Post-Election Meltdown

Many commentators (press and blogosphere) are taking great satisfaction from the meltdown and sniping among Republicans. My overwhelming reaction is one of relief that Obama won, accompanied by not a little satisfaction that Palin has to drag her nasty little ass back to Alaska.

This morning’s Guardian hit the nail on the head for me, identifying the feeling as ‘Palinfreude’. You can read the article in its entirety here, but some of my favourite exerpts include:

Liberals, indulging in what the writer Andrew Sullivan termed “Palinfreude”, were presented with a smorgasbord, ranging from the tale of how McCain’s pro-Palin foreign policy adviser had his Blackberry confiscated in the closing days of the race, to how the party had paid for Todd Palin’s silk boxer shorts.

The fighting consuming the McCain and Palin camps threatened to derail broader efforts to overhaul the Republican party after Tuesday’s decisive defeat, for which some insiders blamed Sarah Palin. Veterans of the right gathered in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, on Thursday for a summit on the movement’s future, but even as they did so, the blame went on.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it is worse than I thought,” Limbaugh told listeners. “What the Republican party, led by disgruntled and failed McCain staffers, is trying to do to Sarah Palin, is unconscionable … There are country-club, blue-blood … Republicans who want nothing to do with a firebrand conservative [who] can fire up people.” He added: “We’re going to be taking on two things here [over] the next four years: Obama, and our own party establishment.”

It goes on:

The main ammunition in the war was a lengthening list of allegations against Palin: that she thought Africa was a country; that she failed to inform the campaign about a scheduled call with Nicolas Sarkozy which turned out to be a prank; that she refused to undergo coaching prior to her disastrous interviews with CBS anchor Katie Couric; that she couldn’t name the three countries in the North America Free Trade Agreement; and that the party had spent up to $70,000 (£45,000) on “wardrobe items” for Palin and “luxury goods” for her husband, in addition to the $150,000 already reported. (Some of the claims were revealed by Fox, hence the boycott.)

The New York Times reported that when Palin met McCain in Phoenix on Tuesday night, she held the text of a speech she planned to deliver, in defiance of campaign convention, and had to be overruled.

While it’s interesting to hear what the various aides have t say about Palin now, it’s a ‘gosh-darned’ shame we didn’t know all of this before the election. The fundamental blame for this debacle lies at the feet of whoever chose Palin as McCain’s running-mate, and I’m not entirely sure it was McCain. She turned more people off his campaign than anything he said or did and we finally got to see the old McCain when he presented his concession speech.

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