Vanity Fair doesn’t tell us anything that Palin-watchers (er, Palin-stomachers) didn’t already know.
called the McCain/Palin ticket “a marriage of convenience”—and a “fiasco.”The Vanity Fair profile is just sort of weird. Paragraph two mentions her “red Naughty Monkey Double Dare pumps.” Later in the piece she’s compared to a “phenomenon” a la Anna Nicole Smith. But the author does acknowledge the role sexism played in the campaign:
“Another aspect of the Palin phenomenon bears examination, even if the mere act of raising it invites intimations of sexism: she is by far the best-looking woman ever to rise to such heights in national politics, the first indisputably fertile female to dare to dance with the big dogs. This pheromonal reality has been a blessing and a curse. It has captivated people who would never have given someone with Palin’s record a second glance if Palin had looked like Susan Boyle. And it has made others reluctant to give her a second chance because she looks like a beauty queen.”
“at once the sexiest and the riskiest brand in the Republican Party. ”
one longtime Republican fundraiser couldn’t deal with Palin’s Alaskan spokeswoman; a former colleague who worked on her ’06 gubernatorial campaign dismissed her by saying “I don’t give a damn what she does.”