Fareed Zakaria writes in the latest Newsweek, "This is nonsense--the vapid emptying out of every catchphrase about economics that came into her head.....Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president."
Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker concludes, "It was fun while it lasted. Palin's recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest confident, candidate. Who is utterly out of her league."
Even Rich Lowry, editor of the conservative National Review has had to concede after the Couric interview, "I thought Palin was dreadful. She obviously didn't have the reaction to the Charlie Gibson interview as I had hoped. She had better be better prepared for next week or she risks damaging her political brand forevermore."
And McCain's conclusion, when asked about Palin's recent problems on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, "What a wonderful person, a great leader, the most popular governor in America...I"M SO HAPPY that she is part of the team!"
Is McCain being sincere (which implies he is completely oblivious to the seriousness of this problem) or is this the prelude to Palin's departure for "family" reasons? That is, is McCain pretending to be thrilled about her to add credibility to Palin's departure as her idea, and not his need to vanquish a bad decision and issue himself a "do-over"?