After reflecting on the whole ordeal, Weigel (who now contributes for MSNBC) comes to a surprising epiphany: he sympathizes with Sarah Palin:
Over the first churning forty-eight hours of this whole mess, I resisted -- and then accepted -- a new sympathy for a politician I'd never pretended to admire much: Sarah Palin. A political celebrity who raises money and appears on TV needs the media in a way that a reporter doesn't. But damn if I didn't feel sorry for the way every utterance Palin ever makes is taffy-pulled and inspected for lies. During the trial of a boy who hacked into Palin's private e-mail account, I debunked a rumor while appearing on MSNBC -- where I am now a contributor -- that she had "perjured" herself on the stand. She hadn't. She'd spoken correctly, if clumsily, about some of her old e-mails. Like I said: screwed, and then a new sympathy... I can't imagine ever again writing about someone without manning up to get him or her to comment, or provide more context.