Forgetting Sarah Palin
I’m reading on TIMES ONLINE that McCain and Palin have ‘fallen out’ over the direction of their campaign. There’s not much in the article to substantiate this, beyond a quote from ‘a leading Republican consultant’ suggesting that she can see things getting away from them, and has one eye on topping the ticket in 2012.
I find the idea that Palin’s reputation and political future could outlive this election as terrifying as it is ridiculous. The McCain campaign has been awash with mistakes, a fact a growing number of staunch Republican consultants and commentators seem ready to admit, but surely the single greatest mistake was his choice of running mate.
To think of her being back here in four years time looking to oust an incumbent Obama seems just absurd. Surely the GOP will be able to muster somebody better than Palin, she being so inextricably linked to what’s shaping up as one of the most disastrous presidential campaigns in their history.
I’d have thought the big upside for them when they lose this election will be sending her straight back to the middle of nowhere, exiling the politics of hate-mongering and provincial ignorance in the process.
Or, as Time Blog‘s Ana Marie Cox put it: