It looks like Tom-Jan Meeus, the US-based blogger for the Dutch Daily NRC Handelsblad, is closely following the on-going saga of John McCain’s vice-presidential pick – him along with just about every other US reporter with enough strength left to pick up a pen. Still, in his blog entry of yesterday (Three videos with Palin to keep) Meeus does fulfill a valuable “consolidation” role. You’ll find there not only the Vogue cover with the very flattering shot of the Alaskan governor (important note: it is not real, only Photoshopped) but also three embedded YouTube videos offering varied perspectives on her background. There is her address of earlier this year to the AIP (that’s the secessionist Alaskan Independence Party); an interview she did with a rather animated and self-important anchor for CNBC, in which she asserts that any investigation by the Alaska state legislature into her firing of Public Safety Commissioner Walter Monegan would be “cool” because she has “nothing to hide,” and lets slip her ignorance about just what it is that US vice-presidents do; and then an Anchorage local TV news segment from back in 1988 featuring sports anchor Sarah Heath, that lets you judge her sports-related enunciation and pronunciation abilities as well as her skills at reading off of an on-camera teleprompter.
Oh, Meeus also provides some good links to other on-line Palin stories. (For example: McCain Hires GOP Operative Who Helped Smear Him in South Carolina in 2000.) The articles linked to are always in English, but of course his description of the links is in Dutch.