When I read the headline for this article on CNN.com, I laughed so hard that I peed a little. In my head, I'm picturing Sarah Palin clad in camo and face paint, hiding with her husband Todd in the wilderness, out of contact with the McCain campaign. As if she's some trained operative that's broken free from her brainwashing and she's on the loose!
Reality is that everyone's a critic when your team is losing. McCain and Palin have one week to completely shift the tide of the election in their favor, and things are getting contentious. Instead of letting her $150,000 wardrobe drift away, Palin decided to bring it up again yesterday, which really only helps her detractors. I think it's one of the dumbest issues that's come up this year, but Palin seems more interested in self-preservation than in doing what is best for her ticket.
McCain's decision to pick Palin will be debated for a long time. I think the damage she did to his ticket has been overstated. His economic policies and statements that the fundamentals of the economy were strong have damaged him far more than his running mate ever could. Although one poll suggests that the Palin selection made McCain much less palatable to independent voters.