The media and the blogosphere has exploded over Sarah Palin. Much of what they've written has seemed tabloidesque. Some of it is factual. Some of it is not.
When they do start to talk about her record, they seem to have trouble getting it right.
I mean, everyone knows she supports teaching creationism in public schools. Right? Wrong! (Note, this is not about what you or I believe, this is about media myopia.)
What about those earmarks? It's being widely reported that under her leadership Alaska received earmarks of $295 per capita, the highest in the country. What they don't tell you is that that is down. Way down. From $800 per capita last year and $1013 per capita the year before that. Now, I don't favor earmarks. In fact, I'd like to see them gone. But I have read several analyses that say Alaska's land mass, climate, and distance from the mainland are among the reasons for the high per capita amount.
Would she have been my first pick for VP? No. But neither were any of the people who were being talked about in the media. Is she a perfect candidate? No. But she is certainly looking better than the alternative.