Palin Derangement Syndrome is alive and well.

Via Mediaite:

With the Southern primaries coming up tomorrow in Alabama and Mississippi came the news from Public Policy Polling that a plurality of Republican voters there think President Obama is Muslim. This news greatly concerned Ed Schultz tonight, though in a larger national lens, and he asked guest Michael Eric Dysonwhether the HBO film Game Change proved thatSarah Palin was the originator of much of the hate.

“Is Sarah Palin at the root of this issue, and the McCain campaign?” Schultz asked, noting that, in watching the film this weekend, he got the sense that “that’s where it started.” “She is one of the major facilitators of this,” Dyson replied, calling her a “woman of manifest unintelligence with no historical perspective” whose rise to fame came on the back of “ceaseless assaults on the President’s morality” that make him appear to many as “the ultimate other.”

He praised Sen. McCain, however, for taking a different route, but nonetheless did see a correlation between his choice of Palin for running mate and the smearing. Asked whether “the bigoted attacks will get worse,” Dyson was optimistic, instead argument that rather than more hate, there would be a rise of “Nixon’s silent majority” of decent people who would “register their most eloquent comments” at the voting booth.

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