"The whole business felt less like an episode in American political history than a scene from a particularly toxic marriage — more 'Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' than 'The Making of the President.' The press and Palin have been at war with each other almost from the first, but their mutual antipathy looks increasingly like co-dependency: they can’t get along, but they can’t live without each other either."
Why does it feel like a marriage to Ross Douthat? I'll offer 2 possible answers. See if you get it right:
1. Because Sarah Palin is a woman.
2. Because Sarah Palin is a conservative.
The correct answer is #2. If Sarah Palin were a liberal, using the marriage analogy to talk about a female politician would have been recognized as too sexist.
And, yes, I realize Douthat is supposed to be the conservative columnist at the New York Times.