Mrs Palin experienced a rapid descent from media praise after her speech to the Republican Convention. Her stumbles when trying to deal with various interviewers asking her questions she clearly had not thought about before enabled the media to present her as a liability to the ticket. Last night she fiound some of the phrases and some of the attitudes that the Republican base liked when they heard her Convention speech. They want someone to go to Washington who is not a Washignton insider. That will mean she is not necessarily equipped to deal with a “Gotcha” media constantly striving to get themselves into the story by unpending a candidate with a trick quesiotn or a twisted phrase. Maybe there are more important skills in life than the eternal vigilance and patience it takles to handle the ever brasher media. I don’t think worse of Miliband because he was caught holding a banana – it’s his views on the EU I want to see exposed, not his eating habits.