The McCain/Palin Blame Game: It's OnUh-oh! Looks like the Blame Game is in full swing as the Hate Talk Express wobbles its way into the final 10 days of the Presidential campaign. According to a Politico report, supporters of Gov. Sarah Palin, potential 2012 presidential nominee, are claiming that "Palin blames her handlers for a botched rollout and a tarnished public image — even as others in McCain's camp blame the pick of the relatively inexperienced Alaska governor, and her public performance, for McCain's decline." In short: it's McCain's fault that Palin looks bad, and it's Palin's fault that McCain looks bad. It's a bit like those fights you used to have with your kid sister, where she'd throw mud at your face, and you'd throw mud back at hers, and then both of you would end up crying with mud in your eyes and yelling, "I wouldn't have thrown the mud if you weren't so mean to me!" while your mother just stands there rolling her eyes at the both of you and wondering when the hell you're going to grow up.According to Republicans close to Palin, the Governor of Alaska "has decided increasingly to disregard the advice of the former Bush aides tasked to handle her, creating occasionally tense situations as she travels the country with them." This, perhaps, explains why Palin has chosen a much more hawkish stance at recent rallies and why she's been much more willing to give interviews and discuss policy over the past few weeks. As Politico notes: "Palin's 'instincts,' on display in recent days, have had her opening up to the media, including a round of interviews on talk radio, cable, and broadcast outlets, and chats with her traveling press and local reporters." McCain supporters, however, claim that Palin's poor public rollout is the fault of her own inexperience, not bad handling on the part of the McCain campaign. "Moments that Palin's allies see as triumphs of instinct and authenticity - the Wright suggestion, her objection to the campaign's pulling out of Michigan - they dismiss as Palin's "slips and miscommunications" - that is, her own incompetence, and evidence of the need for tight scripting." If the McCain/Palin ticket loses on Nov.4, this blame game will spin on for weeks, with Palin's supporters undoubtedly trying to lay the blame on the 72-year-old man with no chance of running for the presidency again. Palin's potential as a Republican rockstar is garnering quite a bit of buzz right now, and it's fairly safe to say that her fans will do whatever they can to get her out of this election unscathed. As easy as it is to call Sarah Palin inexperienced and unready, even McCain supporters have to agree that the only person to blame for Palin's failures on the campaign trail is John McCain himself. Sure, she may have gone off-script, and she may be completely off the rails at this point, attempting to save her own political future, but Sarah Palin never would have made it to those rallies, to those interviews, or to those debate podiums if John McCain hadn't asked her to be there. Sarah Palin's political career may have started out on the wrong foot, thanks to mishandling from the McCain campaign, but it's the reputation of her running mate that will end this race more tarnished and in need of new direction. You can blame Palin all you want, Senator McCain, but in the end, the fact that her name is sitting next to yours on those signs and ballots is a decision that only one person on the ticket is responsible for. Palin Allies Report Rising Campaign Tension [Politico] Earlier: Palin in 2012? Maybe, If Some Dicks Have Their Way