A new in-depth profile of Sarah Palin in Vanity Fair is creating controversy in America. The author has denied that it is an anti-Palin hit-piece:
Individually, the stories recounted in the article amount to not much more than tittle tattle and innuendo, and most of the interviews are anonymous. However together they add up to paint a pretty disturbing picture of Palin.I couldn't believe these stories either when I first heard them, and I started this story with a prejudice in her favor. I have a lot in common with this woman. I'm a small-town person, I'm a Christian, I think that a lot of her criticisms of the media actually have something to them. And I think she got a bum ride, but everybody close to her tells the same story.
Forget the woman's political opinions for a moment (scary as they are). Simply on the basis of her personality she is unfit to be anywhere near power, and the fact that she remains one of the top personalities within the Republican party is terrifying. However, she is hated by the GOP top brass, and hopefully after the Tea Party frenzy of this autumn, the party will come back within the earth's orbit in time for the Presidential nomination campaign, and choose somebody relatively sane like Mitt Romney. Otherwise, if in some horrible parallel universe she became POTUS, we'll be looking at end-of-the-Roman-Empire era stuff.I end up in the living room of Colleen Cottle, who is the matriarch of one of Wasilla’s oldest families, and who served on the city council when Palin was mayor. She says she and her husband, Rodney, will pay a price for speaking candidly about Palin. Their son is one of Todd Palin’s best friends. “But it is time for people to start telling the truth,” Colleen says. She describes the frustrations of trying to do city business with a mayor who “had no attention span—with Sarah it was always ‘What’s the flavor of the day?’ ”; who was unable to take part meaningfully in conversations about budgets because she “does not understand math or accounting—she only knows buzzwords, like ‘balanced budget’ ”; and who clocked out after four hours on most days, delegating her duties to an aide—“but he’ll never talk to you, because he has a state job and doesn’t want to lose it.” This type of conversation is repeated so often that Wasilla starts to feel like something from The Twilight Zone or a Shirley Jackson short story—a place populated entirely by abuse survivors.
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