The NYT‘s Frank Rich sees what we’ve been seeing… Funny, this woman has gone from national laughingstock to great Republican hope? It boggles the mind…
McCain is looking increasingly shaky, whether he’s repeating his “Miss Congeniality” joke twice in the same debate or speaking from notecards even when reciting a line for literally the 17th time “The fundamentals of our economy are strong” or repeatedly confusing proper nouns that begin with S — Sunni, Shia, Sudan, Somalia, Spain. McCain’s “dismaying temperament,” as George Will labeled it, only thickens the concerns. His kamikaze mission into Washington during the bailout crisis seemed crazed. His seething, hostile debate countenance — a replay of Al Gore’s sarcastic sighing in 2000 — didn’t make the deferential Obama look weak as many Democrats feared but elevated him into looking like the sole presidential grown-up.
Though CNN and MSNBC wouldn’t run a political ad with doctors questioning McCain’s medical status, Gupta revisited the issue in an interview published last Tuesday by The Huffington Post. While maintaining a pretty upbeat take on the candidate’s health, the doctor-journalist told the reporter Sam Stein that he couldn’t vouch “by any means” for the completeness of the records the campaign showed him four months ago. “The pages weren’t numbered,” Gupta said, “so I had no way of knowing what was missing.” At least in Watergate we knew that the gap on Rose Mary Woods’ tape ran 18 and a half minutes.
It’s against this backdrop that Palin’s public pronouncements, culminating with her debate performance, have been so striking. The standard take has it that she’s either speaking utter ignorant gibberish as to Couric or reciting highly polished, campaign-written sound bites that she’s memorized as at the convention and the debate. But there’s a steady unnerving undertone to Palin’s utterances, a consistent message of hubristic self-confidence and hyper-ambition. She wants to be president, she thinks she can be president, she thinks she will be president. And perhaps soon. She often sounds like someone who sees herself as half-a-heartbeat away from the presidency. Or who is seen that way by her own camp, the hard-right G.O.P. base that never liked McCain anyway and views him as, at best, a White House place holder.
by Frank Rich, NYT: Pitbull Palin Mauls McCain
Remember: If you cast a vote for McCain, very likely you’re casting a vote for a Palin presidency. How does that thought make you sleep at night?
Another thought: Karl Rove is one devious so-and-so…