How well did the McCain campaign fake the whole world? Here's how well: the DNC's page The Next Cheney which aggregated talking points against our likely VP nominees didn't even mention Governor Palin as of this morning.
The Next Cheney is of course the page that was already known for suggesting Eric Cantor is shady because he's Jewish.
Many of us have feared for years that John McCain would never grow to have a proper relationship with the press if he were to become our party leader. I think this whole situation is a harsh test of that theory. He played them perfectly. Nobody expected the Alaskan inquisition. Not even the Democrat opposition researchers.
Update by Jeff: A screencap of the entire "Next Cheney" home page is here.