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Has Palin power turned sour for US Republicans?

Has Palin power turned sour for US Republicans?
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With election day approaching and opinion polls not telling them what they want to hear, America’s Republicans are facing a stark question? Is self-styled “hockey mom” Sarah Palin hampering their chances of victory?

Palin’s entry into the campaign started so well. Largely unknown nationally, she proved hugely popular immediately following her nomination, lifting her party’s campaign out of the doldrums.

But a series of perceived media gaffes and scandals followed, including “Troopergate” where the Alaska Governor was accused of dismissing a senior official because of a family dispute. A state ethics inquiry found her guilty of abusing her power.

Appearances with international heavyweights have failed to silence critics of Palin’s lack of foreign policy experience. And in a poll this week, 55 percent of Americans questioned thought the former beauty queen is not qualified to be vice-president.