"Our opponent is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country," Palin told a rally of about 10,000 gathered at a tennis stadium in Carson, a suburb of Los Angeles.
That echoed comments she made earlier in the day to donors at a private airport in Englewood, Colo.: "Our opponent ... is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country."
And lest anyone think this was just a momentary lapse in judgement from Bible Spice, think again:
"We're going to get a little tougher," a senior Republican operative said, indicating that a fresh batch of television ads is coming. "We've got to question this guy's associations. Very soon. There's no question that we have to change the subject here," said the operative, who was not authorized to discuss strategy and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Translation: "There's no way we can win with the economy all fucked up and our guys taking the blame, so we have to smear the hell out of Obama to have any chance of winning."
So, they are going to start smearing him as a terrorist lover and black radical. I don't think anyone is stupid enough to miss the context of this; McCain is desperate. This is all he has left. He can't win on issues. Palin was good for a short term bump in the polls, but disastrous over the long term. And her selection as McCain's running mate has taken the experience argument off the table, just as I predicted it would.
Although he promised to run an honorable campaign, it is now clear that McCain cares about nothing other than winning. His legacy as a straight-talking maverick is toast. And good riddance to that, since it was never really true to begin with. Country first? No, it's always been McCain first.
He's been a talented self-promoter over the years, but now it's all falling apart.
She's eerily spot-on.