Just You Wait, Charlie Gibson, Just You Wait

Dowd can't wait for the TV debut of Wasilla's own Eliza Doolittle
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 10, 2008 9:53 AM CDT
Republic vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a campaign rally at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008.    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – Maureen Dowd hops a plane to Wasilla, Alaska, where Sarah Palin will hold her first interview as a VP candidate this weekend. Media types might be flocking to the Last Frontier, but Palin has been sequestered from the press, brushing up for her sit-down with Charles Gibson. She's the Eliza Doolittle of the race, "pulling the political equivalent of an all-nighter."

"For the first time in American history, we have a My Fair Lady moment," writes the New York Times columnist. "Now all she has to do is also prove that she can be the leader of the free world on a moment’s notice, and field dress Putin as adeptly as she can a moose." Or not: Despite no real demonstration of knowledge,"Palin has rocketed in the polls, drawing women and men with her vapid—if vivacious and visceral—scripted cheerleading."