McCain: “We have raised $4 million on the Internet. I wish I had taken her a month ago.”

posted at 2:00 pm on August 31, 2008 by Allahpundit

Ed’s away doing convention prep work and I’m on my way out the door, so here’s a clip and some choice links to tide you over for a few hours. Maverick’s answer to Chris Wallace about her foreign policy judgment is the best he can do for the moment but patently unconvincing until we hear from Palin herself. I wonder who she’ll give her first policy interview to; smart money says “Hannity & Colmes,” where she’ll get softballs from Sean and questions about how it feels to be an unfit mother from Alan.

Note what McCain says at the beginning about the spirit of reform, as Palin’s “maverick” appeal is the common thread running through the NYT’s and WaPo’s pieces on the selection process this morning. The Times insists he wanted Lieberman — with Grahamnesty pushing so hard for him that he alienated other McCain advisors — until he finally yielded to the base (a Maverick first!) and settled on a “kindred spirit” whereas the Post cites aides who claim it wasn’t so much the social con backlash that decided things as McCain wanting to be as true as he could to his own political outlook. (In which case, he did a good job: “There’s a real question whether she’s a Republican or a Democrat,” says one Alaska Republican to the LA Times.) Here’s the money bit from the NYT:

Last Sunday, 24 hours after Mr. Obama announced his running mate, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, Mr. McCain met with his senior campaign team at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Phoenix. By then, campaign advisers said, the group had long decided that Mr. McCain’s “experience versus change” argument against Mr. Obama had run its course, to the extent that it had worked at all…

In any case, one campaign adviser said, Mr. McCain hated running as the wizened old hand of experience. Despite his embrace this year of President Bush and many of the administration’s policies, Mr. McCain, a campaign adviser said, still saw himself as the maverick who delighted in occasionally throwing political grenades at his own Party.

And here’s the money bit from WaPo, emphasizing the personal drama of the pick:

On Wednesday Palin flew to Flagstaff. That night she conferred with Schmidt and Salter. The next morning around 7, the three of them, along with a Palin aide, climbed into an SUV with tinted windows to begin the 45-minute drive to McCain’s retreat in Sedona.

When they arrived, McCain offered Palin some coffee before taking her to a bend in a creek on the property where there are places to sit and a hawk’s nest looming above. It is one of McCain’s favorite places, and the two talked alone there until they were joined by McCain’s wife, Cindy, who is described as having played a key role throughout the selection process.

After about an hour, Palin joined her aide on the deck of McCain’s cabin, while the candidate and his wife went for a walk along the creek. When they returned, McCain held one last session with aides Schmidt and Salter. Then he offered Palin the job. The deal was sealed “with a handshake, a pat on the back,” one adviser said.

Interesting how they’re emphasizing Cindy McCain’s role; she’s also listed as one of the six advisors in McCain’s inner circle who helped decide on the pick. Exit question reading assignment: The Palin profile from Newsweek, which, I kid you not, is almost glowing. Whether that’s a function of her having charmed their reporters or the magazine feeling they owed Maverick one after having submerged themselves in the tank for Obama, I don’t know, but their seat on Straight Talk Airways should be secure after this. It’s also the first story I’ve seen address whether Team Maverick looked into the Troopergate scandal that Alaska investigators are set to report on … on October 31st. Cross those fingers:

Palin’s approval ratings among Alaskans, once as high as 90 percent, have dropped to a still robust 76 percent in a recent poll.

The McCain campaign did not appear too concerned that the investigation would turn into a nasty October surprise. Asked about Palin’s troubles back home, a senior McCain adviser, who declined to be named discussing private strategy, said the campaign had looked very closely at the allegations involving Palin’s ex-brother-in-law and was “comfortable” that there are no shoes to drop that could complicate the campaign. The adviser declined to say if McCain had asked Palin about it directly.


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We should start referring to the McCain/Palin administration as “Camelot” just to drive the lefties even crazier.

Bill Brasky on August 31, 2008 at 3:48 PM

And if anyone attacks Cheney on this issue-

can expect MB4 to…….do what again?

FiveWays on August 31, 2008 at 3:44 PM

As MB4 pointed out, attacking Cheney on the issue is relevant, since it seems he supported the war, but did not enlist to fight in it. So he could rightly be called out on not serving, and taking advantage of the system, when he was fully capable of serving. Joe Biden, on the other hand, had a disability, which would be a detriment to serving. Someone already pointed out earlier that he would not want to serve with someone who had asthma as a weakness. So it’s unfair to attack Biden on the issue.

