The Ground Zero of Fake America

From Troopergate to her interviews with Katie Couric, Sarah Palin really has destroyed McCain’s candidacy. Where it seems Bill Kristol thought the sudden infusion of someone completely out of left field would liven up a stale campaign, and save the McCain candidacy from boring everyone to death (see McCain’s speech on the night Obama won the primaries contest?), even he’s now saying McCain has to distance himself from his entire campaign. No matter what happens, the GOP continues to refuse to allow her to be questioned freely by the press in a press conference, and why? Because everything she says is either stupid or offensive:

Democrats and others criticized Palin for seeming to imply that some parts of the country are more patriotic than others.

They sure did:

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Palin denied that was her intention in an interview with CNN on Tuesday.

“I don’t want that misunderstood,” Palin said. “If that’s the way it came across, I apologize.”

The Alaska governor made the remarks at a fundraising event in North Carolina last week.

“We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard-working, very patriotic, very pro-America areas of this great nation,” she told the crowd.

As Jon Stewart quite rightly demonstrates, it never crossed her mind that in using coded language to attack urban/metropolitan America, she was attacking the Americans most directly affected by 9/11, leaving her having undermined her own narrative, and the GOP barely able to call itself the most patriotic party. I’ve never seen such a vicious attack by Stewart on any politician before to be honest, yet despite her apology, it couldn’t be more richly deserved – seen her latest on homosexuality? Whichever way she turns, she can’t help but be the problem, even to the campaign’s balance sheet:

The Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family since her surprise pick by John McCain in late August.

According to financial disclosure records, the accessorizing began in early September and included bills from Saks Fifth Avenue in St. Louis and New York for a combined $49,425.74.

Not normal behaviour for a ‘hockey mom’ or a ‘Jane Six-Pack’ I’m sure you’ll agree. If Palin is going to be a contender for 2012 (as a dwindling few wish she already were), she’s going to have to get handlers who give her a grip, because right now she’s toxic:

The declines in Palin’s ratings have been even more substantial among the very voters Republicans aimed to woo. The percentage of white women viewing her favorably dropped 21 points since early September, among independent women it fell 24 points.

More broadly, the intensity of negative feelings about Palin are also notable: 40 percent of voters have “strongly unfavorable” views, more than double the post-convention number. Nearly half of independent women now see her in a very negative light, a nearly three-fold increase.


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