The Secret Service — pledged to protect the lives of Barack Obama, John McCain, Joe Biden and Sarah Palin — might need to assign some agents to Katie Couric.
Or maybe to the media in general, given the reception they're getting at Palin rallies. As the Washington Post's Dana Milbank reports…
Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse.
Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."
Attacking the traveling press pool to punish Couric is consistent with the "guilt by association" espoused by Palin in her endless "Barack Obama = Bill Ayers" cry from the stump. It's also consistent with the GOP's longstanding love of voodoo.
But why stop with the media? If Palin fanatics want another group of people to collectively hate, they might turn their gaze to police officers.
As you might have heard, one of their ilk has been giving Palin even more trouble than Katie Couric.
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