Newsweek dishes new dirt on Palin and Nicolle Wallace

posted at 9:05 pm on November 6, 2008 by Allahpundit

Nothing too shocking, but useful background.

Palin was being handled by Nicolle Wallace, a veteran of the hardball politics of the Bush-Cheney campaign (she had been a press-bashing director of communications). Recruited by Schmidt, Wallace had come from a stint as a commentator at CBS. She had the disastrous idea of making Palin available only for a series of high-profile media interviews, and then overprepared her with a cram course of talking points. It was embarrassing to watch Palin grope for answers to Katie Couric’s questions—and thanks to YouTube, more than 10 million voters witnessed it. “She is not a dumb person,” said a senior McCain adviser. “She is an intelligent person, but we made her so uptight.” Some old McCain hands on the campaign were sharply critical of the Bush-Cheney alumni brought onboard by Schmidt. Wallace and the others had not only botched the handling of Palin, in the view of the old McCainiacs; they didn’t understand that McCain needed to be McCain. (Wallace took responsibility, in an edgy kind of way: “I keep trying to get someone to write that it’s my stupid strategy,” she told a NEWSWEEK reporter. “I should be fired. I’ve offered my resignation twice in the spirit of Dwight D. Eisenhower, taking responsibility, and no one will take it.” In truth, Wallace was in a tough place: Palin was no longer taking much coaching from her. Feeling that she had been overmanaged for her one-on-one debut with a network anchor—Charlie Gibson of ABC—Palin had rebuffed Wallace’s help with her Couric interview.)…

There was grumbling that Palin had jumped the gun by bringing up Ayers at her rallies before the campaign could properly do the groundwork with a rollout strategy and ads. (At one rally, she had talked about Obama “palling around with terrorists.”) Palin was mad at her handlers. Reportedly, she felt that Wallace and Schmidt had poorly coached and advised her. One adviser later speculated that she impulsively talked about Ayers because she felt thwarted—she had really wanted to bring up the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. (Actually, Palin was feeling hurt and angry over the tabloid treatment of her 17-year-old daughter Bristol, and decided—on her own—that Ayers should be fair game. McCain’s advisers were working on a strategy that would launch an Ayers attack the following week, but McCain had not signed off on it, and Salter was resisting.)

The campaign’s internal polls showed that those lower-income swing voters in industrial states had not forgotten about Wright. In the view of some of his advisers, McCain had a chance to really hurt Obama by dredging up those videotapes of his longtime pastor crying “Goddam America!” But McCain did not want to. He did not want to do anything that smacked of racism.

An unnamed source who’s probably Randy Scheunemann told Politico two weeks ago that Schmidt and Wallace would end up being the ones trying to tear Palin down. Whether that’s because the source had reason to believe they’d leak or simply because he/she knew there was bad blood between them and Palin and expected some post-campaign sniping, no one except Politico knows. Two months later, though, I’m unclear how Palin was “overprepared” for questions about what periodicals she likes to read or why Russia’s proximity to Alaska enhanced her foreign policy credentials, as she suggested to Charlie Gibson. Those are the questions that killed her, not anything having to do with, say, naming the deputy prime minister of Kazakhstan.

The LA Times has new dirt too, related mainly to the shopping expenses, and unsurprisingly it’s linked (indirectly) to Schmidt, Rick Davis, and Nicolle Wallace. Here’s an interview she did today in four parts with local radio in Alaska. She is, more than ever, a woman in demand.


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So far their batting average is not that great. Sorry, but I feel that way right now about a lot of these socalled experts. For instance, why didn’t Rush do what Oprah Winfrey did and use his money and influence to help promote a candidate from the outset? No, he just whined about everyone, refused to really get behind anyone until it was all over and then he found fault.

Who, exactly did you expect Rush or Michelle to promote? The conservatives didn’t have a good candidate- They both knew exactly what McCain was about. I think they did damn well to NOT completely trash him throughout the campaign. Obama was by far the greater of two evils in the choice. All they’re doing now is going back to their original opinions.

anniekc on November 7, 2008 at 7:31 AM

MR. Wednesday:

I am not so sure about Rush and Malkin always being right.

So far their batting average is not that great. Sorry, but I feel that way right now about a lot of these socalled experts. For instance, why didn’t Rush do what Oprah Winfrey did and use his money and influence to help promote a candidate from the outset? No, he just whined about everyone, refused to really get behind anyone until it was all over and then he found fault.

