I am now hearing from the Karl Roves of the world that having a 17-year-old daughter get pregnant out of wedlock will sympathize Palin to millions who know the pain of that situation. But my question is, where was the advice?
The investigation into the firing of Walt Monegan will likely involve questioning of both Palin and her former chief of staff Tibbles. If Tibbles is truthful, he will likely provide evidence that Palin is lying.
The Palin nomination is not about external realities and what Democrats call "issues," but about the symbolic mechanisms of the political mind -- the worldviews, frames, metaphors, cultural narratives, and stereotypes.
If McCain had picked any of the far more experienced candidates on his short list, they would have come fully equipped with a long paper trail implicating them in the horror show that is the Republican Party of the last eight years.
We in the press need to be absolutely sure that when we strip subjects of their privacy over matters they do not want disclosed, we have some higher ethical justification. In this case, there was none.