Thanks, sadly, to an unstable financial sector, veep candidate Sarah Palin has been nudged aside just a bit so some real news could get covered. But there are other indicators that Palin person will finally be reduced to her more human-like stature. A little less Annie Oakley of the Artic mythology and some regular, greenhorn politicking, lawyering up against ethics investigations and avoiding all contact with the press.
Because, dear Lord, we don't want to know what could happen if someone asked her a question in a situation where she couldn't quickly defer to her talking points on a teleprompter.
Along with this I have some portents of what I hope signal the official end of the Moose burger era and a return to rationality to some degree.
Conservatives Turn On McCain-Palin: This Huffington Post story doesn't take any sort of official poll on the matter, but points to some conservative word jockeys who are a little annoyed with John McCain for blowing his "Country First" credentials by picking a candidate based solely on her ability to jazz up the base, but not on her ability to do anything other than that.
It features this clip from Richard Cohen of The Washington Post:
His opportunistic and irresponsible choice of Sarah Palin as his political heir -- the person in whose hands he would leave the country -- is a form of personal treason, a betrayal of all he once stood for. Palin, no matter what her other attributes, is shockingly unprepared to become president. McCain knows that. He means to win, which is all right; he means to win at all costs, which is not.
Palin's Favorability Numbers Eroding: FiveThirtyEight.com crunches the numbers and thinks Palin's pluses are going flat. They cite her appearance on ABC in an interview with Charles Gibson and Tina Fey's adept mimicry on Saturday Night Live as possible factors in the dip.
(T)here is a similar decline in her numbers in the Diageo/Hotline poll. Her favorability numbers in yesterday's Hotline poll -- today's isn't out yet -- were a 48-36, or a +12. But a week ago, on September 8, she had been at a 48-24, a +24.
I just want it to be done. Is it done already??? Or does it end after her interview with Sean Hannity? If Sean gives her some "grrl" power will she finally recede to the background?