Do you know how much money he did give? I don’t. Do you understand because of his media caricature how badly it looks for a specific candidate to receive money from Rush? He devotes his life to defending our principles. Could you stand the daily media criticisms people like he and Sean get for what they do?

What exactly did he call wrong. If you ask me, since before 2000 he has been saying that McCain survived in the Republican Party only because the media propped him up and that they were pushing hard to get him the nomination in 2000 and then to oppose the incumbent GWBush in 2004. He also said, “Mark my word, if Senator McCain actually even gets the nomination, the drive-bys will turn on him like a pack of wolves.” Remember one thing. Even with all the support I gave to Senator McCain and new respect I gained for him, he considered leaving the party and he considered a run as VP with Kerry as something other than a Republican. Rush and Hannity and quite freaking frankly the rest of us real Conservatives should get a pat on the butt for standing by him the way we did.

Malkin has not exactly done anything to bring new people to the party, if anything she has alienated people by her style.

Who do you want to come to the party, people that will dilute our beliefs even further.

I am not happy about the election results, I voted R all the way, but I am not happy with a lot of the so-called experts, pundits and luminaries either.

Terrye on November 7, 2008 at 6:32 AM

Terre, I’ve said before that you’re one of the commenters here I always slow down to read because I think your opinion is normally well thought out and frankly heart-felt. Having said that..

I get the feeling you don’t want real Conservatives speaking for the party like Rush and Sean. I also get the impression you might rather concede on some core issues to win more elections rather than trying to persuade folks back to our core beliefs.

hawkdriver on November 7, 2008 at 7:32 AM

Oh Allah, it’s so nice that you’ve joined the ‘Let’s Bash Palin’ bandwagon. I would have to agree…with friends like you, who needs enemies? At least our enemies are honest.

MBP1982 on November 7, 2008 at 7:32 AM

anniekc on November 7, 2008 at 7:31 AM

jinx!

hawkdriver on November 7, 2008 at 7:33 AM

Palin knew months before she was chosen that she was on the short list. If she was unprepared, it was her own decision and demonstrates either a lazy intellect or a conceit. She certainly won’t be the last woman to think she can get by on her looks alone.

Personally, I think she was shocked that the ticket lost and that there were so many “unpatriotic, unreal” Americans out there who weren’t charmed by her.

sanguine4 on November 7, 2008 at 7:35 AM

Palin knew months before she was chosen that she was on the short list. If she was unprepared, it was her own decision and demonstrates either a lazy intellect or a conceit. She certainly won’t be the last woman to think she can get by on her looks alone.

Personally, I think she was shocked that the ticket lost and that there were so many “unpatriotic, unreal” Americans out there who weren’t charmed by her.

sanguine4 on November 7, 2008 at 7:35 AM

I’m no apologist for anyone on the ticket, but do you really think (since you’re posting appears to be mostly opinion based) that she 1. Knew she was on a short list or 2. Thought she really had any real chance to be picked if she were?

I’m still not in the camp that she was unprepared (yep, my opinion) and consider this. How long would it take you to get up to a working knowledge of national and world affairs well enough to get through the debate with Joe Biden and come out with even a few in the liberal media claiming she had won?

hawkdriver on November 7, 2008 at 7:42 AM

hawkdriver: Yeah, but you said it better.

As for Palin “knowing she was on the short list, and not being better prepared”, That’s a laugh! Politicians are human. Unfortunately, anytime Palin was human, it was completely distorted or outright fabricated. I’ll put her intellect and savvy up against Biden, Obama, or McCain’s anyday. The press ignored every gaffe Biden or Obama made, Obama almost managed to lose the election for himself just by answering J the P’s question.

You can dislike Sarah Palin for whatever reason you want, but don’t come on here making accusations that aren’t also made in spades for all the other politicians.

anniekc on November 7, 2008 at 7:54 AM

anniekc on November 7, 2008 at 7:54 AM

No young lady you said it well. You always do. And It reassures me to hear like minds. Conservative woman I think will save this party. Michelle Malkin has come close to martyrdom in my book considering the racial slurs and outright death threats against her and her family for her/our beliefs.

Rush, Sean and Michelle all will be vilified in the coming weeks by the media in an attempt to spin that they helped lose the election. But it’s not what they (the media) really believe. If they did, they would just say nothing and let it go on. If the Democratic Congress didn’t think they had a great influence, they wouldn’t be talking about the Fairness Doctrine being re-legislated. The Left understands, divide and conquer.

hawkdriver on November 7, 2008 at 8:08 AM

Reality check for all the whiners…

Obama, Biden, Pelosi, & Reid are going to shut every one of you “Sarah is a dummy” fools up in ways you didn’t even know existed.

