Peak Palin is the idea that humanity will someday reach a point at which the demand for stories about Sarah Palin will outstrip our ability to produce them. Tonight's Times profile of Sarah Palin's stylist suggests that day is today.
You of course remember that time during the presidential campaign when Sarah Palin spent $150,000 in McCain campaign funds on fancy pieces of fabric to drape over her and her family's shamefully naked bodies. (Which the Times dubs "wordrobegate". Sigh.) Now, reporter Lauren Lipton has tracked down Palin's stylist, Lisa A.
Klein Kline(!), for a piece that is composed mostly of recycled reporting and an excruciating blow-by-blow of the Day Lisa Kline Dressed Sarah.
Late on Tuesday, Ms. Kline said she was asked to provide clothes for the entire Palin family, including the candidate's husband, Todd; their sons Track and Trig, the infant; and daughters Bristol, who was pregnant, Willow and Piper. Levi Johnston, Bristol's then-boyfriend, was also included.
"The campaign advisers realized the kids, everybody, needed to be dressed," Ms. Kline said. "This was a family that was about to stand before the world, and they just came with their everyday-life clothes."
With less than 24 hours before the Palins' national debut on the tarmac, it was decided that the luxury retailer Neiman Marcus, which has a store in Minneapolis, offered the best available selection for the circumstances. Arrangements were made for a private early-morning trip.
Will she be able to buy all those clothes in time!? Media moguls, start your bidding war for the rights to the Lisa Kline Story!
A key aspect of Peak Palin is that, as the more desirable stories about Sarah Palin are exploited even as demand grows exponentially, journalists will begin squabbling over the few, hard-to-reach reserves of Palin remaining. Thus we can expect a spiral-shaped pattern of journalists attempting to extract rich Palin reserves located in ever more remote regions of the Palin story: First the stylist, then the fans who are buying Palin's book, and the bloggers who are weirdly obsessed with it.
Unfortunately, this unsustainable pattern can only continue for so long. Humanity now faces two choices: Come to grips with a world in which our children will grow up without reading even a single story about Sarah Palin, or develop alternative sources of Palin. (We have been making progress.) Please, think of the children.