I was struck by the similarity of Todd Palin's new look to John Kerry. Gone is the prominent beard, replaced by a two day stubble. But it's the hair. The hair has all the appearances of a younger John Kerry.
This picture from AP was taken at the Rolling Thunder event in Washington DC, where Sarah Palin was an instant draw. It is part of her bus tour of the Northeast (Blue state country) that began in Washington and will end in New Hampshire.
And she is driving the media nuts. There are no press releases. No one to tip the press where she is planning to be. When they ask, she tells them to check her website. To add confusion, she is being intentionally deceptive. This from CNN today:
Sarah Palin pulled a clever bait and switch on reporters in Gettysburg on Tuesday, as her "One Nation" bus tour rolls into its third day.
The Palin family and a few members of her staff snuck out of their hotel early, leaving their flashy bus behind in the hotel parking lot to give reporters chasing her the impression that she was still readying for the day.
As members of Palin's advance staff began to roll out luggage to the bus on Tuesday morning, a crush of media and tourists gathered to meet the potential presidential candidate on her way out of the hotel.
But CNN was soon tipped off that Palin was long gone, off to visit the Civil War battlefields and onward toward Philadelphia.
So the media assumes the role of the paparazzi, following her every step and trying to anticipate her every move and giving her far more publicity than she would ordinarily get. And they wonder if they are being duped. Of course they are.
Attention media: She is playing mind games with you.