TGIF is no longer just the happy hour marking the end of "Casual Friday" and may become less celebratory with "Casual Friday" evolving into "Casual Everyday" as lay-offs are on the rise. But sundown will surely remain the preferred time for politicians to release information they hope will go unnoticed.
This past Friday's late-in-the-day revelation was that Sarah Palin had been found guilty of abuse of power and violating Alaska's ethics law. Palin, a master of denial, responded by insisting publicly that she was cleared, smiling while claiming she was pleased to have been cleared of any wrongdoing. When asked if she felt she'd done anything wrong, her answer was Bush-like, a resolute, "No."
Should we assume she believes what she's saying? Or does she think it's her prerogative to say, "Thanks, but no thanks" to the investigating team's decision? Either scenario is alarming.
In another disturbing incident, Palin, at a rally on Monday, took some fans to be hecklers and reprimanded those far from the stage signaling that they couldn't hear by interrupting her remarks and saying, "I hope those protesters have the courage and honor to give veterans thanks for their right to protest." Again, she either jumped to an incorrect conclusion or was choosing to define the event to support her own agenda.
There's a serious disconnect between these realities and the Alaskan governor's responses. Flagrant denial is a symptom of paranoia. Another is delusions of grandeur, the only way to account for her unfounded confidence that she's equipped to be second in command of our country. Is the candidate paranoid? Are there therapists out there prepared to address this question? And what does McCain's choice of running mate suggest about his emotional competence?