With just over a week to go and poll numbers ranging from middling to dismal, there is a lot of pressure on the McCain campaign. By some reports, the finger pointing has already begun, as pessimism about the ticket’s prospects on November begins to take a hold.
In the wake of what appears to be a collective premonition, Palin is reported to be blowing off senior handlers from the Bush re-election campaign in favor of unchaperoned interactions with the press. A report from the website Politico.com, says that she has even ventured “off the reservation” on some policy issues like the new Democrat-driven stimulus package and the more recent fruit fly and autism research gaffe in which she mocked the funding autism research using fruit flies. (An incredulous viewer of Palin’s Youtube clip described her as a Democrat’s wet dream in this respect, citing how he learnt of the importance of fruit flies to scientific research, even as a kid. But even more substantive is an independent story that has been floating around the internet since about 9/13/08 citing discoveries made in Drosophilia fruit flies that may lead to advances in understanding autism spectrum disorders via a protein called neurexin. Palin’s uninformed policy speech was on 10/24/08. If she had done her her homework, she would have kept mum about fruit fly research or it least made a more informed stab at it.)
The Politico.com report by Ben Smith suggests that, with a small but vocal group of supporters behind her, Palin may already be looking past the 2008 campaign to 2012. But there is reason to doubt that Sarah Palin’s political career is salvageable beyond the bounds of Alaska, but even that is not a given. Her political career and McCain’s presidential aspirations may be headed to the same political graveyard.
Another blog, CNN’s “Political Ticker”, quotes a McCain source as saying that Governor Palin appears to now be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign. Oi vai!
The best piece of advice that can be given to Governor Palin at this point would be to not look past an Oprah-esque talk show for right-wing soccer moms on Fox Cable. Remember, your heard it here folks.