The Right-Wing propaganda machine has been in an uproar lately over a recent Vanity Fair article on Sarah Palin. You know. Vanity Fair. That Liberal rag that’s known for its political hatchet jobs on unsuspecting Conservative politicians. Yeah, that Vanity Fair. Just out of curiosity I did a Google search using the phrases “Sarah Palin: The Sound and the Fury” (the title of the article) and “liberal media” (that old canard that we hear from the Right so much). Google returned seven pages of results about the Vanity Fair “hit piece”, the “Palin-Bashing Vanity Fair Article” and “Sarah Palin ‘Bush’ whacked by Vanity Fair”. But for those who have dug into the truth behind Sarah Palin, there’s nothing in the Vanity Fair article that’s all that surprising.
Excerpts from the article:
Even as Sarah Palin’s public voice grows louder, she has become increasingly secretive, walling herself off from old friends and associates, and attempting to enforce silence from those around her. Following the former Alaska governor’s road show, the author delves into the surreal new world Palin now inhabits—a place of fear, anger, and illusion, which has swallowed up the engaging, small-town hockey mom and her family—and the sadness she has left in her wake.
Warm and effusive in public, indifferent or angry in private: this is the pattern of Palin’s behavior toward the people who make her life possible. A onetime gubernatorial aide to Palin says, “The people who have worked for her—they’re broken, used, stepped on, down in the dust.” On the 2008 campaign trail, one close aide recalls, it was practically impossible to persuade Palin to take a moment to thank the kitchen workers at fund-raising dinners. During the campaign, Palin lashed out at the slightest provocation, sometimes screaming at staff members and throwing objects. Witnessing such behavior, one aide asked Todd Palin if it was typical of his wife. He answered, “You just got to let her go through it… Half the stuff that comes out of her mouth she doesn’t even mean.” When a campaign aide gingerly asked Todd whether Sarah should consider taking psychiatric medication to control her moods, Todd responded that she “just needed to run and work out more.” Her anger kept boiling over, however, and eventually the fits of rage came every day. Then, just as suddenly, her temper would be gone. Palin would apologize and promise to be nicer. Within hours, she would be screaming again. At the end of one long day, when Palin was mid-tirade, a campaign aide remembers thinking, “You were an angel all night. Now you’re a devil. Where did this come from?”