All of you braindead Liberals posting here and piling on; (1) year from now you will see a country that has been further divided into racial groups; a country that is suffering through a trial period where federal government is nationalizing our industries while crushing capitalism; personal wealth will be taken from families; hard work, risk, and reward will be a thing of the past…

All of you Obama lovers are in for a rude and crude awakening. The rest of us already knew what you are about to learn about your messiah. The rest of us will be looking at you and your type real closely in the near future.

Oh and BTW: All of you Obama lovers in Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and other coal mining states; you are going to get exactly what you so richly deserve. You idiots are looking at Sarah Palin, we are looking at YOU!

Load your pantries up with canned food folks. Bullets will become scarce and really expensive, better stock up. I’m not planning on shooting anybody, but I do want the ability to hunt game for food when it becomes necessary.

Better focus your attention on Obama and his mates; watch who he picks for his cabinet; watch closely to see who’s pulling the strings. Obama told all of us exactly what he plans to do; redistribution of wealth; nationalized health care; nationalizing the oil industry; nationalizing 401K programs; shrinking our military; raising the capital gains tax; raising the death tax; drivers licenses for illegals; amnesty for the 15 to 20 million illegals already in country…. A white man’s greed runs a world in need. Right out of his book!

Keemo on November 7, 2008 at 8:15 AM

Keemo on November 7, 2008 at 8:15 AM

Well said!

(Golf clap)

hawkdriver on November 7, 2008 at 8:17 AM

sanguine4,

That is just stupid. You may recall she was a governor AND gave birth in that time frame. And there is no way to prepare for a series of pop quizzes on whatever subject the interviewer pulls out of his/her a$$.

BTW, she did not cost us the election. In fact,without Palin drawing huge crowds and the base back to the ticket, we have a complete wipe out.

The Opinionator on November 7, 2008 at 8:27 AM

Vernon Hardapple,

Re; “woman who doesn’t read newspapers and thinks that Africa is a country”

If you believe either of these things are true, you are a moron. Newsweek is the most biased of the MSM print sources. Check out Groseclose for details. I am sure she reads, every day. And she probably hit the Anchorage Daily News, Juneau and Fairbanks papers and WSJ. Maybe she reads NYT’s, maybe not. But she saw Couric’s trap: Don’t mention NYT, be labeled a rube; Mention NYT while McCain campaign is blasting them for bias and undercut the campaign.

The Opinionator on November 7, 2008 at 8:34 AM

The Opinionator on November 7, 2008 at 8:27 AM

Exactly right! (2) days after picking Palin for the VP slot, McCain raised 15M on the internet alone. McCain’s campaign was having serious difficulty with fund raising, a campaign that was stuck in first gear. Then came Palin and the energy quickly shifted the McCain campaign into a much higher gear. The crowds she drew were much larger than that of McCain. The energy at her stumps was the real deal.

The MSM saw what so many here are denying, and sent an army into Alaska to destroy this new energy.

Damn, Americans have become so freakin blinded by denial of the facts so blatantly in clear view.

Keemo on November 7, 2008 at 8:35 AM

I always wished with the whole thing about what she reads that she had said flat out what she was saying in a more veiled manner. My personal choice would have been, “That is an extremely insulting question. Alaska has electricity, computers, libraries, and the internet. Just because it’s not a major city in the lower 48 doesn’t mean that the people who live there are morons or disengaged from the rest of the country or the world. I read the local papers in Alaska and a couple of national papers, the Wall Street Journal among them. Oh, and screw you, you condescending bitch.”

meltenn on November 7, 2008 at 8:56 AM

I wonder if Sarah was more surprised to hear what NAFTA stands for or the fact that Mexico is considered part of North America.

Vernon Hardapple on November 7, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Neal Boortz linked to a Red State post where they’re listing the leakers and promising to remember them. And not favorably. I like it.

Whoever is doing it for whatever reasons, it needs to stop now. Nobody ever claimed Sarah Palin was perfect. She answered a call to service and served well. Anyone affiliated with the campaign who is at all surprised and dissapointed by her stances should blame the people who vetted her, not the Governor.

EconomicNeocon on November 7, 2008 at 9:37 AM

I thought two of the more interesting things that she said in the radio interview yesterday were: If she ran for president she would want the campaign to be a grassroots effort like her governor’s run, and that she’s not sure that people are going to be ready for the change she would bring after only two years (which is when she would have to start running).

