Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Coming Into the Crazy

Todd S. Purdum has a long piece on Sarah Palin now up on Vanity Fair's website.

Fans of Palin will, to put it mildly, not much care for it. I'm sure they'll see it as a hatchet job, especially when encountering passages like this one on page 4:

More than once in my travels in Alaska, people brought up, without prompting, the question of Palin’s extravagant self-regard. Several told me, independently of one another, that they had consulted the definition of “narcissistic personality disorder” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders—“a pervasive pattern of grandiosity (in fantasy or behavior), need for admiration, and lack of empathy”—and thought it fit her perfectly. When Trig was born, Palin wrote an e-mail letter to friends and relatives, describing the belated news of her pregnancy and detailing Trig’s condition; she wrote the e-mail not in her own name but in God’s, and signed it “Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father.”

Most of the disparaging quotes in the article, I'm happy to say, were attributed. It is fairly amazing to see the number of people who were once strong Palin supporters who have since done a 180, from her time as mayor of Wasilla up through this year, and who were willing to go on the record about it.

I was familiar with most of what Purdum reported, so though it's probably fair to say the article is written from a clear perspective, there is a mass of facts not subject to dispute. Put all together the way Purdum did, I found it an engrossing read.

(h/t: Attaturk | pic. from the article | title: apologies to John McPhee)

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