From: The Independent
As Sarah Palin’s star rises, critics expose her dark side
In public she is the family woman in touch with ordinary Americans. But two new accounts allege that in private she’s a two faced, mean-spirited bully
She tells lies. She’s a lousy tipper. She billed the Republican Party more than $3,000 for the underwear she bought during the last Presidential election, including dozens of Spanx girdles. Oh, and for all the cutesy charm that Sarah Palin projects in public, she’s got a nasty habit of bullying staff, losing her temper with friends and family, and, when particularly upset, throwing tin cans at her husband, Todd.
Fresh from a week that seemed to cement her status as the most valuable brand in American conservatism, and saw her both receive top billing at a vast “tea party” rally in Washington, and almost single-handedly alter the direction of a Senate race in her native Alaska, Palin is on the receiving end of a brace of vintage journalistic hatchet jobs from the left and right sides of the political spectrum.
The first, a vast profile of the self-proclaimed “Mamma Grizzly,” which covers 18 pages of next month’s Vanity Fair, devotes more than 10,000 words to a mixture of revelation, allegation and innuendo regarding both her public and private persona, detailing what it calls her “erratic behaviour,” her “pattern of lying,” and what the magazine’s reporter Michael Gross describes as the “sad, mouldering strangeness” of her everyday existence.
The second comes courtesy of Meghan McCain, the daughter of Palin’s former running mate John, whose new book Dirty, Sexy Politics, describes the former Governor of Alaska as a “a time bomb” who is addicted to attention….