According to The NY Times. Wow McCain's campaign, the handlers and candidates, were terrible.
Update: Forget the Times. Read the account of the schism in the foreign press, which reports how McCain mocks Palin. According to the Guardian (UK):
An exasperated McCain has been telling friends in recent weeks that Palin is even more trouble than a pitbull. In one joke doing the rounds, the Republican presidential candidate has been asking friends: what is the difference between Sarah Palin and a pitbull? The friendly canine eventually lets go, is the McCain punchline.
What happened to the lipstick?