The time for first impressions is over and the American public is starting to take a closer look at Republican would-be vice-president Sarah Palin.
Jokes about pitbulls and lipstick and a focus on traditional values initially put the spring back into John McCain’s White House campaign, elevating the 72-year old above Democrat rival Barack Obama in the polls.
However, the dust has now settled after the Palin bounce. A week of upheaval on Wall Street has brought the less glamorous issue of economic policy to the top of the agenda.
Questions also persist over the so-called “Troopergate” scandal.
Alaskan authorities voted 10 days ago to issue a subpoena to Palin’s husband, Todd. He has been asked to testify in a case in which his wife allegedly abused her position as Alaska’s governor by firing a state official for family-related reasons.
Todd Palin however has refused to testify.
This Alaskan affair has the whole country talking, but Palin can still count on local support. One resident of Palin’s home town of Wasilla said:
“They’re just digging. They’re looking for things to criticise her for. She’s not perfect, that’s for sure. She’s a human being like all of us, but they’re not going to find anything.”
Meanwhile, one less obvious beneficiary of the ‘Palin bounce’ is the Japanese designer of reading glasses Kazuo Kawasaki. Since Palin burst into the public conscience wearing his rimless glasses sales have soared.
Kawasaki has sold more ‘Palin specs’ in the last 10 days than he would usually expect to sell in a year.