The Sept. 8 New Yorker contains a brief "Talk of the Town" in which reporter Philip Gourevitch interviewed Sarah Palin in her office. Gourevitch was in Alaska working on a story about Alaska politics: Palin plays a role but is not the whole story
The "Talk of the Town" is mostly Palin herself talking. About her values. About Alaska. About political change. The voice is familiar. It's the voice of the woman from Wasilla who became governor -- relaxed, informal, amiable, nonpartisan.
It might be the last time we hear that voice -- ever.
At the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, GOP spin doctors from Washington gave Palin a voice transplant. The effects of their surgery were obvious in her acceptance speech, which rocked the convention and thrilled conservatives nationwide. The voice was harder. More partisan. More calculating.
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