Either she wasn't fully vetted and the McCain folks are scrambling, or she was fully vetted and the rollout has been close to disastrous. Maybe the McCain campaign can chasten the media to back off, and maybe it can't.
If the scene wasn't wild enough before: "The boyfriend of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's unwed, pregnant daughter will join the family of the Republican vice presidential candidate at the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn.," per the Associated Press. "Levi Johnston's mother said her 18-year-old son left Alaska on Tuesday morning to join the Palin family at the convention where Sen. John McCain will officially receive the Republican nomination for president."
Add another twist: "Gov. Sarah Palin is already facing ethical questions over her firing of the Alaska public safety commissioner, and now she faces questions over the firing of a longtime local police chief," ABC's Brian Ross and Joseph Rhee report. "After taking over as Mayor of the small town of Wasilla, Palin fired the longtime local police chief. The former police chief, Irl Stambaugh says he was fired because he stepped on the toes of Palin's campaign contributors, including bar owners and the National Rifle Association."
And: "Wasilla had received few if any earmarks before Palin became mayor," Tom Hamburger, Richard Simon, and Janet Hook, write in the Los Angeles Times. "She actively sought federal funds -- a campaign that began to pay off only after she hired a lobbyist with close ties to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), who long controlled federal spending as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He made funneling money to Alaska his hallmark."
Also: Palin "earlier this year used her line-item veto to slash funding for a state program benefiting teen mothers in need of a place to live," Paul Kane reports in The Washington Post.
Palin herself wasn't a member of the Alaska Independence Party -- but her husband was. "Palin's husband Todd was a member of the AIP from October 1995 through July 2002, except for a few months in 2000. He is currently undeclared," per ABC's Jake Tapper.
It all adds up to something: "She faces a barrage of revelations about her and questions about how carefully Republican presidential candidate John McCain vetted her before he stunned the political world -- and many of his own supporters -- Friday by naming her as his running mate," McClatchy's Steven Thomma reports.
But she may be a hit yet (and the storyline is primed for her to exceed expectations, at least): "She looks like a lot of people I know," Michael Moore tells The Hill's Bob Cusack. http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/filmmaker-michael-moore-americans-identify-with-palin-2008-09-02.html
Don't forget the base (and don't worry, Team McCain hasn't): "To make up for a history of conflict with the Christian conservative wing of his party, Mr. McCain has in some ways gone further than Mr. Bush to reassure the right of his intentions, even at the risk of spooking more moderate voters," David Kirkpatrick write in The New York Times.
Said Richard Land, of the Southern Baptist Convention: "It was as if the whole Republican convention had started drinking Red Bull," with Palin on board.
Writes Robert Novak: "[McCain's] unexpected selection satisfied the people he needed to please. Republican conservatives assembling in St. Paul for the party's national convention were 'ecstatic' over the choice."