I personally hope that she stays involved on the national stage with energy policy and advocating for special needs children, serves two full terms as governor (no Senate run please, keep your status as an outsider), and puts off a run for president until 2016. That gives her so much more time to distill her principles of governance, develop a clear vision for where she wants to take the country, and bone up on national and international issues.

meltenn on November 7, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Turns out we were all right Sarah was mishandled and had exactly the right instincts. I feel even better about her.

ldbgcoleman on November 7, 2008 at 9:58 AM

From the Anchorage Daily News today: a couple of tidbits about the clothes, and another on the record quote from Scheunemann. Nothing really new except that apparently Palin asked that anything that didn’t belong to her be taken off her campaign plane in Phoenix. It wasn’t, so she and an aide were going through all the luggage yesterday trying to sort out everything and packing it to send back.

meltenn on November 7, 2008 at 10:14 AM

I said from the beginning the Sarah Palin was mishandled.

I told a friend yesterday that Palin should have started her campaign talking to small newspapers and local news channels. She did a wonderful interview with Brenda Blackmon (an African American), the main anchor on UPN9 in New York City/New Jersey. Ms. Blackmon treated Sarah with respect and was fair in her interview. It was very positive. That’s they kind of interviews Sarah needed in the beginning. Local news, local talk shows, get to the heart of people instead of being led to slaughter.

The big guns at the networks were pressuring the McCain camp for interviews so they could humiliate Sarah. Especially Katie Couric, who tried to use her vile, unprofessional interview to keep her job at CBS (which is seriously in jeopardy). Sarah should have been allowed to build up first. Instead, the Republicans and McCain’s camp was so dysfunctional that they sabotaged themselves and let the Obama-friendly press use Sarah to boost their goal of making Obama “emperor”.

Sarah Palin helped John McCain more than any of his so-called Republican colleagues did.

stefystef on November 7, 2008 at 10:18 AM

It is a shame that many so call conservative are trying to destroy Sarah Palin. It looks like a bunch of piranhas attacking a wounded animal. I thought conservatives have more class than liberal morons. Sarah Palin is a smart woman and if she decides to run in 2012 I will support her. Many in the media are making a big deal out of nothing. The truth is Republican abandon their conservative principles and people got sick of them, this is the real reason we lost. We need to clean our party and start a grass root movement to fight liberals 24/7/365.

pukara61 on November 7, 2008 at 10:32 AM

I’ll remain shoulder-to-shoulder with Palin.

She’s a smart woman with ‘balls of steel’. Anyone that can accomplish the kind of meteoric political rise and success that she has is worthy of serious consideration for POTUS. It is my hope that she is the catalyst of a radical return to fundamental American philosophy. It is also my hope that she does not lose heart, despite the traitors around her, and that she seeks my vote in 2012+ – a vote she has already secured.

In contrast, Obama is fools’ gold. He has legally maneuvered his way into politics, spent millions of dollars broadcasting his gift of the gab in order to con the majority of the electorate, and now stands on a precipice of monumental failure. Sadly we will all be injured when he falls.

It is our job as Americans to do everything we can to engage in damage control.

LimeyGeek on November 7, 2008 at 10:44 AM

I’m not going to keep on carping about Wallace. That bitch doesn’t deserve anymore publicity — good or bad.

What disappoints me after reading this post is this collective ego in the campaign that seemed to give up the good fight after the collapse of the economy. They went through the motions on our dime (our being those of us that contributed to the campaign). It is a disgusting showing by people that have been inside the beltway too long.

grdred944 on November 7, 2008 at 10:59 AM

stefystef on November 7, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Damn straight. It made no sense to me that they started her with Charlie Gibson and held her to three major interviews.

Apparently she was asking all along why she wasn’t doing local interviews and interviews with conservatives; she especially wanted to know why she wasn’t allowed to talk to the local media in Alaska so that she could talk to her constituents. From a few of the tidbits coming out she eventually rebelled and called reporters on her own (Glenn Beck, O’Reilly, and the Anchorage Daily News among them) to try to set up interviews. The whole thing with Megyn Kelly also makes me wonder if Palin didn’t call to set it up herself and her handlers found out and canceled it.

meltenn on November 7, 2008 at 11:02 AM

meltenn on November 7, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Exactly!!! Sarah was right. She should have done the little, more personal interviews while McCain stayed on the big stage.

