For Democrats, this really is Christmas in September. Rather than McCain getting any sort of bump from his Hail Mary selection, Obama is crushing him in a bevy of polls. In fact, for the first time ever, Obama today cracked 50 percent in the Gallup tracking poll. Add to it the fact that Palin's selection was rash and designed to placate right-wing extremists - not to mention condescending towards Hillary's voters, whom Old Man McCain apparently thought would blindly line up behind anyone with a vagina, no matter how batshit crazy she is - and it seems like the wheels have come off the Straight Talk Express.
Let's celebrate by reviewing a list of the things we've learned about Sarah Palin these last few days (besides the pregnant teenage daughter), after the jump.
1.) Sarah Palin doesn't know what a VP does. (Money quote: "As for that VP talk all the time, Iâ??ll tell you, I still canâ??t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?"
2.) Sarah Palin is the first VP nominee since probably 1860 to have belonged to a secessionist party. Hers was the Alaskan Independence Party, which wants to secede from the union.
3.) Sarah Palin is a would-be book burner. In Wasilla, she tried to fire a librarian who refused to ban books that Palin thought had inappropriate language.
4.) Sarah Palin was nearly recalled as Wasilla mayor, after firing the city's police chief for "not supporting" her regime. According to Time, the chief was fired for opposing an NRA-backed gun law. He may also have been fired for endorsing her opponent.
5.) Sarah Palin is a radical anti-choice zealot. "She opposes abortion in all cases [note: even rape!] and opposes the use of birth control pills and condoms even among married couples." Hmmm. Maybe that preggers daughter of hers isn't so irrelevant after all.
8.) Sarah Palin believes the Iraq War is a mission from God. She also thinks that God wants the U.S. to build an oil and gas pipeline in her state.
9.) Sarah Palin is not pure as the driven snow, despite Team McCain's efforts to roll her out as a tough-minded reformer. The fact is that she is pretty darn tight with indicted sleazeball Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK). In fact, in 2003 she ran his 527 group that collected unlimited money from corporate donors. And in 2006, he endorsed her.
10.) Sarah Palin abused her power, just like the Bush administration abused its power. Palin fired a bureaucrat who refused to fire her ex-brother-in-law. Now she's the subject of a bipartisan state investigation, the results of which are due in October.
I can't wait to find out what the next 100 hours brings. If she makes it that long.