This shouldn’t even be news, but yes, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has announced she will actually take questions from the press during her quest for the White House, per the AP:


Sarah Palin has agreed to sit down with ABC’s Charles Gibson later this week for her first television interview since John McCain chose her as his running mate more than a week ago…. The first-term Alaska governor has given speeches alongside McCain since becoming his surprise pick on Aug. 29. But Democrats have already begun to question why Palin has not been put before reporters to answer questions….

"She’s not scared to answer questions," [campaign manager Rick] Davis said on "Fox News Sunday."


You know things are bad when the campaign manager has to explain that a candidate isn’t scared of questions. The McCain camp appears to have been caught off guard by the backlash to their attempted press ban, including pushback from reporters, bloggers and Palin’s Democratic counterpart, Joe Biden. Yet Palin’s first instinct to cower from all press interviews, as I wrote earlier, still provides a revealing look into her character:


She talks tough about reporters, but can’t face them; she talks up government ethics, but won’t answer an investigation under oath; she raves about her own pit-bull image on stage, but betrays a cowardice under actual pressure. In some ways, she is living out the very caricature that she drew of Obama last week — all talk, no action — coupled with the smug attitude of her predecessor, the sarcastic swagger and faux-populism of George W. Bush.