I updated the Caribou Barbie Makeover story earlier yesterday, and now more is revealed showing that Palin was poorly vetted. She was wholly unprepared to assume office.
ABC's Charlie Gibson interview with Sarah Palin, where she revealed how clueless she was on foreign policy and the Bush Doctrine, was released September 10th, and it was the turning point. The Couric interviews came later. The Gibson interview was released 5 days before Lehman Brothers downfall that began the banking meltdown.
Republican blogs who support Palin are pushing the notion that the economic meltdown was the McCain/Palin downfall -- not true. The drop in the polls came days before the meltdown hit the front pages.
But the most telling of the revelations are those that again underline the extent to which Palin was just flat-out unqualified - which also means she was poorly vetted by McCain.
FoxNews' Carl Cameron had the scoop on Palin angst for Shepherd Smith's show on Wednesday. Cameron has been traveling with the McCain campaign and said he had told the campaign he would hold the info. until after the election.
He said that McCain advisers told him they had no confidence in Palin from day one, based on a series of questions they asked her. To highlight two:
She did not know the three countries in NAFTA.
She did not know Africa was a continent, not a country.
Cameron said the advisers told him Palin flubbed a "whole host of questions that caused serious problems about her 'knowledgeability.'"
They additionally said she threw tantrums when she received bad press. They said she too often ignored her advisers.
They even leveled the dubious claim that she resisted coaching for the Katie Couric interview and thus walked straight into the debacle that, along with Tina Fey's impression, made her a laughingstock to all but her faithful base.
And now we know that Palin and McCain were apparently not even talking to each other at the campaign's end.
The miscommunication and quarrels between the two camps lasted into Tuesday night, said McCain aides familiar with the situation. Palin arrived at the Arizona Biltmore planning to deliver a speech before McCain's concession speech, they said, but was told by senior McCain aides Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter that it would not be appropriate.
Palin never discussed her plan to deliver a speech on election night with the McCain campaign heads? She just showed up planning to take the stage and say whatever she wanted to say?
But what's most telling is the fact that those who know her best, Steve Schmidt -- who is credited by some with pushing for Palin as the Veep choice in the first place - vetoed her speech.
Too bad they didn't figure all of this out before the convention. The election of John McCain failed with the nomination of Sarah Palin. The only question was "by how much."
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