... What’s left of Palin’s core constituency -- the media -- showed up on a slow news weekend to chronicle her soap opera histrionics, operational anarchy and rock-ribbed narcissism. But it’s hard to keep running on the fumes of old celebrity. Having failed to finish a single term as governor, master any policy issues, or build a competent organization, she is noted largely for the fun stuff -- looking good and appearing on television, both on her travelogue show and within the safe ideological cocoon of Fox News. She cheered her daughter Bristol on “Dancing with the Stars.” She gives lucrative speeches to friendly audiences. She got rich in a Paris Hilton kind of way, and now finds herself ridiculous in much the same vein. ...Margaret Carlson's post is "Like Dog Days of Summer, Palin Is Fading Away."
... Palin has lost her mojo. She is no longer the singular fixation of the Tea Party, and no longer a candidate who registers high enough in national polls to be taken seriously. She has learned how to run toward a camera, but not how to run for office, and she will be left behind if she tries.
If there is anyone left who wants to wager that Palin will become president, I’ll bet an all-expense-paid trip to Alaska. If she loses, I’ll take a trip to someplace warm.
"Margaret Carlson is a former White House correspondent for TIME, where in 1994 she became the magazine's first woman columnist. A former editor at The New Republic, she appeared on CNNs "Capital Gang" for 15 years." -- Bloomberg