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The Humiliation of Sarah Palin

Ed Schultz reports that insiders within the McCain camp consider Palin to be “clueless”:

The campaign has held a mock debate and a mock press conference; both are being described as “disastrous.” One senior McCain aide was quoted as saying, “What are we going to do?” The McCain people want to move this first debate to some later, undetermined date, possibly never. People on the inside are saying the Alaska Governor is “clueless.”

They’re embarrassed by her, and if I wasn’t afraid for my country, I might succumb to a temptation to feel sorry for her. She is well on her way to becoming nothing more than a national joke, and some of the jokes are more than a little funny:

John McCain showed up without running mate Sarah Palin, which is a shame because she actually has a lot of experience with financial matters. You know, she lives right next to a bank.

I think Coates gets it right:

The Palin pick was the most crassest, most bigoted decision that I’ve seen in national electoral politics . . . . There can be no doubt that they picked Palin strictly as a stick to drum up the victimhood narrative–small town, hunters, big families and most importantly, women.

The Republicans don’t care about people; they use them. She’s in deep now, and there’s no easy way out of this. In Palin, as Coates observed, McCain saw “breasts, hair and a lovely smile.” She never understood what her new role would demand of her, and just as she didn’t understand the demands of her new role, she didn’t have the skills to assess her inherent limitations in light of the role. John McCain wanted to exploit a moment in history that afforded an opportunity to women, and because of a lack of judgment and caution, he has exposed this naif to national humiliation and the nation to the threat of her incapacity for the role she seeks.


  1. if I wasn’t afraid for my country, I might succumb to a temptation to feel sorry for her

    I’ve died on stage before, and there’s not much else in the world more painful.  I feel for her, but I will do everything in my power to make it worse.

    Sorry.  Too important.

  2. rfahey22

    They thought that they could reignite the PUMA movement and also lock up religious conservatives simply by coming up with someone whom they believed possessed a compelling personality.  The Republicans don’t understand that people out there are really hurting and that they expect the government to, if not help them, then not actively thwart their efforts to help themselves.  Once you get past the identity politics, what does Palin bring to the table?  She doesn’t have credibility on any of the topics that people consider important in this election.  Even her one arguable issue, “good government,” is a concern that barely resonates, even in times when the public is essentially content with the government and has no urgent priorities.  And, her personal views on social issues are terrifying to many people.  It’s almost as if a space alien, with no sense of human nature or American history, surveyed the inner turmoil of the Democratic Party and picked Palin on the assumption that choosing any female politician, no matter her qualifications, would cause maximum damage to our chances.  

  3. sricki

    Hilarious, though, really. My mom called tonight, and I sent her a clip from the Couric interview. Sat on the phone and listened to her reaction: “Oh… oh god. Oh no. Oh, we’re screwed.” Heh, she’s not as pleased with her VP candidate as she was previously. Palin is a hysterical disaster for the GOP, and I’m loving every minute of it.

  4. GrassrootsOrganizer

    I’ll say it because no progressive man will — Sarah Palin is on that ticket because she’s right wing religious, she has a compelling personal story, she’s a woman and she’s HOT.   “Personality”  has as much to do with her success as it does for Tila Tequila’s.  She’s grating, cloying, insipid, shallow and dumb as a fork.  Turn over any rock in any private school in America and you’ll find ten Sarah Palins stabbing each other in the back and getting ahead on their asses.  Seriously, doesn’t anyone watch “Revenge of the Nerds” movies anymore?  

    Oh, wow, she hunts moose and makes stupid jokes. Well, let’s see how far her “wit” and “feistiness” would get her if she had 80 more pounds on her and grey hair.  IT’S ALL ABOUT HER LOOKS AND NOTHING MORE, unless you are a conservative Christian straight woman.  

    Now you have pundits warning Biden not to get too “mean” with Palin.  Christ on a cracker. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever heard folks talking about not being “mean” to a candidate.  Was it even possible to be “too mean” to Hillary?  What the hell is up with this vice-presidential prom queen with an eating disorder bullshit?

    Not that I’m arguing with the advice — there are enough dimwits out there who’ll vote for her only because Biden was too “mean”.  Whatever.  This is so incredibly sexist it makes my blood boil.  I wish I could debate her — behind closed doors — in a roomful of heavy objects.  

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