First, we should have stuck to the warm, human interest stuff like how she likes mooseburgers and hit an important free throw at her high school basketball tournament even though she had a stress fracture.
Second, we should have stuck to the press release stuff like how she opposed the Bridge to Nowhere (after she supported it).
Third, we should never have strayed into the other stuff. Like when The Washington Post recently wrote: â€œPalin is under investigation by a bipartisan state legislative body. â€¦ Palin had promised to cooperate with the legislative inquiry, but this week she hired a lawyer to fight to move the case to the jurisdiction of the state personnel board, which Palin appoints.â€ Why go there? What trees does that plant?
Fourth, we should stop making with all the questions already. She gave a really good speech. And why go beyond that? As we all know, speeches cannot be written by others and rehearsed for days. They are true windows to the soul. Unless they are delivered by Barack Obama, that is. In which case, as Palin said Wednesday, speeches are just a â€œcloud of rhetoric.â€
Fifth, we should stop reporting on the families of the candidates. Unless the candidates want us to. Sarah Palin wanted the media to report on her teenage son, Track, who enlisted in the Army on Sept. 11, 2007, and soon will deploy to Iraq. Sarah Palin did not want the media to report on her teenage daughter, Bristol, who is pregnant and unmarried. Sarah Palin thinks that one is good for her campaign and one is not, and that the media should report only on what is good for her campaign. That is our job, and that is our duty. If that is not actually in the Constitution, it should be. (And someday may be.)
Long story short, the media won’t let the McCain camp bully them into submission. And as I mentioned in my previous post “The Weak, Sad Defense of Sarah Palin” it’s beyond hacky to limit access to a VP candidate people know absolutely nothing about.
The media will remedy this, one way or another, and the more Palin and McCain try to paint them as being sexist and partisan, the more independent voters will begin to call BS on that line of attack. And ultimately they’ll simply shy away from her and McCain because they simply won’t trust them.
So much for the apologies…