The New Yorker has a great article on how Sarah Palin met some real insider Washington pundits long before she was nominated for Vice President. The names are familiar....Dick Morris, Bill Kristol, Michael Gerson.
Two cruise ships brought these journalists to Alaska... They met Palin, and fell in love with her! Interesting that there seemed to be no women journalists on the trip.
Below are excerpts from the article...
...Fred Barnes [magazine’s executive editor and the co-host of “The Beltway Boys,” a political talk show on Fox News] recalled being “struck by how smart Palin was, and how unusually confident. Maybe because she had been a beauty queen, and a star athlete, and succeeded at almost everything she had done.” It didn’t escape his notice, too, that she was “exceptionally pretty.”
...Jay Nordlinger, a senior editor at National Review, had a more elemental response. In an online column, he described Palin as “a former beauty-pageant contestant, and a real honey, too. Am I allowed to say that? Probably not, but too bad.”...[Dick] Morris wrote, “I will always remember taking her aside and telling her that she might one day be tapped to be Vice-President, given her record and the shortage of female political talent in the Republican Party. She will make one hell of a candidate, and hats off to McCain for picking her.”Fred Barnes recalled being “struck by how smart Palin was, and how unusually confident. Maybe because she had been a beauty queen, and a star athlete, and succeeded at almost everything she had done.”Michael Gerson called her “a mix between Annie Oakley and Joan of Arc.”
...[Bill] Kristol predicted on “Fox News Sunday” that “McCain’s going to put Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, on the ticket.” He described her as “fantastic,” saying that she could go one-on-one against Obama in basketball, and possibly siphon off Hillary Clinton’s supporters. He pointed out that she was a “mother of five” and a reformer. “Go for the gold here with Sarah Palin,” he said......On July 22nd, ...on Fox, Kristol referred to Palin as “my heartthrob.” He declared, “I don’t know if I can make it through the next three months without her on the ticket.”As Jack Fowler, National Review’s publisher... said, “This lady is something special. She connects. She’s genuine... more
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