 10,000 people on short notice. Her campaign had to scrap plans to serve a pancake breakfast during Palin's appearance Monday, saying the demand for tickets was so great there wasn't enough room for tables and chairs to accommodate 5,000 people.


Look, I have no idea if she's prepared to be vice president, which is not to question whether she's qualified. (If Obama's qualified for the top of the ticket, she's certainly qualified for the No. 2 slot.)

In her ABC interviews this past week, Charles Gibson actually threw her a few softballs on domestic policy, asking her where she'd cut spending and what she'd do about Social Security. She swung and missed, in my view.

Decide for yourself. Here's the transcript.

That said, there's something about the prestige media's approach to her that may tend to further marginalize organizations like The New York Times and The Washington Post.

This piece in the Sunday New York Times attempts to reveal a vindictive pol with a secretive style, but it seems thin to me. Attempting to shield e-mails from public view is a very troubling thing, if that's at all an indicator of how she would govern. (Dick Cheney the hockey mom?) But the rest of it isn't convincing at all.

As for her testy relations with other Alaska pols, how about this for a contrary narrative: Palin tried to become active in Alaska politics through conventional Republican circles. She soon learned that the insular party didn't cotton to outsiders like her. So when she found out she couldn't rise through the ranks in a traditional way, and that the party was rife with cronyism and corruption, she railed against it ... and had some success.

It's quite possible she entered politics with no intent of being a reformer. But that's where she wound up. And her former adversaries (from both parties) aren't at all happy about her rise.

Is this a credible narrative? I have no idea. But I'd really appreciate some fair-minded reporters checking it out.

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