One lesson of Palin's sometimes-difficult time in the spotlight has been that Alaska is an extremely difficult base for national politics. From a distant political culture to a daunting time difference, Palin hasn't been terribly well served by the fact that her state is little-known to reporters in the lower 48, and that email inquiries arrive at 3:00 a.m. needing answers by 5:00 a.m.There is a more specific rational for the Phoenix area: there are only 6 year-round detinations in the Lower 48 from Anchorage:
- Chicago (home base of the Obama campaign)
- Minneaplois (home base of the Pawlenty campaign)
- Salt Lake City (where both Huntsman and Romney dominate)
- Portland and Seattle (which lie in the Pacific time zone, an extra hour from most of the media)
- and Phoenix.