"Sarah Palin is a heartbeat away from being president as running mate to a 72 year old cancer survivor." So said the Democrat's and the media in the first full flush of the shock of McCain taking a 12 point lead after her nomination as his VP running mate.
They even dredged up doctors to show a post-operative skin cancer scarred McCain whilst they intoned sonorously that his chances for survival were very much in question "McCain is 72 and has had cancer four times."
In contrast Hillary Clinton's manifest health issues, age,seeming odd reactions, coughing fits, inability to stand for periods at her events and now a stool, rescue assistants always at hand have elicited hardly any media comment whatsoever.
What has elicited absolutely zero media attention is that her running mate Tim Kaine is "a heartbeat away from an obviously ill and weak soon to be 69 year old.
In the McCain "heartbeat away" situation the media, as mentioned, endlessly harped on McCain's age and health.
Given their preoccupation with Palin (I doubt if McCain's age/health would have been mentioned at all Lieberman or Romney had been his VP) they felt it was their "journalistic duty" to investigate every possible facet of Palin's life and career as, according to them, she could easily become president in case of McCain's untimely demise.
They even sent an army of 30 lawyers to Alaska to undertake "Operation Palin"
"It's no surprise, then, that Democrats have airdropped a mini-army of 30 lawyers, investigators and opposition researchers into Anchorage, the state capital Juneau and Mrs. Palin's hometown of Wasilla to dig into her record and background. My sources report the first wave arrived in Anchorage less than 24 hours after John McCain selected her on August 29."
And hand in hand with this every aspect of her personal life, her family life (especially her pregnant daughter) her sisters's divorce, the supposed "affair" with her husband's business partner and anything else they could dredge up no matter how bizarre and scurrilous, was examined in minute detail.
Now, is it too much to expect that even one tenth of the attention paid to Palin under the circumstances could now be paid to VP candidate, "a heartbeat away from the presidency" Tim Kaine? For "journalistic duty"?
After all,the same aspects that so concerned the media in 2008 are in place with Hillary now. Kaine could become "the most powerful man in the world" and what exactly does the country know about the man, and his family, and his record and his possible indiscretions? Frankly they know next to nothing.
Since Kaine could, like Harry Truman, be thrust into the presidency within months of being elected vice-president surely the media, no matter how leftist and supportive of Clinton, owes it to the public to actually do their job? Or does "investigative journalism" and media sensationalism only apply to Republicans?