I’ve been framing the campaign of John McCain and Sarah Palin as one that projects its own worst characteristics onto the opponent for a while now, most specifically in this post from over a week ago,
“Projecting “unknown quantity” meme from McCain/Palin campaign shows weakness.”
Nora Ephron, at Huffington Post, seems to like the concept too:
[John McCain] gave the game away in his first answer when, in talking about the economy, he said that Americans were angry. But Americans aren’t angry, they’re poleaxed. They’re terrified. They’re afraid they’re going to lose their jobs or their homes or their pensions. They’re worried they won’t be able to send their kids to college. If John McCain thinks they’re angry, it’s either because he’s projecting, or else he’s simply been going to too many of his own rallies.
I observed something just like that during the live-blog last night, too. Also, last night, Terry Gross aired an interview on Fresh Air with Anchorage Daily News columnist Michael Carey. And during the conversation, particularly in the context of Todd Palin’s role in the Alaska governor’s office, he talks about the lack of boundaries Sarah Palin has between the personal and the professional.
If I were giving a mental status exam for the two campaigns, naming the healthier one would not be difficult.