Fame. I bet Sarah Palin never imagined an inquisitive journalist moving in next door would prove she's arrived. Author Joe McGinniss insists he's not there to stalk her — not even observe her — but to spend the Summer in Wasilla talking to the people who know her best. Besides, he told the Today show this morning, $1,500 a month for a six-bedroom lake house is a steal.
In a soap opera-ish turn, he actually did not seek the house out. Palin's permanent neighbor, McGinniss's landlord, tracked him down and offered it to him. It was an act of revenge on the Palins for, allegedly, owing the neighbor money.
The Palins have raised their fence, so McGinniss can't see over, and Sarah has lashed out at him. "Wonder what kind of material he'll gather while overlooking Piper's bedroom, my little garden, and the family's swimming hole?" she wrote on, where else, Facebook.
She calls it stalking, and he calls it good journalism; but what would you call it?