I don’t see why anyone would attack Cheney on the issue unless someone brought up attacking Biden first. If anyone attacks Cheney on it now, the best anyone could say is “you’re right, he didn’t serve, so we can’t call out Biden on that issue either. But since Cheney will no longer be VP as of Jan 2009, it’s pretty much a moot point now.”

Michael in MI on August 31, 2008 at 3:49 PM

They’re almost old enough to be punished with a baby though.

Mojave Mark on August 31, 2008 at 3:47 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8cNtH1mULo

“punished with a baby”

sven10077 on August 31, 2008 at 3:52 PM

So Biden could not have fought the deferment- to at least serve in a non-combat role? And that’s okay because he didn’t support the war anyway?

And how long have you been channeling MB4, Michael?

FiveWays on August 31, 2008 at 3:53 PM

We should start referring to the McCain/Palin administration as “Camelot” just to drive the lefties even crazier.

Bill Brasky on August 31, 2008 at 3:48 PM

I like the way you think.

Les in NC on August 31, 2008 at 3:55 PM

wepeople on August 31, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Easy, wepeople. It’s all meant in fun. Threads like that popup at AoS occasionally about people like John Bolton and Dick Cheney, amongst others. Some of the ‘fun facts’ get really outrageous.

BillH on August 31, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Viet Nam??? I remember those days, a lot of guys did not serve in Viet Nam, left and right.

Cheney was not some rich guy whose dadday got him out of the service. He went to a state school and worked his way through college. I do not know if they simply did not call his number, or if he had a medical deferment or if he just somehow avoided service.

And I do not care.

Terrye on August 31, 2008 at 4:01 PM

“There’s a real question whether she’s a Republican or a Democrat,”

That’s why conservatives are loving her.

phreshone on August 31, 2008 at 4:03 PM

She’s neither – She’s an American

phreshone on August 31, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Now as for the actual post AP did, there is a quote about Palin’s not being a real Republican or something…it was made by an Alaskan Republican. It does not surprise me someone would say that, she made life difficult for some of those guys. She meant to.

Terrye on August 31, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Someone already pointed out earlier that he would not want to serve with someone who had asthma as a weakness. So it’s unfair to attack Biden on the issue.

Exactly. I don’t like Biden either, but he was legally sitting out the war, first with student deferments, and then with a medical disability that, at the time, was a disqualifier for military service. I have enough to hang on Biden without a ridiculous charge of ‘draft dodger’.

BillH on August 31, 2008 at 4:03 PM

And Cindy McCain is not trailer park. For one thing that is a nasty thing to say about not only her, but people who live in trailer parks. They might be poor, but that does not make them subhuman.

As for Cindy, she is attractive and intelligent. Why shouldn’t McCain talk to his own wife?

Terrye on August 31, 2008 at 4:06 PM

“I wish I had taken her a month ago.”

Me too.

petefrt on August 31, 2008 at 4:08 PM

…until he finally yielded to the base (a Maverick first!)…

Now that’s funny.

AnonymousDrivel on August 31, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Exactly. I don’t like Biden either, but he was legally sitting out the war, first with student deferments, and then with a medical disability that, at the time, was a disqualifier for military service. I have enough to hang on Biden without a ridiculous charge of ‘draft dodger’.

BillH on August 31, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Agreed. Pursuing this angle only makes conservatives look petty, IMO. There’s more than enough gold to mine vis a vis Biden to preclude us from going after legal student deferments and medical disabilities. Besides, it’s fighting a war that doesn’t need to be fought, especially against the bottom of their ticket. It’s a high-risk, low reward tactic.

holygoat on August 31, 2008 at 4:31 PM

Except biden has never once in any of his life mention having any kind of medical condition. In fact he played Highschool and college sports.

William Amos on August 31, 2008 at 4:37 PM

We should start referring to the McCain/Palin administration as “Camelot”

Or,
“Mac ‘n’ Cheese Cake”.

eea on August 31, 2008 at 4:41 PM

I wish I had taken her a month ago.”

And miss the fun of taking away the newscycle from Obama after his speech from the temple? Catching the Dems flatfooted with no oppo research? That’s worth a lot, although I don’t know if it’s worth $7 million.

Wethal on August 31, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Except biden has never once in any of his life mention having any kind of medical condition. In fact he played Highschool and college sports.

William Amos on August 31, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Honestly, even if there is evidence that Biden might have avoided service during the Vietnam War, there’s so little to gain from attacking him with it, and so much more to lose, IMO. For one, it didn’t help GHW Bush against a known draft dodger at the TOP of the Dem ticket.

