"It's not about me," Sarah Palin famously said about her mystery bus tour, to the confusion of many who wondered what, exactly, her ride through key campaign stops was about. But the one thing that her tour did reveal, with certitude, was this: Sarah Palin loves the media. And maybe this is just her way of showing it how much she cares. How else could one explain her photo-op on a Harley at the Rolling Thunder rally? It certainly wasn't for the benefit of the other riders, who resented the press. Or her date with the media's other favorite quasi-political figure Donald Trump, at a pizza restaurant in Times Square, no less? It was practically a gift.
CNN's Peter Hamby, who followed Sarah Palin's "One Nation" bus from Washington D.C. to New Hampshire this week, was just one of many who noticed the extent to which Palin has embraced the "lame-stream media" she so often complains about. He recalls that in total, Palin took questions from the media 17 different times over the course of four days. "That's a remarkable number for any national political figure, particularly for one locked into an exclusive television contract that normally precludes her from talking to other media outlets."