Most of the media’s obsessive coverage of her is to her advantage, and she’s plenty shrewd enough to know it. It raises her profile, which sells books and kicks up buzz for her speeches and Fox appearances. And even when the coverage is nasty and unfair, as it often is, it’s something she can take to her supporters as further evidence that they’ll never give “true conservatives” a fair shake.
But she’s palpably bothered by this. And with young kids in the house who are trying to have a summer, does anyone blame her?
Yes, that Joe McGinniss. Here he is – about 15 feet away on the neighbor’s rented deck overlooking my children’s play area and my kitchen window. Maybe we’ll welcome him with a homemade blueberry pie tomorrow so he’ll know how friendly Alaskans are.
We found out the good news today. Upon my family’s return this morning from endorsement rallies and speeches in the Lower 48 states, I finally got the chance to tackle my garden and lawn this evening! So, putting on the shorts and tank top to catch that too-brief northern summer sun and placing a giddy Trig in his toddler backpack for a lawn-mowing adventure, I looked up in surprise to see a “new neighbor” overlooking my property just a stone’s throw away. Needless to say, our outdoor adventure ended quickly after Todd went to introduce himself to the stranger who was peering in…
Joe announced to Todd that he’s moved in right next door to us. He’s rented the place for the next five months or so. He moved up all the way from Massachusetts to live right next to us – while he writes a book about me. Knowing of his many other scathing pieces of “journalism” (including the bizarre anti-Palin administration oil development pieces that resulted in my Department of Natural Resources announcing that his work is the most twisted energy-related yellow journalism they’d ever encountered), we’re sure to have a doozey to look forward to with this treasure he’s penning. Wonder what kind of material he’ll gather while overlooking Piper’s bedroom, my little garden, and the family’s swimming hole?
Old and busted: Confronting your ideological opponents at their office. The new hotness: Freaking them out at home. Politico asked McGinniss’s son for comment and he snarked about his pops having a thing for Palin, which is true in its own strange way but neglects the intimidation component. He wants her to know he’s watching. And Palin, per her reference to “Piper’s bedroom,” clearly wants you to know how creepy she thinks that is.
Here’s Glenn Beck warning Random House, McGinniss’s publisher, that there can and will be consequences.