Yes, the McCain campaign knew from the start that Sarah Palin was a blockheaded and painfully ignorant political lightweight. According to this Fox News reporter, it's been revealed the day after the election, now that nothing is off the record anymore, that essentially McCain chose her after minimal consideration and based on the strong recommendation of Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard.
And yet, even though they knew right away that she didn't fit the bill, they still went ahead for two months, bullshitting all of America with this farce of a candidate. McCain's first choice, Joe Lieberman, put his entire political career in jeopardy (and has now ruined it permanently) to try to inject some brains into this pin cushion of a politician, and smiled in the background like a dutiful little man, like a sleazy trusty at Treblinka. Just waiting to be named Secretary of State in the McCain administration. And now that he's heading back to the Senate, he is sure to lose all his choice committee positions.
This was the one they chose to be next in line for the presidency? This is what they called putting country first?
She thought Africa was a single country! She couldn't identify the countries that were parties to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)!
Having her in the shotgun seat is the ONLY reason why the Republicans didn't lose by 20 points.
The Fox News anchor on the left in the video says that the network's analysts studied the charts on McCain's standing in the polls, and concluded that the turnaround that put Obama in the lead for good occurred right after Palin's interview with Katie Couric. And it was revealed that Palin refused pre-interview prep work from McCain's staff!
She is FAR worse than Bush in the "govern by the seat of your pants" dept. All I can say is I am profoundly grateful that the Obama recognized the farce early enough to neutralize any potential appeal she might have had beyond the Christianist base of the GOP.