CBS “Late Show” host David Letterman, of all people, featured an interview with Pam Stout, the president of the Sandpoint, Idaho, group called the Tea Party Patriots. (By sheer coincidence, Sandpoint is also the birthplace of Tea Party icon Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska.)
Stout’s 15 minutes of late-night fame proved quite compelling TV viewing. Where other encounters between the media and Tea Partiers have erred strongly on the side of confrontation, the dominant tone of the Letterman exchange was actually kind of sweet. Letterman played up his image as a comparatively naïve follower of the political scene, announcing at the outset that “I know nothin’ about the Tea Party.” Stout responded patiently to Letterman’s queries, projecting an image of a wholesome, quiet-spoken Middle American activist.
How did she get on his show?
There must be a Tea Partier in the Letterman casting staff who’s not coming out of the closet.