Focus on Biden’s cozy relationships with powerful PACs and other special interest groups. Hit him with his long record of being wrong on virtually every issue of foreign policy. Those are winners. Going after Vietnam era student deferments just comes across as desperate and, dare I say, diversionary.

holygoat on August 31, 2008 at 4:51 PM

OT Gustav down to 115 MPH at 1:00 CDT. Looks like it will be a Democrat hurricane storm; blowout as in tire that needs changing.

Caststeel on August 31, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Just look at John McCain smiling and talking at 80 mph..

SARAH BARRACUDA MAKES A SLAM DUNK!

Sir Andrew on August 31, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Honestly, even if there is evidence that Biden might have avoided service during the Vietnam War, there’s so little to gain from attacking him with it, and so much more to lose, IMO. For one, it didn’t help GHW Bush against a known draft dodger at the TOP of the Dem ticket.

Focus on Biden’s cozy relationships with powerful PACs and other special interest groups. Hit him with his long record of being wrong on virtually every issue of foreign policy. Those are winners. Going after Vietnam era student deferments just comes across as desperate and, dare I say, diversionary.

holygoat on August 31, 2008 at 4:51 PM

I agree. I simply wanted to point out the hypocracy of the left on this issue. Will they condeme Biden like they did Cheney ?

William Amos on August 31, 2008 at 5:07 PM

OT Gustav down to 115 MPH at 1:00 CDT. Looks like it will be a Democrat hurricane storm; blowout as in tire that needs changing.

Caststeel on August 31, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Barry is being airlifted in secret to Cuba by Bob Shrum to use his special Messiah gift of bloviation to get the storm back over 145 mph….

developing….

sven10077 on August 31, 2008 at 5:07 PM

SARAH BARRACUDA SARAH’CUDA MAKES A SLAM DUNK! – Sir Andrew on August 31, 2008 at 5:00 PM

Fixed it.

ManlyRash on August 31, 2008 at 5:18 PM

Fixed it.

ManlyRash on August 31, 2008 at 5:18 PM

Ooooooooohh…I like..

Sir Andrew on August 31, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Best part of that clip was the last line. They should hit the “present” votes of Obama hard compared to Palin’s stands on the issues and fighting corruption.

Jim-Rose on August 31, 2008 at 5:38 PM

Well. gee..it took Sarah to make the press believe that Islamofascism is a danger.

Noelie on August 31, 2008 at 6:01 PM

Every few days I take a virtual walk through the world press. One can get a pretty good feel for how this Palin choice is going.

In less than a few days Palin has removed Obama from the front pages of hundreds of newspapers.

Labor Day Weekend was supposed to be the triumph of the will following Obama’s coronation in Denver.

Palin and Gustav are the headlines. But Obama? Barely a peep from the headlines.

Seize the initiative. Set the timing and tempo. Keep the message out there. That is how elections are won.

60 days to go. 60 days to keep The Annointed One off the front pages.

60 days to make it plain. Obama who?

coldwarrior on August 31, 2008 at 6:23 PM

There is a bit of truth to the charge that Sarah Palin is not 100% Republican. And I say this as a Sarah Palin fanatic, and as one who campaigned by her side – waving signs in Anchorage – for her 2006 election campaign.

Sarah has been friends with the Libertarian Party of Alaska for a few years. She was even supported by them in 2006, and attended two of their meetins as a guest speaker.

She also made a video welcoming Convention attendees to the Alaska Independence Party. Fmr. Gov. Wally Hickle, an AIP member is a longtime close friend and mentor to Sarah Palin.

So, it’s perhaps most accurate to describe her as a “Libertarian-Alaska Independence-Republican.”

ericdondero on August 31, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Senator McCain, your top foreign policy advisor Randy Scheunemann and his firm has raised a rather formidable pile of money from the Country of Georgia.

“We’re all Georgians today…”

Eeh…?

J_Gocht on August 31, 2008 at 6:31 PM

So, it’s perhaps most accurate to describe her as a “Libertarian-Alaska Independence-Republican.”

ericdondero on August 31, 2008 at 6:29 PM

I’d suggest that the whole mentality of those who were raised and live in Alaska defies the norms of the lower 48.

Hey do you realize that whomever wins this election comes with some firsts beyond race or gender? From the Dems- first President from an OCONUS state. From the GOP- first POTUS born in a territory, first VP from an OCONUS state.

These geographical quirks are meaningless but fun nonetheless.

highhopes on August 31, 2008 at 6:40 PM

So, it’s perhaps most accurate to describe her as a “Libertarian-Alaska Independence-Republican.” SARAH’CUDA

Simplified it for you.

ManlyRash on August 31, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Eeh…? – J_Gocht on August 31, 2008 at 6:31 PM

What is your point? Other than the one on top of your head.

