'Snub Machine' Imperils Palin's National Hopes
Dis-organization costs former frontrunner GOP's respect: Parker
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2009 7:46 AM CDT
Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin arrives at a Republican congressional fundraiser, with her husband Todd Palin, Monday, June 8, 2009, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – The Republican base still goes wild for Sarah Palin, but within the GOP, "the air is a little nippy," writes Kathleen Parker in the Washington Post. The back-and-forth over this week's DC fundraiser was only the latest example of bad organization and dysfunctional behavior within the Alaska governor's office. "The tease is a risky business," Parker writes, and it's becoming clear that "seven months after the election, Palin still can't shoot straight."

Supporters flooded Palin's SarahPAC with $400,000 in just one month—unsolicited—but the organization has no apparent direction. Republicans nationwide are swapping stories about missed phone calls and reversals on invitations, all of which has made her seem less like an outsider than an incompetent. "It's one thing to campaign on an anti-inside-the-Beltway platform," Parker writes. "But to play in the big leagues, you need people who know what they're doing."