In looking back at the day after LAST year's election--as covered in my Why Obama Won book--I was surprised to see that the McCain aide atttacks on, and mockery of, Sarah Palin were reported that quickly. Here's my entry from that day:
Carl Cameron talking to Bill O'Reilly tonight on Fox revealed that McCain aides were truly "shocked" at the "gaps in knowledge" Sarah Palin displayed once they were stuck with her. He said that, in the most startling shortcoming, she actually didn't "understand that Africa was not just a country, but a continent." This led, among other things, to her asking how South Africa could be a separate country.
She also could not name all of the countries in North America, the McCain aides said, not even the NAFTA partners. And she did not know many of the basics of civics and local/state/national duties. O'Reilly pooh-poohed all of this, saying she could have been brought up to speed, but the severe "gaps" if true would explain why tensions erupted between the McCain and Palin camps.
Speaking of Fox, Chris Wallace dared to venture on The Daily Show tonight. Jon tried to be nice, saying that Chris put "the News in Fox News." Then he savaged him, even though Wallace presented him with a cookie sent over by Karl Rove. Throughout he ribbed Wallace on Fox bias, ran a clip of desperate Fox attacks on Obama just in the last week, and asked if Fox, under a Democrat, would continue to argue for such things as presidential power and executive privilege.
Earlier in the show, Stewart announced that Sarah Palin, who had just flown home, had “been tagged and released into the Alaskan wilderness.”