A Tale of Two Palin Profiles
The New York Times Magazine gets the governor right.
10:04 AM, Nov 17, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Earlier this fall, Vanity Fair published an error-ridden and badly sourced hatchet job on Sarah Palin. It was par for the course. But it was disappointing nonetheless for anyone who hoped that, one day, the mainstream media would actually take Palin seriously and cover her in a responsible manner.
Well, I'm pleased to report that that day has finally arrived. Anyone interested in Sarah Palin's future, or in the 2012 Republican presidential race, ought to read Robert Draper's New York Times Magazine cover story this week. Draper did the unthinkable--he conducted on-the-record interviews with Palin and her team, rather than rely on anonymous quotes from Palin's enemies. The result is an excellent piece of reporting that treats Palin in a relatively sympathetic manner. The article delves into her decision to resign the governorship of Alaska in July 2009. It provides the best (though still incomplete) glimpse into Palin's team to appear in a mainstream publication since the 2008 campaign. It testifies to Palin's political cunning. It hints at Palin's future as a possible presidential candidate. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
Will Palin run for president? No one knows for sure—including, in all probability, Sarah and Todd Palin. What Draper's piece reveals is that, if Palin does run, she will campaign not only against the Obama Democrats but also against a Republican establishment that betrayed its principles and let down the country in the first decade of the 21st century. Fortunately for Palin, her sentiments jibe with widespread perceptions of the GOP. Quote:
Palin sounds like a candidate in the Draper profile. Question is, do the other possible candidates know how to handle her? Does anyone?