How Palin Rose to the Top

David Jamieson chronicles the meteoric rise of Sarah Palin to the veep spot. Contrary to media reports, McCain’s pick was not a desperation gambit. There was a groundswell of support for Palin in the months leading up to the selection — just under the radar, but significant and growing. McCain merely cashed in on it. By the time McCain picked Palin,

she had already charmed not just her fellow Alaskans and a devoted University of Colorado at Colorado Springs undergraduate student–the one who launched “Draft Sarah Palin” early in 2007–but also some of the most influential members of D.C.’s conservative establishment.

It was only a matter of time before Palin burst on the national scene, one way or the other.

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