'There is a class issue here'
Actually, Palin has a point
. Class partially explains the contrast in how the media's treated Palin vs. how it's treated Caroline. Never underestimate the media's love affair with class, wealth and power (see endless articles about gentlemen cheese farmers in Vermont, salty-seadogs on Nantucket, vacation chateaus in France and Tuscany etc.). Of course there are other explanations: 1.) Palin was running to be next in line as president of the U.S; Caroline as a junior senator won't be even close to the red button. 2.) Caroline has yet to match Palin for muttering monumentally dumb things 3.) Partisan and ideological biases within the media (not to be confused with class biases) 4.) Palin's unbelievably grating Midwest twang (OK, that's my personal pet-peeve bias). ...Update
-- Of course I forgot the ultimate difference