The Eagleton scenario; Update: HuffPo pushing Eagleton now

posted at 9:46 pm on September 2, 2008 by Allahpundit

“If McCain drops Palin,” writes Jim Treacher in the comments to the Headlines item on this, “he may as well drop out of the race.” Agreed. It’d be the buzzkill di tutti buzzkills for a party that hasn’t had a buzz on since … 2003, maybe? The base will, simply, melt down. I was skeptical that the left’s attacks are evidence of panic, but now that the Eagleton thing is suddenly popping up — Ben Smith mentioned it last night, now Joshua Green, and I think NBC mentioned it earlier — I’m starting to wonder. Why on earth would McCain dump her? What does the media have to show for all these breathless scandals they’ve dug up? We found out her daughter’s pregnant, but McCain probably knew about that in advance; in any case, the base has rallied around her in the aftermath and independents are unlikely to care two months down the road. We found out she was once a member of the Alaska Independence Party — except that, er, she wasn’t, and as Smith notes, it’s not nearly as fringe a party as one might think. We found out Todd Palin had a DUI back when Wham! was still together. We found out she flip-flopped on the bridge to nowhere, which would sting if not for the fact that she flip-flopped in the right direction and ended up torpedoing it. We found out she requested earmarks as mayor of Wasilla in the fine tradition of The One, who also claims to stand for “Change.” We found out she hopes God approves of what our soldiers are doing overseas. And as to the one big story that’s cooking, Troopergate, we found out nothing: She has a private lawyer now and the Democrat in charge of the investigation is trying hard to make Republicans panic, but like the Bristol Palin news, this is one thing McCain probably did vet thoroughly given the stakes.

So what’s the big smoking gun that’s going to get her Eagletoned to oblivion? Is the suggestion that something bigger’s coming down the pike? An Alaska libertarian who’s, um, high on Palin thinks there is, although it sounds less like a case of him having specific information than simply believing Alaskans are free spirits with embarrassing juvenile behavior in their closets. Exit question: Given all of her enemies among the state party establishment, how is it these various and sundry nefarious scandals haven’t already emerged?

Update: But since we’re talking about replacing people on the ticket…

Old, Grizzled Third-Party Candidate May Steal Support From McCain

Update: Tom Edsall begs Republicans — any Republican — at the convention to tell him McCain’s considering dumping Palin and the best he can do is this:

“Hell no! No hint of that! None! Nada,” declared Republican Pollster Whit Ayres. “All of the talk is exactly the other way,” he said, claiming to be stunned by a reporter’s inquiry. Palin, he said, “has energized this convention. These people [delegates] are fired up about her. Now they are going to work their hearts out for her.”

On the record and off the record, Republican strategists are putting up a nearly united front in a drive to quash public speculation that the growing controversies surrounding the Palin pick, and the growing body of evidence that only a superficial background check of the Alaska Governor was conducted, are forcing the McCain campaign to rethink its choice…

The Republican ‘Omerta’ strategy is, as one lonely GOP source noted to the Huffington Post, not credible. “Of course people talk about it [pulling Palin off the ticket] over a drink or at breakfast. Everyone agrees that it’s not in the cards now, but it’s crazy to tell you animals [reporters] that there is a total vacuum of thought.”

That note of realism does not, however, prevent the cadre of strategists and operatives here from toeing the line. “There has not been any talk that I’ve heard,” one well-connected player here contended. “Everyone is locking in on her.”

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What we need to be doing is emailing/calling all these lefty news agences, NOW, Nancy Pelosi and BLASTING them for not standing up for this woman…

They have stooped lower than I have ever seen them stoop before.

reshas1 on September 3, 2008 at 9:06 AM

I say, the more they attack her. The more they attack themselves. Their moonbatism will drag them down while exposing them to the light,.

Locrian on September 3, 2008 at 9:24 AM

I’ve never seen the left in such a tizzy.

Humorous and angering at the same time.

Maybe some of them will show up in St. Paul and set themselves on fire. Lighten up the festivities for a few minutes ya know?

Could happen…..

JP1986UM on September 3, 2008 at 12:23 PM

entrenched party leadership hates her…ie she will not tolerate corruption.

sven10077 on September 2, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Well sven I’d say you do have something there. But I think that’s going to show up later when she & McCain win.
I wonder if she’ll take it slow or go fast to root out corruption. Where the hell would a person start anyway?!
Again, I have to say that I was agonizing over my vote-now I’m somewhat happy about it!

Badger40 on September 3, 2008 at 1:35 PM

If McCain drops her I’m going to do all I can to get the money I just donated back. It would be disgusting.

NTWR on September 3, 2008 at 1:41 PM