[The] campaign manager for Sen. John McCain ... just told Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace that McCain running mate Gov. Sarah Palin won't subject herself to any tough questions from reporters "until the point in time when she'll be treated with respect and deference."Would Sarah Palin stamp her feet and refuse to meet with Russia until Vlad Putin gave her respect and deference? Ms. Palin should grow up. If she wants to run among the grown-ups who have toughed out a long campaign season to win votes to get them where they are, then she should jump into the fray and let chips fall where they may. Even her counter part, Joe Biden, has put his hide on the line during the process. Why is the McCain campaign shielding her rather than letting her show people that she is tough enough to face difficulty? It's what should be demanded of leaders who could be president one day. They must be trying to hide some fatal flaw or vulnerability from public view.
She may run, but she cannot hide forever. She's leaving a lot of blank space to be filled in by her opposition. At some point, she's going to have to answer for herself.
UPDATE: Palin caves to criticism.