No wonder Sarah Palin rebelled. She knew she was being handled so poorly and she decided that those jealous, ineffectual McCain staffers were not going to set her up as the scapegoat for the failed Republican Party.

I believe that WITHOUT Sarah Palin, McCain would not have broken the 40% barrier. It was McCain’s people who cancelled a lot of her interview and complained that she was going “off message”. I mean really, were they kidding???

It is obvious that the Republicans and conservatives self-destructed this year. And Bush was no help at all. Not for McCain, not for any Republican running this year, not for the Republican party.

stefystef on November 7, 2008 at 11:44 AM

You can be overprepared by being bombarded with too many negatives — too many, “don’t say this, don’t mention that, absolutely never mention so-and-so.”

I work in litigation, and help prepare witnesses to testify. You can absolutely give someone a list of “don’t dos” that is so long and detailed that they find themselves unable to answer a question.

phelps on November 7, 2008 at 11:46 AM

And now the polls are saying that 91% of Republicans liked Palin??? Huh?
Three days ago, Palin was the albatross around McCain’s neck… now she’s wonderful???

Come on, people. The pollster have been playing with the numbers for months… everything to make Obama look like the Second Coming of Christ. Now the truth will come out… too late to take back those votes.

stefystef on November 7, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Palin is Trig.

username on November 7, 2008 at 1:03 PM

Username,

Stay classy.

revolution on November 7, 2008 at 3:23 PM

I see Allah is back to being his normal cynical, useless self.

You really cheapen this site. I wish Michelle would fire you.

revolution on November 7, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Dude. You really hate Palin don’t you?

“Wallace had come from a stint as a commentator at CBS.”

How soon you forget, Allah. RATHERGATE. CBS is all I need to know about this woman.

The fact of the matter is Palin was right and the MSM going on and on about this is doing nothing to take her down. But keep it up because it’ll just make moderate elitist types that much more unpopular in future elections. McCainiacs won’t get elected dog catcher. Look to the primaries where a REAL CONSERVATIVE will go up against a RINO time and time again. Can’t wait Jindhal starts giving more and more interviews and the elitist start trying to tear him down. This is going to be fun!

Sultry Beauty on November 7, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Sultry Beauty on November 7, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Your website has burned my retinas.

LimeyGeek on November 7, 2008 at 3:46 PM

She was the freaking Vice Presidential candidate for christ’s sake

Do you think that John Nance Gardner was cared about as much as the media cared about Palin?

She could not win from the beginning … they made fun of her homestate, they smeared her family, they made fun of her glasses, they called her dumb from the get because she was attractive woman … remember in this day and age only women in pantsuits with haircuts like dudes are “intelligent”

Her direct counterpart in this election claimed that FDR went on television to tell Americans about the great depression in 1929, told a man in a wheelchair to stand up and said that JOBS was a 3 letter word.

and then at the end her own freaking campaign team throws her under the bus, runs her over and backs it up to hit her again

all because they ran a shitty campaign with a horrible presidential candidate

John McCain doesn’t know JACK about economics and yet Palin is the idiot … right makes a lot of sense

New rationale

If you are a moron who has been in the senate since the 3rd grade you get a free pass

but if you are new on the national scene and stumble out of the gate you are a “bimbo”

Its no wonder this country voted for the Messiah

He is the only type of candidate that can survive in this environment … the packaged product of a political machine

Mr. Smith can no longer go to Washington

joey24007 on November 6, 2008 at 11:21 PM

Right on.

Compare Sarah to Rumsfelt , a seasoned smooth talker , I think he made some really bad mistakes handling the war in iraq , but the media could never ever crack him in any interview.

She isn’t that good , so she needed a smoother start.
Sarah has a good track record of decisions and what she has done , because any mistakes and we would’ve been told all about it by now. “Trooper Gate” the only thing and it was a non starter , even with the MSM at hand.

What i mean is that a slick solid talker necessarily doesn’t make good decisions.
And the business world and the military is full of people that would fall flat in an hostile interview , but they dominates the place when real things need to be done and now.

Her biggest mistake were thinking that the Mccain team was good enough and willing to fight.

Obama is no smooth talker , when they push him. But they never did.

And hard decisions he ever made , none.

the_nile on November 7, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Palin is Trig.

username on November 7, 2008 at 1:03 PM

It’s not that I even care what you, an Ayers lover and asshat who takes their flag down when their guy loses an election, has to say, but what the hell does that even mean?

