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Josh Marshall nails it. The Rovian leaders of the McCain campaign hope to generate a sympathy vote for Sarah Palin to cover for her manifest unsuitability to be vice president. If she were up to the job, don't you think they'd let her do interviews? It is about, among many other relevant issues, her and her husband's association over the years with an out-there political group in Alaska. Perhaps, when she surfaces, she'll disavow this kook:

Joe Vogler, the founder of the Alaskan Independence Party, said this:

"The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government. And I won't be buried under their damn flag. I'll be buried in Dawson. And when Alaska is an independent nation they can bring my bones home."

Then there's her race for mayor, on an anti-abortion, pro-gun platform emphasizing that she was a born-again Christian. What any of that has to do with municipal government is of importance only in a normal state. Issues: her opponent didn't go to church. She talked about book banning. She raised taxes and grew city bureaucracy. Growth in her suburb has been a mess. But you gotta say this: She sounds qualified to succeed the Bushies.

As Slate notes, the press is now doing the job McCain didn't do.

And, if she's going to claim leadership of the Alaska National Guard as foreign policy experience, don't you think it's fair to ask her to name one decision she's made with foreign policy implications?

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