August 31, 2008

The great(est) mentioner

So where did you first hear the possibility of Sarah Palin being the VP pick?

Well in January there was Cheat Seeking Missiles.

All in all, I confess: I'm too new to Palin to say she's #1 for the #2 slot, but she's definitely an intriguing possibility.

Don Surber was backing her in December.

On Dec. 12, I backed her for veep. Glenn Reynolds said the Palin Juggernaut was gathering steam.

But who was the the greatest mentioner of all (that I'm aware of)? What the heck is the Great Mentioner anyway? For that we go back 6 years to the Brothers Judd blog.

Several decades ago, Russell Baker coined the term "The Great Mentioner", to describe the Washington ritual whereby journalists would breathlessly report that "so-and-so has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate." A politician could know that he had made it when he began to be "mentioned" by The Great Mentioner. Here in Blogadelphia we have our own version of The Great Mentioner : Professor Glenn Reynolds, aka : Instapundit.

(Yes, that's a blogspot URL! And BTW, I have no idea who Instapundit was mentioning back in 2002.)

But in this case, as far as I can tell, Instapundit blew everyone else away with the Palin talk back in September of last year!


OK, I know he wrote that he didn't think it was very likely. But still ideas, once expressed have the opportunity to gain traction. I'll admit that I didn't think it was very likely - up until Friday at about 11 am. The idea of uprooting a family with young children to the big city, seemed unlikely. Apparently though, she thinks it's doable. And I think there's little debating that McCain's choice is an exciting one.

Posted by SoccerDad at August 31, 2008 7:05 AM
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