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Sarah Palin Reconsidered – The Washington Post

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Illustration by Lamia Benalycherif for The Washington Post; photos by Melina Mara/The Washington Post (left) and Seth Wenig/Associated Press
Illustration by Lamia Benalycherif for The Washington Post; photos by Melina Mara/The Washington Post (left) and Seth Wenig/Associated Press

It’s all too easy to ridicule her. As she runs for Congress, I wanted to tell a different story.

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Sarah Palin, the most famous Alaskan of all time, irritates the hell out of journalists. Journalists like availability; Palin hides. Journalists like policy nerds; Palin sloganeers. Journalists like reliability; Palin flakes. Reporting on her current run for Congress is a trial in patience and persistence, not least because her rare public appearances are revealed only hours or, at most, a day or two before they occur.

On May 4, I discovered that Palin, 58, would be attending a four-person candidate forum less than 48 hours later in Bethel, a remote town of 6,500…

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