One Year Of Sarah Palin

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One year ago this weekend, a little-known Alaskan governor was introduced to America. Samuel P. Jacobs on how the punditocracy predicted her spectacular rise and fall.
One year after John McCain tapped Sarah Palin to be his running mate, it’s hard to imagine there was a day when America needed help pronouncing her name. But revisiting the media’s first attempts to make sense of Sarah Barracuda is revealing. Well before the stunning August 29 pick, the outlines of Palin’s meteoric rise and fall were already clear. We just refused to see it.

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