I went to a breakfast discussion this morning hosted by Politico about the Sarah Palin pick. It was basically Mike Murphy plus a smattering of GOP elected officials. And it was fascinating the extent to which they were cocooning about this disaster. Their basic points were:
- Upside: She’s a fresh-faced mavericky reformer.
- Downside: Some will say she’s inexperienced
- Upshot: We’ll have to see, but conservatives love her!
It was basically exactly what you heard the moment she was announced — no discussion whatsoever of the information that’s come out in the intervening days. I got a chance to ask a question and it went on C-SPAN:
Later in the program, all of the panelists agreed that Palin wouldn’t have been picked had she been a man.