Newsweek's Palin Story

After spending a blissful weekend away from the computer, I logged on last night to discover that Newsweek has a big, blowout Sarah Palin story on the cover. I know this because three dozen people emailed it to me, wondering my thoughts. Thankfully, just after finishing it, I happened across this hilariously apt summary by Ujala Sehgal in the Atlantic Wire ("We Already Know Everything There Is to Know About Sarah Palin") that summarizes my thoughts precisely:


We've watched her reality TV show. We've followed her around the country. We've meticulously combed through years of her emails. We have found no more hidden shadows, unplumbed depths, or secret dark sides. There comes a time where we must face the fact that we already know absolutely everything there is to know about Sarah Palin. That time may very well be now.

Read the rest here. That's taking nothing away from the Newsweek piece, which is well executed and gives what feels like a genuine glimpse of the Palins' comfortably lackadaisical celebrity. But until and unless Palin gets in the race, the reasons for paying attention to her are rapidly dwindling--this piece, and her latest Facebook blast about the debt ceiling, feel more like bids for attention than indicators that she's going to get in the race.
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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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