Per PEJ: “For the week of Sept. 1-7, Palin was a significant or dominant factor in 60% of the campaign stories.” Occupying 9.7 percent of the overall campaign news hole? “Palin Family Scandals.” Occupying 6.2 percent of the overall campaign news hole? “Palin’s Public Record.”

Closer, somehow, than it seemed (was made to seem?)

Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.