Saturday, August 30, 2008
The selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate confirms one thing: reporter Erika Bolstad http://www.mcclatchydc.com/231 is a black cloud. And that's a good thing, even if it means insane work hours.
In firefighter parlance, a black cloud brings lots of calls. A white cloud seems to dampen call volume. It's superstition, of course; a form of magical thinking, much like the conviction that the minute you say "it's been a quiet night," the tones will sound. But still, emergency calls are what firefighters want to get. Hence: black cloud=fun times.
So check it out. Erika arrived in the McClatchy DC bureau from the Miami Herald in 2007, covering the Idaho Statesman and the Anchorage Daily News. What's happened since? The Alaskan Bridge to Nowhere becomes the world's most famous pork barrel project. Alaska Rep. Don Young comes under investigation. Idaho Sen. Larry Craig gets popped in a men's room. Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens gets indicted. And now Gov. Palin -- who is, naturally, a University of Idaho graduate -- hits the national stage.
I can't wait to find out what happens next!