ManlyRash on August 31, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Maverick’s answer to Chris Wallace about her foreign policy judgment is the best he can do for the moment but patently unconvincing until we hear from Palin herself.

I disagree. I think he made a strong case and highlighted the simple fact that “judgment” is about making decisions, not pandering to supportive audiences for the purpose of political expediency. Further, he debunked that ridiculous counterargument that the left has been pushing for 17 months and demonstrated that “experience” has little to do with time in office and has everything to do with accomplishments.

His contrasts were spot on and could be taken endlessly further.

- She has negotiated mutually beneficial business deals with Canada, Obama has had his picture taken with European leaders for the first time in 3 years on the Senate and as Chairman of the never-convened committee. The only reason for the trip was, admittedly, a campaign tour.

It goes on and one, Obama’s entire political career has consisted of nothing but running for subsequent offices. I would put Palin’s accomplishments in 20 months as Governor up against even McCain’s Senate resume.

Another Maverick home run, IMO.

Damiano on August 31, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Damiano on August 31, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Damn, but you are good, sir. Rather a pity you are not in the employ of the McCain people. Whereas I am a bloviating hack – you are eloquent. And I envy you that eloquence.

ManlyRash on August 31, 2008 at 6:49 PM

About Biden’s deferment….

In “Promises to Keep,” a memoir that was published last year and became an instant best-seller after he was tapped as Obama’s running mate, Biden never mentions his asthma, recounting an active childhood, work as a lifeguard and football exploits in high school.

hmmmmmmmmm…..?

Hey Michael- would you mind channeling MB4 again?

FiveWays on August 31, 2008 at 6:58 PM

“ManlyRash on August 31, 2008 at 6:45 PM

Manly, my man, I know 800K ain’t no 4 Million, but…

‘…”It’s these sorts of appearances of a conflict of interest that are a natural consequence of having a campaign run by lobbyists, staffed by lobbyists and being ensconced in a lobbyist culture for over a quarter of a century,” Sevugan said.

“He ain’t heavy Father… He’s my favorite lobbyist…
I can carry him a long, long way!

J_Gocht on August 31, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Hussein and his flunky are scratching their heads saying, What the hell happened?” But the Pantsuit is suffering more than anybody. First, her “inevitable” carpet is pulled right out from under her. Now, there’s a new sheriff in town. A woman who’s younger, prettier, and more experienced in things that really count. She doesn’t have a closet full of skeletons and a 50% negative rating. And she’s sucking all the limelight away. Oohh! That’s gotta hurt.

whitetop on August 31, 2008 at 7:05 PM

“… She has negotiated mutually beneficial business deals with Canada,..” Damiano on August 31, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Yeh, that gas pipeline that the Canucks wanted even more the she did…?

So they could expedite movement of their gas to the US.

Good one, Damiano…!

She’s one helluva closer…!

J_Gocht on August 31, 2008 at 7:09 PM

Newest insane lefty line of attack:

“John McCain said he raised 4 million when he actually raised 4.5 million. Clearly he is senile. Can you trust him with your money?”

BKennedy on August 31, 2008 at 7:22 PM

Hell, I gave $50 to McCain-Palin and credited our next VP Sarah Palin w/ the tip.

HotAirJosef on August 31, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Yeh, that gas pipeline that the Canucks wanted even more the she did…?

So they could expedite movement of their gas to the US.

Good one, Damiano…!

She’s one helluva closer…!

J_Gocht on August 31, 2008 at 7:09 PM

So, mutually beneficial international trade deals are now a bad thing?

Hmmm… let’s think about this.

Our illustrious Federal government has supported ban on our country producing our own energy for decades. A feat of utter genius only surpassed by the election of a Democratic Congress who has added 2 days to the work week in order to achieve exponentially less than the Do-Nothing-Congress they were elected to replace. Highlights of this astounding progress have been highlighted by passing important resolutions like “Watermelon Day” and “Funeral Director Appreciation Week”, initiations on the critical issues like legalizing pot and irrelevant Executive Authority hearings (not to be confused with a legitimate impeachment hearing… that would have required actual evidence. All the while they have patently avoided discussion or vote on secondary issues like budget appropriations (paying for Federal programs is sooo overrated. Why do that when you can create new ones that you can’t pay for?) and energy policy (and the 74% of Americans who are so disillusioned to think that this is important). It’s a good thing that they banned voting on anything relevant, otherwise they may have had to postpone their 5 week vacation, which was sorely needed after 8 weeks of work this year.

