One Last Thing About the Palin Inquisition
In the comments, I keep hearing about how Sarah Palin’s personal life is relevant because she made it part of her campaign. Well, yeah – but that’s a reason not to scrutinize her personal life. In an age of 24-7 media, when a politician brings their personal life into a political campaign, they are quite literally and quite intentionally inviting people to scrutinize that life. They’re not terribly afraid of the results of that scrutiny – they either get to be portrayed as a uniquely relatable character, or they get to claim that they were smeared and play the part of the victim (sometimes both and sometimes even justifiably). The only way it can backfire on them is if no one talks about their personal life. Investigating their personal life plays right into their hands.
Or maybe I’m just too cynical about the average modern politician (but can you really blame me?).