Whenever someone on the Right makes a mistake (yes, they DO make mistakes), it always comes down to that famous scene out of Casablanca: Round up the usual suspects.
But no one can blame the media, bloggers, sexism, or Obama for Gov. Palin's inexperience, poor judgment, and political naivete.
It's not their fault that Palin was for the Bridge to Nowhere before she was against it.
It's not their fault that Palin lobbied for $27 million in federal earmarks for Wasilla before she became a anti-earmarks reformer.
It's not their fault that Palin remains a friend and political ally of Sen. Ted Stevens, now under federal indictment for corruption.
It's not their fault that Palin has multiple associations with the Alaska Independence Party, a anti-government group that wants to secede from the United States.
It's not their fault that Palin is being investigated in the Troopergate scandal, accused of using her office to carry out a personal vendetta.
It's not their fault that Palin cut funds for a teen-pregnancy prevention program earlier this year and supports abstinence-only sex education programs that haven't been effective.
No, neither the press nor the bloggers nor sexism nor Sen. Obama had anything to do with Sarah Palin's inconsistent and sometimes petty political record as mayor or governor.
But when the news is bad, the Republicans always know what to do: Shoot the messenger.