Really! What was that silly woman in Alaska thinking! The absurdity of creating an agreement to procure energy from a nation that is NOT trying to blow up our nation! Only an inexperienced soccer mom would think that increasing the resources of the #1 energy producing state in the nation and adding to our country’s overall energy resources would be a good thing. Why would anyone create hundreds of jobs and billions in revenue on a forgotten glacier of a state anyhow? Doesn’t she know that the only thing that lives in AK are moose, reindeer and caribou? Polar bears don’t need jobs, energy checks and budget surpluses! What polar bears DO need is for us to pass protection laws for them so that they can continue to breed like rabbits. Polar bears need us to protect ANWAR so that they can move into that barren wasteland after their already robust population exceeds the habitats were they actually live.

I am sorry, J_Gocht. You’re right. I stand corrected.

Damiano on August 31, 2008 at 7:54 PM

SARAH BARRACUDA MAKES A SLAM DUNK!

No, actually, a Skyhook:

It took 19 years for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s opponents to realize that there is no way to defend that shot, from the moment it left his fingers it was headed downward toward the basket; touching the ball was goaltending, an automatic two points, statistically recorded as a made basket. Touching him as well just provided an “extra point” attempt. Only in his final season did his opponents stop trying to block it; allowing his season field-goal percentage to fall below .500 for only time in his career.

The Monster on August 31, 2008 at 8:27 PM

J_Gocht on August 31, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Would you rather he said: Now look you guys, I think you should both take a deep breath. I realize Russia invaded a sovereign nation, but still…can’t we all just get along?

That might work for Obama and the retards who worship him. It doesn’t work for me. Contributions or not, McCain made the right call.

Unless, of course, you support Russia’s invasion of Georgia.

ManlyRash on August 31, 2008 at 9:03 PM

I am sorry, J_Gocht. You’re right. I stand corrected. – Damiano on August 31, 2008 at 7:54 PM

Pwned. Nicely done, Mr. Damiano. Nicely done.

ManlyRash on August 31, 2008 at 9:05 PM

If Lieberman, the base would have dried up. It would have been ugly.

Paul-Cincy on August 31, 2008 at 9:13 PM

Pwned. Nicely done, Mr. Damiano. Nicely done.

ManlyRash on August 31, 2008 at 9:05 PM

Nicely done indeed! Mr. Damiano is a breath of fresh air!

Neocon Peg on August 31, 2008 at 9:15 PM

I just gave $25 @ johnmccain.com crediting Sarah Palin. It’s not much but I’m poor and it’s the thought that counts.

Paul-Cincy on August 31, 2008 at 9:15 PM

I just gave $25 @ johnmccain.com crediting Sarah Palin. It’s not much but I’m poor and it’s the thought that counts.

Paul-Cincy on August 31, 2008 at 9:15 PM

I did too! I too am independently poor! Every little bit helps. I felt so good doing it!

Neocon Peg on August 31, 2008 at 9:23 PM

I just gave $25 @ johnmccain.com crediting Sarah Palin. It’s not much but I’m poor and it’s the thought that counts.

Paul-Cincy on August 31, 2008 at 9:15 PM

Your vote weighs more than any gold, your words silver, and the rest is copper.

sven10077 on August 31, 2008 at 9:27 PM

Is it just me, or does McCain look more calm and approachable.

The Ugly American on August 31, 2008 at 10:28 PM

Is it just me, or does McCain look more calm and approachable.

The Ugly American on August 31, 2008 at 10:28 PM

It’s not you. I think the most important and underreported aspect of the Palin pick is the weight it had taken off McCain’s shoulders. I think it is in the WaPo story today, saying that McCain was growing tired of running as the “wise old experienced guy.” That’s not how he sees himself. It’s no wonder he was so listless on the stump.

Now he’s back to being Maverick. I think he and his whole campaign have been given a 200-volt jolt of energy by Sarah Palin.

rockmom on August 31, 2008 at 10:53 PM

But the Pantsuit is suffering more than anybody. First, her “inevitable” carpet is pulled right out from under her. Now, there’s a new sheriff in town. A woman who’s younger, prettier, and more experienced in things that really count. She doesn’t have a closet full of skeletons and a 50% negative rating. And she’s sucking all the limelight away. Oohh! That’s gotta hurt.

whitetop on August 31, 2008 at 7:05 PM

She’s thinking farther down the road than that. She’s thinking 2012.

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Mr_Magoo on September 1, 2008 at 1:40 AM

Dammit Maverick, as much as I disagree with some of your policies, you’re starting to grow on me. I’m starting to believe that you want to do some reformin’, like old Teddy Roosevelt.

but then again, it might be the beer I’m consuming.

baxtrice on September 1, 2008 at 2:26 AM

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