Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Setting the stage?

Since reading that rousing and snarly little speech to a friendly partisan audience at the RNC, it's been all downhill for Sarah Palin, and rightly so. One by one, even conservative columists are backpeddling on their initial enthusiasm for Palin -- some quietly grumbling that it might be time for her to bow out. With the pivotal VP debate coming up tomorrow night, Palin is locked down and incommunicado, feverishly cramming at Debate Camp as the McCain campaign tries to figure out how to keep this thing from going sideways:

"The McCain campaign moved its top officials inside Gov. Sarah Palin's operation Sunday to prepare for what is certain to be the most important event of her vice-presidential campaign: her debate on Thursday with Democrat Joe Biden.

Additionally, at the urging of the Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, Gov. Palin will leave late Monday for his Arizona ranch to prepare for the high-stakes debate.

The moves follow several shaky performances by Gov. Palin last week and come amid concern and grumbling from Republicans, and even a few queries from her husband, Todd Palin, according to campaign operatives and Republican officials."

Wait-wait-wait a minute. That's interesting:
"For his part, Mr. Palin has worried about the frequent separation of his wife from her family, friends and Alaska staff, an adviser said. Accordingly, her family will be with her in Sedona during this week. Also, a key Alaska staffer joined the Palin operation Sunday." (emphasis mine)
One foot out the door and the other on a banana peel!