Bubblehead called me on this, and I waffled, and suggested that I hadn't anticipated that Palin would be muzzled, and that if they ever let Palin talk to the media she'd have about two weeks after that until she flamed out. Well, that second prediction is looking pretty good. Palin is now losing conservatives.
Rob Dreher at beliefnet ("Conservative Politics and Religion") writes
Couric's questions are straightforward and responsible. Palin is mediocre, again, regurgitating talking points mechanically, not thinking. Palin's just babbling. She makes George W. Bush sound like Cicero. ... New Palin excerpt up, in which she discusses why having Russia next to Alaska gives her relevant foreign policy experience. I am well and truly embarrassed for her. I think she's a good woman who might well be a great governor of Alaska. But good grief, just watch this train wreck:Wow. Makes Bush look like Cicero. Ouch. Here's the "train wreck" Dreher refers to:
The gaffes and problems are now coming so fast that the McCain campaign is "surrounded by a swirling mass of Internet-generated rumors so thick that I expected to see Geraldo Rivera courageously standing amidst it in a rain slicker." Dave Berry. If Palin loses apologist Adam, then we know she's officially toast. Stand by.
h/t on the Dreher article to Andrew Sullivan.
Update: The Ticker is reporting
Prominent conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, said Friday recent interviews have shown the Alaska governor is "out of her league" and should leave the GOP presidential ticket for the good of the party.