DAYTON, OH - AUGUST 29: U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate John McCain (R-AZ) stands with new vice presidential candidate Alaska Governor Sarah Palin August 29, 2008 in Dayton, Ohio. McCain made the Palin announcement one day after Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama accepted the Democratic presidential nomination in Denver. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
California has its problems.
One of them is Sarah Palin.
In a fit that's weird even for her, the former Alaska governor chose the moment of Mitt Romney's selection of Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to issue an over-the-top, full-of-misstatements condemnation of... California.
The Facebook rant smacked of obsession. After praising Ryan, she made plain that the opponent of the Romney-Ryan ticket is not merely President Obama, but the state of California.
And it's nonsense to say government is the fastest-growing entity in the state. It's actually the slowest. Job loss in government, along with construction, has obscured private sector job growth.
But Palin doesn't let the facts stop her, and she doesn't stop, adding:
The trouble with Palin's take is that it goes beyond Palin. This has become the GOP shorthand for describing California's problems, and that shorthand, to the extent it reaches Californians, misinforms the public and makes it harder to fix what's actually wrong.