More cracks in the edifice: Jennifer Rubin faults Palin for surrounding herself with loyalists rather than veteran political consultants.  

Rebecca Mansour is, reportedly, Palin's "primary speechwriter, researcher, online communications coordinator and all-purpose adviser." Read Mansour's twitter feed for an unvarnished look at the epistemic closure machine Palin has built around herself. Rubin:

[Palin's] excessive reliance on her own and her husband's political antennae are proving to be her undoing. Well, you ask, doesn't that mean she lacks the judgment to be president? That's precisely what many conservatives are pondering these days, when they don't get distracted by the chaos she creates in her wake.

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