Well, this is dumb and annoying. It is surprising and annoying that "Joe the Plumber" was put through media investigation just for querying Obama on his tax plan. That was a bad thing. Shouldn't somebody be able to question Obama in public without having all their dirty laundry aired? Especially given that the MSM has hardly covered itself in glory telling us all about say, Obama's career in Chicago. The MSM has given Palin a hard time. And the blogosphere has been positively scurrilous towards her, especially The Atlantic and Andrew Sullivan. The idea that contemporary American liberalism is the philosophy of cultural elitism is not made up. Cultural elites are overwhelmingly Democratic. Some of the attacks on Palin have been the merest snobbery and a fair bit of it has been positively offensive. Granted, she can be remarkably inarticulate, but so can most people when a microphone is put in their face. All of this has nothing to do with the young woman who fabricated an attack on herself by an Obama supporter. I guess the idea is that the lattermost attack was a fantasy and so sort of were the former. But the problem is, the former complaints are warranted.