Palin 'Didn't Know Africa Is a Continent'

Insiders spill beans on Mac's troublesome veep choice
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2008 2:38 AM CST

(Newser) – Sarah Palin's shaky grasp of geography stressed out the McCain campaign, the Chicago Tribune reports. A Fox News reporter, sworn to secrecy until after the election, said a campaign insider told him Palin was unaware that Africa was a continent rather than a single country, and she was unable to name the three members of NAFTA—Mexico, the US, and Canada.

Palin proved to be a nightmare for her campaign staff, according to the reporter. She blew off their suggestions that she put in prep work before her interview with Katie Couric—and then blamed her staff when she flubbed it. Palin also threw tantrums over her negative coverage in the media, accusing her staff of mishandling her and sometime reducing them to tears.