But it sure looks like it's coming up fast to meet us.

Worse, Palin's routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric's questions for her "less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media." At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, "Sit down, boy."
I'm sure lots of places will highlight this quote today because of the last part--expect a lot more racially charged language in the next four weeks, and in the four years after that, because there's a certain class of people who are scared by the prospect of an African-American president, so much so that the racism they generally keep in check in polite company comes bursting forth at inopportune moments.

But I expect that. It's the first part I'm more bemused by. Sarah Palin has become the torchbearer for every person who was ever caught out as unprepared for a test who blamed the test giver for failing. Palin isn't ready for this gig, and the interviews she gave with Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric prove it. Her dismal performances explain why reporters can't get close to her on the campaign trail now--she can't be trusted without a script.

So she's trying to set Obama up as a proxy for anyone who ever made you feel dumb, and dammit, she's willing to get down there and feel dumb right alongside ya, you betcha. Because it's more important just to trust and go with your gut and not blink when you're called upon.

She's the perfect candidate for this party. Accuracy doesn't matter to her; logic and reason are for people who blink. No wonder it's playing with that crowd. Bigots don't blink either--they're running on unthinking instinct. You'd think that after eight years of gutlyness that's provided us with 2 wars, record deficits and a global economic meltdown, that the average American would be looking for a little more in a candidate than the ability to keep his or her eyes open for long periods of time. For the moment, it looks like they are--we have a month to see if that holds true.

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