I watched the widely viewed Gamechanger cable movie recently about the McCain 2008 campaign's fateful decision to pick Palin as McCain's vice president.
Going in I was under no illusions about who Ms. Palin is-and isn't-this is after all someone who was caught with the answers to debate questions written on her hands once.
Still watching it was a little bracing. Yes I of course was aware that she doesn't know the difference between North and South Korea and that she claimed that she knew a lot about Russia because you can see it from Alaska.
In the movie though you got the idea of just how illiterate she truly is on some pretty basic political questions. The campaign tried to give her a crash history lesson. They literally explained to her that Germany was our main enemy combatant in WWI and WWII.
It also emerged that she has no idea what the Fed is much less what it does.
Palin might be the most ignorant candidate ever on a Presidential ticket-though we should always be careful about such assumptions. I'm sure Bush's team had to be pretty thorough in briefing him though clearly she is on a whole new level even from him. In the end they decided to not try to explain anything to her and simply wrote her lines for her.
Mitt Romney is supposed to be a person of some actual substance. He comes from a venerable tradition with his father the moderate Republican from Michigan and his own history of public service.
However, Romney recently pulled his own Palin. Unable to check himself in his rush to capitalize on the mic being on and overhearing Obama in a discussion with the outgoing Russian President Medevev, Mitt went out and declared that Obama should not be making "secret deals" with Medevev as Russia is "by far" our biggest geopolitical enemy. Meanwhile no one other than maybe Sara Palin is so stupid as to know that this is far from the truth today, and last week he was saying the same thing about Iran-at least that's a little closer to reality.
Romney seems to have no shame in how far down this road he will go in pandering. Not only is he a phony, shameless, panderer, but he's really bad at it.