“…From the start, Maddow’s brand is not so much out lesbian or angry liberal – but full-on nerd: -
- the chunky black glasses – the flailing limbs.
She doesn’t seem to care much about the question that Olbermann has fixed on: So just who is Sarah Palin?
“We don’t know very much about Governor Palin,” Maddow says, when Olbermann finally gives her a chance to speak.
“She’s basically been a human-interest story in terms of the political press in this country thus far.”
Then she moves on to what really interests her: not politics as personality but politics as mechanism -
- not who is winning power but what is being done with it.
Palin is being sold as a small-government conservative – the opponent of the infamous Bridge to Nowhere – but Maddow can tell the sales job is a fraud.
“I went and looked it up in the Anchorage Daily News from 2006,” she says – her nerd cred on full display.
“Palin was asked point-blank about funding for that bridge, and she said, ‘Yes…?the window is now.’”
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