Sarah Palin's plane stopped off in Seattle for fuel yesterday but she probably couldn't have gotten out of the Lower 48 fast enough. The Palin-McCain campaign, as she sometimes called it, imploded upon the election's impact. The fallout included the possibility she left the GOP with an IOU, and could see Russia but definitely not Africa from her house.
It was Fox News no less that reported the latter (something the reporter admits he knew all along): During her veep vetting, Palin didn't know Africa had its own continent and was unaware of which nations comprised the North American Free Trade Agreement (U.S., Mexico and Canada).
The NY Times says McCain's aides also blew up after she fell for the hoax phone call from the French president (actually a Montreal drive-time d.j.) and Newsweek says that big clothing tab for her and her family actually exceeded $150,000 by "tens of thousands."
The Times and Newsweek say she was supposed to buy three suits for the convention and three suits for the campaign trail, but instead went on a shopping spree at Saks and Neiman Marcus.
The LA Times says McCain aides were "flabbergasted by the magnitude of the spending as the receipts began trickling into the Republican National Committee," and that the cost was to be kept to no more than $25,000 to $35,000.
Palin had barely returned to the Last Frontier when lawyers for the Republican National Committee announced they're flying in to seek an accounting of the spending. Nonetheless, she is already rumored to be preparing for that 2012 race, repeating her new mantra "Africa, continent, Africa, continent."