As Palin considers whether to run for president in 2012, Mansour, 36, has become part of the inner circle that includes Palin’s husband, Todd; her Anchorage-based attorney, Thomas Van Flein; her Washington-based treasurer, Tim Crawford; and a newly hired chief of staff, Michael Glassner.
The erudite Mansour, who calls herself a member of “the great unwashed,” doesn’t mind sounding elite; her vocabulary includes real words like “hebetudinous” (mentally lethargic) and made-up ones like “anti-dentite” (a dentist hater, from ”Seinfeld”). She loves Victorian poetry, William Faulkner andDavid Lean films. She is especially fond of “Why I Am a Liberal,” Robert Browning’s 1886 sonnet on liberty. In an organization that is opaque, if not secretive, Mansour’s profile has remained especially low. News stories have described her as an “all-purpose advisor,” Palin’s “enforcer,” her “secret asset.” Vanity Fair said Mansour was “Palin’s most unconventional hire.”
Mansour had been appalled by what she considered the persecution of Palin during the 2008 presidential campaign. Conservatives4Palin entered the fray with gusto. “We are ordinary citizens,” Mansour wrote. “We watched with horror and helplessness as a decent and sincere woman was savaged by a dangerously biased media…. As long as [this] continues, we’ll be here to watch her back.”
In Mansour’s posts, Palin was “the good governor,” her critics were “barmy fruitloops” and “worthless mushheads.” In May 2009, she wrote about ethics complaints that had been dismissed against Palin: “That sound you heard was the lachrymose ululations of ankle-biters everywhere.”
Read the whole thing here. It’s an interesting piece.