Team McCain, in their efforts to protect the Precious Princess, conveniently ignores this fact. They would like the public to accept the Precious Princess as a rootin'-tootin', moose shootin' ball-buster, while whining about the media meanies who just totally have it in for her. (Cambell Brown, meanwhile, has called them on their general dishonesty. Somehow, I don't remember the Clinton White House insisting on similar kid-glove treatment of La Hill.)
Meanwhile, Tzipi Livni
The personal notes that creep in are -- no surprise -- introduced by the North American media. So B'nai Brith Canada reveals that "she prefers jeans to a suit and sneakers to high heels, and has been a vegetarian since age 12." That matters about as much as whether Stephen Harper sees himself as a strawberry or a box of raisins. And the day Livni won, a Canadian story led off with the victory of "a stylish 50-year-old former Mossad spy and mother of two." Would any newly elected male leader be described as "a natty 50-year-old father of two"?
You have to turn to the Israeli press to learn that Livni's appeal is not focused around the hobbies she and her husband enjoy -- as is too much of the emphasis on Palin -- but on her reputation for being intelligent, a straight-talker and a politician who is untainted by scandal. As Israeli foreign minister, she served as chief negotiator for the Palestinian talks.
That's where Team McCain misfired. They wanted a People Magazine/Ladies' Home Journal candidate, at a time when the tabloid mentality is weirdly obsolete. All of a sudden, with the events of the past two weeks, nobody cares of Palin can field dress a moose anymore.