Palin and the Right Keep Tripping Over Their Narcissism

Palin’s reality problem

I’m done with ‘em

Supporters of Palin say she’s had it with the campaign staff.

“She’s lost confidence in most of the people on the [campaign] plane,” a Palin insider told Politico. He says she would like to further ignore staff advice and do things her own way.

But CNN reports campaign aides say she’s a selfish renegade.

“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser. “She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family, or anyone else.”

Palin blames Bush for GOP defeat

“I think the Republican ticket represented too much of the status quo, too much of what had gone on in these last eight years,” Palin said in an interview with the Anchorage Daily News at Wasilla Sunday afternoon, referring to the Bush presidency from 2000 to 2008.

Alaska Governor Palin made the remarks after former Republican candidate John McCain lost the November 4 election last week to President-elect Barack Obama.

Palin also criticized President George W. Bush’s war policies in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“How did we run up a $10 trillion debt in a Republican administration, how have there been blunders with war strategy under a Republican administration,” she asked.

When asked about her political future, the Alaska Governor did not rule out a run for president or vice president in 2012.

One can see where Palin’s base – the name callers at her rallies and the Republicans that regard her as a “MILF”– might let her get away with being critical of Bush’s strategy or lack there of in Afghanistan, but Iraq. Iraq is the Right’s centerpiece of the neocon’s flytrap theory of preventing another 9-11; Just ask Fox’s Brit Hume who says us mere mortals just show some appreciation for Bush’s policy direction “an amazing one”. Maybe if Palin had made speeches to that effect rather then tossing out the vitriol about President-elect Obama, she might have been able to convince some moderate Republicans and Independents that she really was something other then Dick Cheney in heels. When Palin hasn’t been blaming McCain/McCain’s staff or Bush she’s been blaming the media, a tired old dog that the Right resorts to whipping when all else fails, Palin On Fox News: Couric Annoyed Me

For the record, Couric asked her, among other things, what type of news sources she turns to for information, which Supreme Court decisions she disagreed with, why Alaska’s proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy experience, her opinion of the bailout package for Wall Street, and where she thought Vice President Dick Cheney erred. Which one of those questions was designed to trip her up (as opposed to, say, give viewers a better sense of her character and views) is tough to ascertain.

The only one of those questions that an informed voter might be able to let her slide on was the Supreme Court decisions. Even then, as a college graduate and governor shouldn’t Brown V. Board of Education, or Miranda V. Arizona ring a bell or sense her son is in a modern sexually integrated military, maybe United States V. VMI. I watched a few minutes of the series The Today Show is doing on her this morning – very much a puff piece where she goes relatively unchallenged by Matt Lauer, thus far. She goes on at length defending herself against what she describes as attacks, but which in most cases were/are legitimate questioning of her qualifications, stands on issues and her ethics. She capable of being pleasant, of projecting a public persona, that more substantive qualities aside, one can see where in our acutely personality obsessed culture, she would be someone that low info voters would find appealing. It would be great if everyone on the political spectrum based their vote on something more concrete, but such is the nature of politics since Hamilton and Jefferson battled it out two hundred years ago. The most disappointing and goofy aspect of Palin’s 20/20 hindsight is that she thinks that she will be qualified to be president in 2012 and that she was not the one that dragged down the McCain campaign. October 23, 2008 Sarah Palin dragging down Republican ticket: polls

The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found that Americans are less and less convinced she is worthy to serve as the country’s number-two leader.

“Her numbers have plummeted in our poll … what’s more 55 percent think she’s unqualified to serve as president if the need arises, which is a troublesome number given McCain’s age,”

In exit polling Palin didn’t do well, Exit polls: Age v. race

GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin didn’t do well in exit polls. Sixty percent of those polled said the Alaska governor is not qualified to be president, if necessary; 38 percent said she is. That compares with the two-thirds of those polled who said Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden is qualified to be president…

Palin like much of the Right’s political leaders suffers from that peculiar brand of narcissism that just doesn’t allow for inward reflection. Its everyone’s fault, but Palin’s. Her qualifications to lead are, in her mind, spectacular. Her judgment, according to her and her supporters, is never in err and she can see Russia on a clear day, which practically makes her the Alaskan Benjamin Franklin.

Palin does have her defenders, McCain Owes Sarah Some Straight Talk

Where’s John McCain’s honor when we need it?

We’ll find out tonight, when the Arizona Republican appears on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. In the week since the election, Mr. McCain’s campaign team has leaked some nasty stuff about Sarah Palin. These leaks are personal, and they speak more to the character of Mr. McCain and the leakers than they do to Mrs. Palin. So it will be telling if Mr. McCain stands up for his partner and says how offended he has been by what some of his staffers have done to her.

Now the Right questions McCain’s honor. Where were they when McBush thought he could smear campaign his way into the White House.

Democrats are not without problems. Note Democratic ‘centrist’ Mark Penn’s Most affluent voters key to Obama sweep. Those voter’s post secondary education would be the more apt description of that demographic shifting liberal and Liberal Value’s observation that the religious Right has begun to scare educated Republicans and Independents.

Obama to mark Veterans Day with wreath-laying

President-elect Obama planned to honor fallen troops Tuesday, taking a short break from his primary task of mapping out his administration to mark Veterans Day.

The Democrat was slated to lay a wreath in Chicago, accompanied by Tammy Duckworth, a disabled Iraq war veteran and 2006 failed congressional candidate who now is the Illinois governor’s veterans affairs director.