After championing the ilk of Joe the Plumber, after chest-thumping paeans to populism, after chastising Obama’s tax plan as a fifty-pound dumbbell on the American Dream, Sarah Palin sprang nearly $200,000 on her family’s wardrobe, or, four times the median household income.
After stoking crowds with McCarthy-esque invective against Obama, she led to what the Secret Service reported as a “sharp and disturbing increase in threats” toward the now President-Elect.
After chiding by the media, she claimed a violation of her First Amendment rights.
After returning to Alaska, she criticized the other forty-nine states for not allowing equal opportunities and equal treatment.
After supporting the Bridge to Nowhere, she opposed it. After fighting for earmarks, she objected to them. After saying climate change was not man-made, she said it was.
But Brutus is an honorable man.
These grievances do not even touch upon the persistent flight to fiction; for that, Andrew Sullivan has assembled a primer. These statements are not hyperbolic excess but rather proven falsehoods, where you can stamp Q.E.D. at the end of a rebuttal.
At this point, Governor Palin has a dim future in national politics. Not because of disgruntled McCain staffers peddling in allegations, but because of self-inflicted wounds (see Couric interview or Gibson interview). Her meteoric rise has quickly smoldered into the darkness of the Alaskan winter.