Sarah Palin was governor of Alaska. She was the Republican candidate for vice-President. She is a Fox News contributor. She is a conservative voice. Therefore, we get this sort of outrage:
Emails by the Hundredweight
Have we ever seen such a reaching for something, anything, the smallest thing, that might be leveraged into discredit?
Maybe we've got some Facebook or Tweet photos of bulging negligees sent to twelve year old boys. But then 51% of the voters in a certain district in Queens NY think that might qualify someone for public service as their representative.
This fits into the dual categories of double-standard and national embarrassment.