SHE’S GETTING WORSE…. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), instead of becoming more credible and serious as her time in government progresses, is getting more ridiculous as time goes on.

In her appearance on “Hannity” on Monday night, Sarah Palin claimed that the country was headed towards socialism. […]

Hannity, who bragged that he was interviewing her near his New York home, asked Palin about the country’s debt and Obama’s federal programs, prompting Palin to outline her fears.

“Our country could evolve into something that we do not even recognize, certainly that is so far from what the founders of our country had in mind for us.”

Hannity interrupted her: “Socialism?”

To which Palin responded: “Well, that’s where we are headed.”

Palin added that increasing the national debt “defies any sensible economic policy that any of us ever learned through college.”

I’m going to assume Palin was absent the day they taught Keynesian theory. She really seems to believe the principal goal of government in the midst of an economic crisis is to lower the deficit. In other words, what she “learned through college” is that Hoover was right.

“[T]his many months into the new administration, [I’m] quite disappointed, quite frustrated with not seeing those actions to rein in spending, slow down the growth of government,” Palin argued. “Instead, Sean, it is the complete opposite.”

Well, yes, it is the “complete opposite.” That’s the point. Facing the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, we want the opposite.

Mark Halperin referred to this bizarre Fox News interview as the “ALASKA SHOCKER!!!” (emphasis in the original). I have no idea what prompted this — the only thing “shocking” is how little sense Palin made.

The governor went on to say that she rejected a “bucket of money” in stimulus funds because of the “strings attached.” As it turns out, Alaskan lawmakers can’t find any of these imaginary strings and even Republican officials are poised to override her veto. (That Palin would even consider complaining about federal funds is amusing given the largesse Alaska keeps accepting from D.C.)

At this point, Palin manages to make George W. Bush look like a sophisticated policy wonk. That so many far-right activists consider her their political savior is astounding.

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Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.