We’ll take the woman who beat her in the 1984 Miss Alaska Pageant, Maryline Blackburn, who, in an interview on Fox News just now, offered that Palin (Heath, then) was “a very nice young lady… talented but determined.” Did she have a temper, wondered Fox’s Shep Smith?

BLACKBURN: I did not see it. But when you are in pageants, many women are very good at disguising certain things.

SMITH: Do you think she still does that sort of thing? What would she be disguising now?

BLACKBURN: Who knows what she would be disguising? I guess we will find that out when we hear from her…

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.