It seems incredible now that Sarah Palin was ever even allowed the chance to get within a heartbeat of the Oval Office. But indeed she was, and it changed the game, though not in the way that was intended. As soon as she joined the McCain ticket, a new element began showing up for rallies and events that resembled the John Birchers of the Kennedy era. They muttered about ‘socialism’ and birth certificate conspiracies, held monkey dolls wearing hats made out of Obama bumper stickers, and generally offered a preview of the tea party spring that followed just a few months later. For a while, Sarah Palin was the hot ticket in GOP politics. But slowly, surely, the word salad pouring out of her mouth wore away what credibility she enjoyed outside the narrow confines of right wing politics. When she resigned her governorship, even diehard Republicans were forced to admit she was a disappointment. Now we know what a world with President Sarah Palin would be like, and from her own mouth:

Speaking Saturday at the National Rifle Association’s “Stand And Fight” rally at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Palin accused the Obama administration of instating counterterrorism policies that “coddle adversaries.”

“Come on. Enemies, who would utterly annihilate America, they who’d obviously have information on plots, to carry out Jihad. Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen,” she said. “Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists.”

It is just like a right wing John Bircher (which Sarah Palin apparently is) to talk about torturing someone as a way to save their soul.

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