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McCain / Palin Campaign to the Media: Drop Dead

Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin and the McCain campaign, apparently incensed that the media has focused on Mrs. Palin and her background as they try to figure out just who the hell this person is who just might become the leader of the free world, has decided to simply not talk to the media.

Does she feel that the Liberal Media is being unfair to her because she is a Republican, as she suggested in her acceptance speech on Wednesday night? Perhaps her experiences would elicit sympathies from Democratic Party icons Bill Clinton and John Edwards.

Marc Ambinder, writing at TheAtlantic.com, reported that, "A senior McCain campaign official advises that, despite the gaggle of requests and pressure from the media, Gov. Sarah Palin won't submit to a formal interview anytime soon. She may take some questions from local news entities in Alaska, but until she's ready -- and until she's comfortable -- which might not be for a long while -- the media will have to wait."

Until she's ready? WTF? One would think that the Republicans would have chosen a candidate for the second highest office in the land who would have been ready on day one. Effectively, the McCain campaign is saying that Mrs. Palin is not ready for the job for which she has been chosen.

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Per a piece at the Huffington Post, "According to Nicole Wallace of the McCain campaign, the American people don't care whether Sarah Palin can answer specific questions about foreign and domestic policy. (snip) ...the American people will learn all they need to know (and all they deserve to know) from Palin's scripted speeches and choreographed appearances on the campaign trail and in campaign ads." The Huffington Post has video of the exchange as it appeard on Joe Scarborough's morning show.

For some icing on the cake, Talking Points Memo has reported that an inordinate number of postive edits were added and negative points removed from the Wikipedia entry for Sarah Palin shortly before her Vice Presidential candidacy was announced.

Is it really because Mrs. Palin can't handle the media attention that she won't talk to the press? If so, how the hell is she going to deal with the likes of Dmitry Medvedev, Hu Jintao, or Otmar Hasler, much less such a menace as Osama Bin Laden? As anybody who watched John McCain's acceptance speech on Thursday night can tell you, it a very dangerous world out there. Do the Republicans seriously think that the American public does not deserve a thorough examination of a woman who will be a heartbeat away from the Presidency? Apparently so.

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