Beldar noted today’s Palin profile in the WaPo, but this is a second pointer. One interesting story:
But [Palin’s dad] Chuck has seen his daughter handle herself in other perilous situations and come out all right. A few years ago, he watched her pilot husband Todd Palin’s commercial fishing boat in a storm. Todd was working at his oil-field job on the North Slope, and Palin and her father had been fishing on Bristol Bay. “It was the toughest work I’ve ever done, and it wasn’t only hard, it was dangerous,” Chuck says. At the end of the run, they had to get the boat on a trailer amid crashing surf. As cold, metallic-sheened waves tossed the trawler around, Chuck quailed.
“I’m not doing that,” he said.
“Get out of the way,” Palin said. “I’ll do it.”
The MSM’s attempt to marginalize Palin by virtue of her pauses on the Bush Doctrine and her refusal to say “The New York Times” on cue have panicked a handful of conservative elites, but not the rank-and-file. Her interview with me was elixir for the base, and more will follow after her debate tonight frees her to talk directly with voters in key swing states where her character and experience actually governing as opposed to talking will matter a great deal. She has already performed a valuable service in reminding all fair observers just how deeply in the tank the MSM has gone for Obama and by not fretting over it. The unhinged hatred she has provoked within the leftosphere did no damage to Palin while telling many all they needed to know about Obama’s shock troops.
“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities,” declared Churchill, “because it is the quality that guarantees all others.”
Voters admire Palin’s courage and her good humor as well as her lived-out beliefs. She will greatly help McCain continue to close on and then pass Obama in the final five weeks, and to provide a continually refreshing wind in Washington from January ’09 forward.
Some folks inside the Manhattan-Beltway media elites don’t get this, but they don’t have the advantage of talking every week to hundreds of Americans far removed from their “power centers.”