I’ve got a new AlterNet piece up about the biggest non-game changing moments that did not shape the 2008 election. Sarah Palin made the list. Excerpt:
Palin’s problems began when she stopped reading from a script and started talking with reporters. Palin had trouble answering hard-hitting questions such as what newspapers and magazines she read (“All of them!”) and whether she could name a Supreme Court case that she had ever disagreed with. Even more worrisome was her claim that living in close proximity to Russia gave her invaluable foreign policy experience because “as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there.” And who could forget Palin’s assertion that the government’s $700 billion Wall Street bailout plan would “help those who are concerned about the health care reform that is needed to help shore up the economy.” Also, the bailout was proof that “we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing” and that “reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americas.”
If the McCain campaign really thought that Palin could win over former female Clinton supporters, then they must think that female voters are some of the stupidest people on the planet. Memo to the GOP: Millions of people flocked to Clinton in the primaries because of her intellect and her wonky passion for bread-and-butter economic issues such as universal health care. She cannot be easily replaced by a woman whose chief accomplishment so far in life has been eating a moose.
Plz read whole thing. Kthxbai.