So how is Palin responsible for the actions of a bunch of rabid reporters scurrying around trying to get a hasty photo or a selective sound bite? They complain of being treated like paparazzi when that is exactly the way they are acting! The reporters are responsible for their own actions and their own safety. They're grownups (well, sort of) with driver's licenses. If they get in a wreck because they're too busy watching the star-spangled bus and not what's going on around them, it's their own fault.
The other rabid bunch are the ones who froth at the mouth at the mere mention of Palin's name (both reporters and readers). Rational thought goes out the window, and they spew, regurgitate and believe every vicious lie and rumor. Using the image of the flag for personal gain is a federal offense! She's going to cause a wreck! She snuck out the back door of the hotel and we couldn't get a picture! Waaahhhh! She had the Down's baby just for the publicity of it. Trig is really Bristol's baby, fathered by Todd! She's getting divorced! She wants to ban books! She's a wacko religious fundamentalist! She's into witchcraft! She's done porn! She hates Jews! This one is priceless: she's starting all these rumors herself to generate sympathy and get elected!
I haven't decided if it's one of the funniest things I've ever seen, or one of the saddest. Personally, I think she's a strong, wise, classy lady who loves her country and is tired of taking crap from the mainstream media. She's also one of the most powerful people in Republican politics today. Even if she doesn't run, her endorsement will probably launch someone into the nomination. Love her or hate her, Sarah Palin is changing the way politics is done in this country, and that's a good thing.