Last night on the Factor, Carl Cameron broke some strong rumors about the capability of Governor Palin.
So, anonymous staffers somewhere in the McCain campaign claim that Governor Palin didn't know that Africa was a continent, which nations were in NAFTA, spent like a drunken sailor on clothes, and appeared inappropriately to meet them once in a visit to her hotel room.
Now, each of the rumors regarding her intelligence can easily be debunked. For instance, she is a mother of five and as such, I firmly believe that she has helped each with their homework, including basic geography. At some point, I am certain, they went over world geography. As such, if Governor Palin didn't learn that Africa was a continent the first time around, I am certain she learned it when she was helping her own children with their homework.
As for the bit about NAFTA, that is just as ridiculous. As governor of a state, free trade issues are part of the job. When companies from nations involved in free trade pacts attempt to do business in Alaska, the Governor has some involvement. Knowing which countries are part of NAFTA would have been something she would have learned as part of her role as governor if not before.
What's truly stunning about these accusations is that, if true, her intelligence would be of a sixth grader. It's just simply impossible that she would have gotten this far in politics and no one would have noticed how dumb she was.
As for the last two, I really don't care if they are true. Who cares how she was dressed one time when answering the door in her hotel room? If the RNC spent $150,000 on her clothes, who's money was being spent on these other clothes?
What's clear is that there was some part of the McCain campaign that was not happy with the choice of Sarah Palin. It's clear that as soon as she made any missteps this force was determined to try and blame her for the failure of the entire campaign. There are rumors abound who these folks are. I won't deal in rumors, however the conservative movement will not stand for this smear job. Red State is starting Operation Leper. The Conservative movement will figure out who the leaks are and make no mistake, these folks will NEVER, EVER, work for another Republican again, if said Republican ever wants to win an election.