These days, Gov. Sarah Palin seems like a candidate trying to wriggle free of her handlers.
On Sunday night, she twice took questions from reporters, the first time on an airport tarmac without her press staff's knowledge.
After landing in Colorado Springs late Sunday, Ms. Palin marched over to a local television crew and began answering questions on camera, sending the traveling press corps sprinting in pursuit, and her press staff scrambling.
"Get Tracey," one campaign aide barked into his headset, calling for Tracey Schmitt, Ms. Palin's ever-watchful spokeswoman, who rushed over to supervise the impromptu press conference. (Ms. Schmitt, looking distressed, tried several times to cut it off with a terse "Thank you!" in between questions, to no avail.)