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Sarah Palin Roots for Government Shutdown, Obama Blame

America’s fastest-sinking presumptive candidate for president is hoping that the man she’d like to replace is blamed for the seemingly imminent shutdown of the federal government.

After striking a “no compromise” posture for the better part of the past two years, since Barack Obama quashed John McCain like a bug in the ‘08 election, Sarah Palin is now tweeting for all with eyes to read that she knows who is solely at fault for the impending collapse of negotiations.

“Pres will veto 1-week spending bill to avoid govt shutdown if Congress passes,” Palin tweeted. “So, now $4T later, leaderless govt digs further debt, bickers over cutting peanuts - peanuts we don’t even have. It’s unsustainable! Let him shut it.”

Obama’s promised veto, of course, came after John Boehner attempted to ram more spending cuts through (above and beyond those Democrats had already agreed to making)  by craftily adding a military funding clause to the deal. Thus, when the inevitable promise of a veto to the heinous offer came, people like Palin could cry, “see, he hates the troops!”

Palin’s GOP nemesis Karl Rove, however, knows that the “let him shut it” logic is political suicide for Republicans, and that Obama stock would not, despite Palin’s hopes, do anything but rise as a result.

Bill Kristol Wants His Frankenstein (Sarah Palin) Retired

It has come to this.

Bill Kristol, the editor for the Weekly Standard who trumpeted the arrival of Sarah Palin on the national political stage in a way that put other establishment conservatives at ease, has turned on his Alaskan protégé.

Like so many children lined up at a 7-year-old’s birthday party, Kristol became the latest GOP insider to step forward and take a swing at Palin.

Via Politico:

"When she quit as governor of Alaska, that was a questionable move from her point of view, but I thought at least then that she would come to the mainland and really participate in the national debate," he said. "Instead, [it] turns out that she loves Alaska, which is to her credit — but then I don’t know why she quit as governor." 

"She has a very shrewd judgment about politics and policy and very good instincts — but she hasn’t done what Reagan … did, which is really educate himself over a number of years," Kristol said.

"i think she’s unlikely to be the Republican nominee, and to be honest I think she probably shouldn’t be the Republican nominee for president," he said, adding that he thinks she’s "unlikely" to run.

In other words, my bad, Palin never should have been nominated by McCain. But who could forget Kristol’s pre-BP-oil-spill rationale for picking Palin in the first place: Lower gas prices!

No Surprise: Palin’s Gender a Factor in Being Picked by McCain

To paraphrase Tammy Wynette, sometimes it helps to be a woman.

According to former advisers to 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, the  Arizona Senator felt that he needed a woman on his short list of V.P. candidates, and asked them to find one to round out an all male list that included Joe Lieberman, Tim Pawlenty, and Mitt Romney. 

McCain didn’t know which particular female he wanted on the list, and left that last-minute decision to his aides, who selected a little known Alaska governor named Sarah Palin.

Via Politico’s Ben Smith:

The questions of how thoroughly Palin was vetted, and why she was chosen, have been sore spots that helped divide McCain’s campaign in its aftermath between its leadership, who saw her as an out-of-control, destructive force, and another group of staffers who saw her as a more promising figure than McCain himself.

The “get me a woman” strategy might have proven effective if the right woman were picked. But the more the country got to know Palin, the more her unfavorable numbers dropped among independent and democratic women voters.

At Time noted back in Oct. of 2008, just 45 percent of likely female voters viewed Palin favorably a month out from the election, while 52 percent of male voters said the same. So, the move to court women by picking a woman seemed to fail in this instance.

Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin in ‘Game Change’; Guess Who’s Not Happy

Maybe she was hoping for Meryl Streep.

Julianne Moore has been cast as Sarah Palin for an HBO version of John Heilemann’s and Mark Halperin’s book “Game Change" about the 2008 presidential election. Palin isn’t too jazzed on the forthcoming film, and Fox News’ Sean Hannity thinks Moore isn’t hot enough to play the ex-governor. 

"I thought Courtney Cox, Demi Moore might be a little bit more… a little closer look, no?" Hannity said.