Why won't Sarah Palin talk to the press?
At one time, Joe Biden was the mystery man. Not getting any press. Not making any noise. That wasn't of his own doing, of course. He was just being ignored. John McCain, Barack Obama, and Sarah Palin were just too newsworthy.Skip to next paragraph
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Not recently, however. Biden's been all over the news. Some of his appearances have been positive for the campaign and some have made the Obama campaign wince, grimace, and imitate the Homer Simpson, "Doh!"
But he's been out there. Sure, he dramatized the helicopter incident. And sure he flip-flopped on the McCain disco commercial. But he's also fired up the base at different gatherings and has spoken forcefully about Obama's agenda and slammed McCain into next year. And he's given the press whatever they wanted.
We can't say the same thing about the Republican nominee for vice president. In fact, it's the polar opposite.
We changed our minds
Today, for example, the traveling press was told there would be a print reporter and a producer in the pool at the beginning of the meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
But then the McCain campaign changed their collective minds and said video and still cameras only. The networks said the equivalent of "no shirt, no shoes, no service." They weren't going to cover the event at all.
In the end, the McCain campaign relented, asked the press to be their Huckleberry and allowed a CNN producer entry. The networks get their footage. The campaign gets photos and videos of Palin with a foreign dignitary.
On the surface this all seems like it could be avoided. Especially because the condensed press was in the room for a grand total of 29 seconds. Why all the drama? "It was just a miscommunication," said one Palin staffer.
Since being selected to the McCain ticket, Palin has participated in just three interviews and has yet to hold a press conference. She is scheduled to speak with Katie Couric later this week.
The fact is, Palin is the equivalent of a Pink Floyd show (minus the chemicals). They sell out every time, and so does Palin. She brings in tremendous crowds where she goes - reportedly drawing 60,000 people in Florida over the weekend.