Jonathan Martin's Blog: Palin gets question, looks to McCain, demurs –

And the Palin saga continues. First she’s paraded around the party like a trophy wife, now she’s being treated like someone’s daughter who needs to be protected, seen but not heard. She’s supposed to be running for the V.P. position of the United States, but every time a reporter asks a question, someone from the camp jumps in. Do they expect her to just go to the White House without any public scrutiny and appearances? Actually, I think they do. 

Here’s what happened. McCain used his “maverick” sense of judgement and picked Gov. Palin exclusively for these reasons:

  1. she’s a woman and he’s targeting the Hillary supporters
  2. she’s an extreme right wing conservative and appeals to the Flat Earth Society
  3. she has no experience so when she’s in the VP position, she can be shuffled off to give speeches about bridges and family values to misguided, friendly crowds while McCain returns to the center and let’s his lobbyists run the White House
Now, the McCain camp, taken off guard by this, is in crisis mode on how to handle this. The strategy is to keep the conservative camp energized by touting her conservative “values”. Next, keep her away from the mainstream media as much as possible, except for the “Fair and Balanced” Fox news. When on Fox News, stick to the script and avoid any real topics that a V.P. may have to deal with one day.

This is what happens when campaigns let reporters into photo ops.  They get all uppity and ask questions.

From the pool report account of what happened after McCain and Palin’s meeting with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvilli and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko:

McCain then looked around the room and gestured as if to welcome questions. The AP reporter shouted a question at Gov. Palin (“Governor, what have you learned from your meetings?”) but McCain aide Brooke Buchanan intervened and shepherded everybody out of the room.

Palin looked surprised, leaned over to McCain and asked him a question, to which your pooler thinks he shook his head as if to say “No.”

Jonathan Martin’s Blog: Palin gets question, looks to McCain, demurs –