With 10 days to go until election day, long brewing tension between Sarah Palin and key aides to John McCain has become so intense, it is spilling out into the public...
...“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser, “she does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.”
Playing for her own future? Ya think? Like she told Rush Limbaugh:
"I've got nothing to lose in this."
Some people say Sarah Palin is clueless and stupid. I don't see it that way. I think she's driven to an incredible degree. She's got her eye on something in the future, she's got tunnel vision and she's storming full steam ahead to get it.
And I don’t see any reason why she shouldn’t see herself as the “next leader” of the Republican Party, or whatever’s left of it. I’ve said as much before. She’s the darling of the “Off with his head!” types — the race-warriors and militia guys, the clinic bombers and gay bashers, the creationists and conspiracy theorists and all the rest of the motley anti-modernity crew. And really, what else is left of the old GOP coalition? The Neocon imperialists are so discredited that they’d refuse to show their faces in public if they had any shame (which they don’t). Gilded Age-style laissez-faire capitalism, which is the most thoroughly and consistently implemented of all Republican “ideas”, has caused so many people so much pain that even voters who are temperamentally inclined toward free-market policies are hungry for an activist government. And Republican moderates of any stripe are a severely endangered (if not already extinct) species.
The angry culture-warriors are all that’s left. Now, it’s just a matter of the party’s leadership coming to terms with the new reality. And when they do, they’ll be surprised to find that they missed the coronation. They’ve already got their new queen.