Sarah Palin has derailed:

Palin [video]: And I do look forward to Thursday night and debating Senator Joe Biden. [cheers and applause] We're gonna talk about those new ideas, new energy for America. I'm looking forward to meeting him, too; I've never met him before—but I've been hearing about his senate speeches since I was in, like, second grade. [laughter]

Couric: You made a funny comment—you said you've been listening to Joe Biden's speeches since you were in second grade, something like that.

Palin: It's been since like '72, yeah.

Couric: When you have a 72-year-old running mate, is that a kind of a risky thing to say, insinuating that Joe Biden's been around awhile?

Palin: Oh no, it's nothing negative at all. He's got a lot of experience and, just stating the fact there, that we've been hearing his speeches for all these years, so— He's got a tremendous amount of experience and, you know, I'm the new energy, the new face, the new ideas, and he's got the experience based on many, many years in the senate and voters are gonna have a choice there and what it is that they want in these next four years.
So, first she makes a joke that reflects badly on her running mate if he's judged by the same standards, and then she makes a clarification that reflects badly on herself, given that her relative inexperience is her biggest liability. Fooking hell. Steve Benen asks, amusingly, "She is aware of the dynamic surrounding the two presidential candidates, isn't she?" Seriously.

Btw, I went to the official McCain-Palin website, and I'll be damned if I can find any of these new ideas she's allegedly bringing to the table. I'm not saying she's not bringing any, but, if she is, her campaign isn't promoting them very effectively.

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