Patterico: "The spoiled little children in the media are throwing a widdle tantrum because they weren’t kept in the loop. So if they didn’t know anything about Sarah Palin, and if they didn’t expect McCain to pick Palin, then it stands to reason that McCain didn’t know anything about Sarah Palin, and McCain didn’t expect himself to pick her.
"Guess what, media? Some of us had heard of Sarah Palin before, and were hoping that she was exactly who John McCain would pick."
Like Patterico and Beldar, I had posted enthusiastic comments about Palin last June. (That post had just over 146,000 hits last Friday!) However, I thought the chances of McCain picking Palin were small...so I was thrilled to be surprised last Friday.
A personal anecdote which precisely illustrates Patterico's point: My husband is on an email mailing list. One liberal woman who works in politics wrote with derision that no one had heard of Sarah Palin before last Friday, and Republicans surely weren't hoping that John McCain would pick Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential pick before he made his announcement...this writer, active in liberal politics, was one more illustration of just how out of the loop so many liberals were regarding Palin.
Patterico, incidentally, got word of the Palin pick while staying at Curry Village in Yosemite; regular readers here have read about Curry Village and Yosemite over the course of August. :)
Previously: Rush: "Clarence Thomas 2008" and Palin Derangement Syndrome.