Sarah Palin, the far right's darling, lost her soap box last week after Fox News let her contract expire.
It was a great ride while it lasted for the half-term Alaska governor, who was chosen by John "Country First" McCain as his running mate when the senator ran for president in 2008. It looked like a bold game changer at the time but it ended up backfiring on McCain. Big time.
Rather than attracting tens of millions of evangelical and women voters to the ticket, Palin almost single handedly destroyed McCain's presidential campaign, revealing on the trail her utter ignorance of important issues of the day and her contempt for serious reporters who refused to toss the would-be Veep softball questions.
When memorably asked by Charlie Rose to discuss the controversial Bush Doctrine, covered extensively by Fox and every other major news media outlets, Palin had no clue what the newsman was talking about.
Fortunately, Palin could rely on Fox News and others in the right wing media to prop her up through one public catastrophe after the next while she whined incessantly about those bad people in the "lamestream" media asking her "gotcha" questions.
Palin was a huge embarrassment, a monumental mistake, but the conservative and even some mainstream media continued to cover for her, spinning Palin as a maverick hockey mom who would cut through the Washington B.S. if she became vice president.
Thankfully she didn't.
The notion of a vapid, empty headed dolt anywhere near the nuclear codes was scary enough when W was president. That someone like Sarah Palin could have been just a heartbeat away from them was truly terrifying.
After McCain's failed bid, Fox News' boss Roger Ailes rushed to sign Palin to a big contract and put a camera in her Wasilla, Alaska home, where she could opine about the events of the day with incisive wisdom like "Nancy Pelosi is a dingbat" and, President Obama is surrounded by "Chicago thugs."
As Republican journalist David Frum noted after Barack Obama's decisive 2012 re-election victory, Palin was part of the "conservative entertainment complex" that wrecked Mitt Romney's chances, driving moderates, young voters, women, Hispanics and Latinos, gays, and African-Americans away.
Palin did her part, mouthing racist gems like, "President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end."
Ailes must have gotten the message because he finally let Palin go. For her part, Sarah now says "conservatism didn't lose" in 2012 and that she no longer wishes to preach "to the choir." Instead, she promises to "shake up the GOP machine" in the months ahead.
I'm sure Republicans can't wait.