“Until at which point in time we feel like the news media is going to treat her with some level of respect and deference, I think it would be foolhardy to put her out into that kind of environment.” — McCain campaign manager Rick Davis explaining why Sarah Palin has not been made available to answer reporters’ questions.
Critical inquiry is what any presidential or vice presidential candidate should expect in a representative democracy. Respect and deference are due a queen. If Sarah Palin claims to be ready to be our next President of the United States of America, then she shouldn’t demand “respect and deference;” she should respect the American people and defer to their right to ask would-be leaders questions. If on the other hand Sarah Palin plans to be our new Queen of America, then we are not amused.