Chasing Sarah: The Boys Behind the Bus

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In the 1970s, “The Boys on the Bus” exposed how a clubby pack of male political reporters ruled the road to the White House and shaped the news. Four decades later, an outsider gal from Alaska has commandeered the 2012 media bus — and left Beltway journalism insiders eating her dust. We’ve come a long way, baby.

Amid frenzied speculation over her potential presidential campaign plans, former GOP Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin launched an all-American road trip with her family this Memorial Day weekend. Establishment media types didn’t get reserved seats or advance notice of her itinerary. Palin rubbed the Washington media mob’s institutional sense of entitlement right back in its face. “I don’t think I owe anything to the mainstream media. I want them to have to do a little bit of work on a tour like this,” she jabbed.

Robbed of the reflexive genuflection customarily paid by publicity-seeking candidates to the political press, scribes, cameramen and producers on the campaign trail began howling louder than the Rolling Thunder Harleys that Palin rode along with on Sunday in Washington, D.C. One miffed CBS News producer, Ryan Corsaro, pouted that the O.J. Simpson-style media caravan giving chase to Palin had created hazardous working conditions for all the intrepid news correspondents.

“I just hope to God that one of these young producers with a camera whose bosses are making them follow Sarah Palin as a potential Republican candidate don’t get in a car crash, because this is dangerous,” Corsaro said. Puh-lease. As if traveling America’s highways to historic tourist spots were akin to driving in an armored tank on Baghdad’s road of death.

In Philadelphia, a pair of news helicopters braved treacherous conditions to monitor the enemy on the ground. Soon, editors tracking the story from their cubbies will be filing workers’ comp claims asserting exposure to secondhand exhaust fumes from Palin’s bus. And I’m counting the minutes until some cub reporter double-parks somewhere in hot pursuit of Team Sarah and demands that she pay his ticket.

I mean, how dare Palin “make them follow” her!

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  • tagalog

    My favorite Palin Bus Tour moment was when the MSNBC guy got all hot and bothered because he was afraid that she might be displaying the American flag from her bus for the purpose of making financial gain from it.

    Hey, dude, look at the Obama logo…

    Maybe if she had burned the flag at each stop of her bus, that would have been OK to MSNBC.

    • Toa

      Heard about that today- ROTFL….That's known as "any old port in a storm". That poor guy must've been as desperate as Andrea Mitchell was in '09 when she was trying to shove through the crowd to confront Palin with the (gasp) "SHAMEFUL" Newsweek cover she was featured on. The look on Andrea's face as Sarah laughed at her was unforgettable.

  • mlcblog

    Brilliant as usual, Michelle. Thank you.

  • voted against carter

    Reagan was an actor for 20 years BEFORE he became a politician. 

    This is one reason he was able to LOOK so in control (which he ALSO was) 

    He understood the theatrics of politics better than ANYone else at the time. 

    Keep the message simple and easy to understand. 

    EVIL EMPIRE. TEAR DOWN THIS WALL. THERE HE GOES,.. AGAIN,.. 

    Reagan WAS a MASTER politician, there is NO denying that. 

    To day we MIGHT be witnessing the birth of the NEXT MASTER politician in the Reagan school. 

    Altho it remains to be seen in that she might not run,.. and America will be poorer for it if she does not. 

    All I can say is Carter / Reagan 1979. 

    And we ALL know just how THAT worked out thank God. 

    The Leftwing nut LIBRATARDS know in their bones that Sarah Palin,… 

    IS Ronald Reagan ALL OVER AGAIN. IT TERRIFIES them to no end. 

    ESPECIALLY the ones who are OLD enough to remember Reagan. 

    So they are trying with EVERY thing they have to,… 

    destroy her in a pre-emptive strike. 

    If you have heard ANY of her recent speech's, you understand. 

    Sarah Palin REALLY IS the real deal. 

    Not some pre-packaged made up configuration like their hero Barry. 

    The Left senses this and has reacted like expected. 

    IF she runs against barry in 2012,… 

    She WILL CRUSH him with indisputable numbers. 

    Compared to barry she is Exactly what America will NEED to repair 

    ALL of the damage wrought by the Dumb-O-cRATs and barry and his UNION masters. 

    This is ONE MORE REASON America NEED's Sarah Palin NOW more than EVER. 

    And I can NOT stress this enough,… 

    Sarah Palin IS ONE of the ONLY women IN the REPUBLICAN PARTY,… 

    With the "B A L L S" to tell Barry and his UNION masters,… 

    AND the Dumb-O-cRATs to SHOVE their agenda were the sun does NOT SHINE!!. 

    PALIN / BOLTON 2012 

    or 

    Barack Obama 2012? 

    then “YOU may want to think about a TRADE-IN.” 

    PALIN / (Fill in the blank) 2012

  • voted against carter

    Sarah Palin is the MOST FEARED conservative out there as far as the left is concerned.

    JUST LOOK at how much the LIBRATARDS are going out of there way to trash her.

    IF she was NOT a THREAT would They be saying anything??????

    They KNOW Sarah Palin IS electable,…

    AND IF she runs against barry in 2012,…

    She WILL CRUSH him with indisputable numbers.

    Rush is RIGHT about the establishment Republicans ALSO FEARING SARAH

    All the "serious" (sarc) pundits feel this way too. WHY else  would they go OUT of their way to trash her.

    THEY ARE TERRIFIED OF SARAH.

     they are all peeing in their pants at the thought of her running.

    Remember,.. the MORE they say how easy she will be to beat or how stupid she is etc,.. 

     one word.

    TERRIFIED.

  • Optimus Maximus

    Sarah is truly the real deal. I can’t decide who ticks me off more, the MSm thattrashes her in every story, or the RHINOs that constamtly proclaim she is unelectable such as Krauthamer, Rove, etc. They constantly underestimate her intelligence and abilities. Go Sarah!

  • Crazyhorse

    Go Saraha Go,and pick up a few on the way-Tom Toncredo,Alan West,while you are at it..