• How Sarah Palin Lost the Election… and Saved America

    It sure was smart of John McCain to choose a woman he met in an elevator or something as his running mate for the most important task of his political career.

    Yep. She sure is working out like gangbusters with the electorate…

    Palin's qualifications to be president now rank as voters' top concern about John McCain's candidacy – "ahead of continuing President Bush's policies, enacting economic policies that only benefit the rich and keeping too high of a troop presence in Iraq," according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

    Huh? I didn't see that coming when I pasted that pull quote into this post before reading it. She's the main reason voters have for not voting for McCain? But that can't be! She's all folksy and hockey-mommish. I thought that America was mesmerized by her Tina Fey-esque small town charms.

    Could it be that the shine is coming off the puck?

    Fifty-five percent of respondents now say Palin is not qualified to serve as president, a five-point jump from the previous NBC/WSJ survey.

    To be fair, those are numbers, and numbers are kinda related to science, I think. So, they're really not to be trusted.

    You see, there's a whole 'nuther way of looking at this. She's setting campaign records that are just as important and difficult as Barack Obama's…

    Mr. Obama's favorability is the highest for a presidential candidate running for a first term in the last 28 years of Times/CBS polls.

    Mrs. Palin's negative rating is the highest for a vice-presidential candidate as measured by The Times and CBS News. Even Dan Quayle, with whom Mrs. Palin is often compared because of her age and inexperience on the national scene, was not viewed as negatively in the 1988 campaign.

    That might be true, but I don't think you can really compare Dan Quayle to Sarah Palin. For one thing, he wasn't a maverick. Nor a hockey mom. Also, he was neither a pitbull nor a tube of lipstick. Nor, as a candidate, did he ever state his intentions to reign supreme as the God Head of the Senate.

    So, it's not really fair to compare their negativity ratings. I mean, there's a big difference between a incompetent vice-president and caricature of a incompetent vice president.

    You see, she's not all about "inspiring confidence" or "doin' stuff good" or "not constantly making embarrassing mistakes on television."

    She's about… Well, I don't know. Something else. Something that doesn't involve numbers or reality or stuff.

    Update: Newsweek weighs in on the donkey scarf mystery.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Dan Quayle, Sarah Palin


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