The criticism in Parker's Friday column is the latest in a recent string of negative assessments toward the McCain-Palin candidacy from prominent conservatives.
"It was fun while it lasted," Parker writes. "Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who is clearly out of her league."
It's an interesting article, and well worth reading in full. Parker goes on to say things like, "If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself," and, "Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves [by bowing out]." The weird thing is that Parker was an early supporter of Palin's nomination, calling McCain's choice "keen judgment." Now she thinks it's BS. The other weird thing is that Parker isn't the only prominent conservative who thinks Palin is a disaster. She's simply the latest in a growing line of them. The Republican party is as fractured as the Democrats used to be. Palin united them for a week, then, apparently, blew it.
America seems to be falling out of love with Palin as quickly as it fell in love with her. The post-convention bump has evaporated. Her favorable ratings are dropping, and her unfavorable ratings are growing. I suspect this comes from the public wanting to see more of her, and then being disappointed with what they saw on the three occasions when the McCain campaign let her out on her own.
She's not going to step down, obviously. Even if she wanted to, which I doubt she does, who would be crazy enough to take her place? All the possible candidates know they have a better chance of winning on their own in 2012 than they do joining the McCain ticket now. Despite recent polls that show an almost dead heat, they know McCain is pretty much doomed. History and the economy have all but dictated it.
Thursday's vice presidential debate is going to be unbelievably important to the McCain campaign. If Palin continues this downward swing of "We Alaskans keep an eye on Russia!" and "What's the Bush Doctrine?" Obama will continue to surge ahead in the polls. But even if she can pull her head out of her butt long enough to do well, and polls go back to a dead heat, it probably won't be enough to save the ticket in the long run.
It's funny. Just a few weeks ago, after the convention, I thought the nomination of Sarah Palin might be what saves the McCain campaign from a certain thrashing on November 4. Now it seems she's gone back to being what might ensure McCain's defeat.