*What she ‘represents’

WHAT SHE ‘REPRESENTS’…. I’m not sure what this means.

The mainstream media made it a mission to destroy the vice presidential candidacy of Sarah Palin, the Alaska governor says in a new documentary released Monday. […]

“‘We are going to seek and we are going to destroy this candidacy of Sarah Palin’s because of what it is that she represents,'” the former vice presidential candidate described as the attitude members of the press adopted.

Now, I expect Palin to say she was picked on for being a far-right Republican. Or perhaps she prefers to think she drew gender-based criticism. Maybe Palin believes reporters simply failed to appreciate the depth of her insightful responses to policy questions. (Vladimir Putin has flown over her house, you know.)

But news outlets tried to “destroy” her because of “what it is she represents”? What is it, exactly, that Palin thinks she “represents”?

I don’t have my Palin Translation Guide handy, but I suspect this relates to Palin’s perception of media elitism. About a month before the election, she railed against “those Washington elite who don’t like the idea of just an everyday working class American running for such an office.”

As messages go, this is pretty weak. The Palins are pulling in a quarter-mil, own a plane and two boats, and live in a half-million-dollar, custom-built lake house. She also happens to be the chief executive of a state. Is this why campaign journalists tried to “destroy” her?

Or maybe Palin meant something else entirely. With her, it’s hard to say for sure.

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