In a videotaped interview full of gripes, excuses, and criticisms, Sarah Palin sets her sights on another seemingly untested woman trying to prove herself: Caroline Kennedy. Palin perceives that Kennedy has been receiving better treatment than she did (though the two have been compared) at the hands of the media:
“I’ve been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope,” Palin told conservative filmmaker John Ziegler during an interview Monday for his upcoming documentary film, How Obama Got Elected. Excerpts from the interview were posted on YouTube Wednesday evening. “It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.”
What it seems like she is trying to say (and we may be giving her too much credit here) is that Kennedy’s aristocratic liberal background is more palatable to the media than Palin’s own backcountry, conservative roots. We assume she thinks this because she doesn’t read newspapers, certainly not ones from New York — because over here the press has been pretty hard on Kennedy. Still, it’s almost clever of Palin. If Kennedy wins, for the rest of the year the Alaska governor can complain about how the media handled Caroline with those namby-pamby kid gloves. Then, if Kennedy proves to be a successful senator, by 2012 Palin will still have time to switch tacks and say, “There’s a woman you said wasn’t experienced enough, and she kicks butt!”
Or are we doing the too-much-credit thing again?