Free Sarah Palin!

September 24, 2008

Campbell Brown goes after the Palin press blackout:

As I have pointed out before, I have a soft spot for Campbell, but I’m afraid I have to disagree with her here. I am as outraged about her being hidden from the press as the next 16th-century-ruler-turned-U.S.-political-blogge, but I think attributing it to sexism is absurd – though she is far from the first to make this claim. It might be the case that the McCain camp thinks they can get away with sequestering her because people in general are sexist, but there is no reason to think they are themselves suffering from sexist delusions.

McCain’s people want to shield Sarah Palin from reporters not because they think women can’t handle tough questions, but because they think Sarah Palin can’t handle tough questions. And they’re presumably right. She certainly has no experience dealing with the national media. She apparently had almost no information about the world beyond North America until a few weeks ago. She didn’t look very adept in the Gibson interview. And there is a mountain of scandals and patent lies about which no sensible campaign would want her questioned.

Sexism is at worst a pretext here. The McCain camp will keep Palin hidden until the media makes them suffer for it. This has nothing to do with their views on women, and everything to do with their knowing what’s good for them.

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