The portrait that emerged of Sarah Palin in the front-page story in Sunday's New York Times was a real eye-opener.
After becoming governor, she "surrounded herself with people she has known since grade school and members of her church."
She has a penchant for "attacking critics - she sometimes calls local opponents ‘haters.' "
She puts "a premium on loyalty and secrecy."
She is "often missing in action." The report says that since taking office in 2007, "she has spent 312 nights at her Wasilla home, some 600 miles to the north of the governor's mansion in Juneau."
Vindictive. Loyal. Cronyism-minded. Obsessively secret. Away from the office often - that's no lipstick on a pit bull, that's Dick Cheney with lipstick.
The chronically conservative are programmed not to believe anything in The Times but many of these assertions could be challenged on a factual basis if they wanted to make the effort.
Has she hired five school mates, "often at salaries far exceeding their private sector wages"? Did her pick (a high school classmate) for the top job in the State Division of Agriculture cite her "childhood love of cows" as a qualification for running the $2 million agency?
I look forward to seeing the factual rebuttal.