It seems that the Republican pundits’ love affair with La Palin is wilting like a 3-day violet. There have been several rather overtly uncomplimentary remarks amongst the press and conservative bloggers in general.
Most recently, there was Kathleen Parker’s blockbuster in the New Republic online, where she wrote, among other things, that “If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.” This from one of the leading conservative bloggers, and a former major Palin supporter. If she’s turning her back on the Governor, what must the more centrist Republicans be thinking? (The women must be thinking, “is this really what they think is representative of us?)
And the heck of it is, the Republicans are burned no matter what they do. Palin could withdraw tomorrow (as has been suggested) to “care for her newborn child,” and they would still have to deal with the humongous hit on McCain’s credibility and decision-making for having chosen her in the first place, along with public recognition of the shameless attempt to trump Obama’s nomination at the cost of common sense.
On the other hand, if they keep her on, it will become even more obvious that she is being kept away from the media as much as possible for fear of what she is liable to say (or be unable to say) next. They’re already getting flack about that, and the facts are incontrovertible: she has made three appearances (Gibson, Couric and a stint on FOX) since she was announced as the running mate, as opposed to 90-plus by Biden since his announcement. Sure, Joe’s sticking his foot in his mouth from time to time, but at least he’s making sense doing it.
And now, with their Congressmen responsible for the (at least temporary) sinking of the so-called bailout, they’ve got to be praying that it will turn out to have been the right move — and no one knows.
On one hand, it’s great fun to see the Republicans hoist on their own petard. On the other, it’s a crying shame to see what they have done to the Party of Lincoln. Any odd seismic activity of late is, no doubt, related to poor Abe’s rate of rotation.
Anyway, they’ll have plenty of time to think of new strategies between now and 2012 — and rest assured their Roving minds will be smokin’ — but for now, as their previous choice of puppet so famously attempted to say, “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”