Sept 1, 2008, 8:35am
I don’t think anyone here is talking about running with it. We’re privately airing out curiosities.
I think Mark S wrote it earlier — it matters b/c if this is true, she’s off the ticket and the election is probably over. That’s not b/c people will be outraged, but b/c (1) it discredits McCain and his vetting; (2) it makes her look like a weirdo; (3) it will become an object of national ridicule (e.g., Letterman, Leno, SNL, etc.).
Maybe this is all unjustified normatively, but this will be an enormous story if true — it’s just the type of tabloidy story that the public will eat up, low-information voters especially.
Based on my quick and dirty count, Blevins entry was around the 100th post in this thread. Apparently it’s not just low-information voters who eat up this type of tabloidy story.