MadisonConservative on November 7, 2008 at 4:26 PM

wallace is a skank……… an unemployable
bitter leper.

hey nicole…… can you say “would you like fries with that?”

tamtam20 on November 7, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Well, knowing whats coming, they bascially have 4 years of attacking of Palin to get rolling on. They know she’s gonna run most likely.

I figure the pendulum is just swining the other way for a little while, almost like it has to. The mainstream press saw how talk radio helped Bush get in twice so they just pulled the same thing, thats all. No biggy. Paybacks are a bitch when it comes our turn again.

johnnyU on November 7, 2008 at 6:20 PM

So, the last bit of the endless Newsweek story is finally up. Nothing new really on the clothes except that it claims that Palin continued to have tailored clothes delivered even after the original story broke and she claimed innocence. I have no idea whether or not she was to blame for the clothes. Maybe she is, and is completely corrupt and a diva, and arrogant enough to think it would never come out or that if it did she could pass it off. I don’t know. I’d like to think the best, but I guess we’ll find out for sure some day.

Couple of new bits: it claims that by the end she refused to talk to donors (Which is weird cause she did a bunch of fundraisers for them and raised her governor’s race money completely on her own. I guess she changed her mind?), and that she refused to go onstage with pro-choice or anti-drilling Republicans in New Hampshire. It should be noted that Steve Duprey, who was traveling with her that day, denies that that happened. But the two she apparently dissed either couldn’t be reach for comment or refused to comment.

meltenn on November 7, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Well if the MSM try to paint your family as a bunch of inbreeding yokels, it’s good PR dressing smart .
She is a good brand people ( still ) try to trash and even that sum of money they mention is small and all worth it , if other people done their work.

the_nile on November 7, 2008 at 7:24 PM

Couple of new bits: it claims that by the end she refused to talk to donors (Which is weird cause she did a bunch of fundraisers for them and raised her governor’s race money completely on her own. I guess she changed her mind?), and that she refused to go onstage with pro-choice or anti-drilling Republicans in New Hampshire. It should be noted that Steve Duprey, who was traveling with her that day, denies that that happened. But the two she apparently dissed either couldn’t be reach for comment or refused to comment.

meltenn on November 7, 2008 at 6:54 PM

here’s something else that’s come out along those lines:
“First Dude” Todd Palin was talking to fat-cat Republican doners by phone during the campaign,asking them to “keep their power dry” until 2012.

Translation: The Palins were already looking ahead to the next election before the current one was decided.

They saw the writing on the wall and knew they had ZERO chance to win and people in the McCain camp realized what was going down,so do you blaming them for getting some payback on a bunch of people that were stabbing their boss in the back? And if this wasn’t true, McCain would’ve already said something, but he’s been pretty mum.

DcMike2K on November 7, 2008 at 7:52 PM

“First Dude” Todd Palin was talking to fat-cat Republican doners by phone during the campaign,asking them to “keep their power dry” until 2012.

I read that in the article too, but I thought it said he was talking to Alaska donors and not necessarily big donors all over the country. I might be remembering that wrong though. Either way shouldn’t have been done if it’s true.

The article said though that Palin was refusing to talk to donors because she found it “corrupting.” That’s the part that doesn’t make sense to me. That story seems somewhat contradictory with the story about Todd. Makes me wonder which one is true.

meltenn on November 7, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Interesting that Palin has refuted this crap (the crap that you seem to believe now), yet that doesn’t get mentioned at all here. I guess we’ve gotta keep that ‘Palin is a bimbo diva’ image going along, right? God forbid anyone in the McCain camp or even on this site take responsibility for their own epic failures.

MBP1982 on November 7, 2008 at 8:04 PM

God forbid anyone in the McCain camp or even on this site take responsibility for their own epic failures.

MBP1982 on November 7, 2008 at 8:04 PM

Let’s get a couple of things straight:

(1) The Republican ticket for President read as follows:
McCain/Palin NOT Palin/McCain

(2) Who was running the McCain Campaign for President? Who had the final say on anything and everything?

Answer: John McCain

John McCain wanted to pick Joe Lieberman as his VP,or someone like Mitt or Tim Pawenty(hope I got that right).He had the power to veto any choice so I’m wondering why he let his handlers talk him into a decision like this one.

He should’ve said”screw all of you” I’ll decide who the VP pick will be

And he still had time to dump Palin after the Katie Couric interview and get someone that could’ve helped him more.
But McCain knew he was in a desperate situation so he let himself get talked into picking a person who was nothing more than a butcher in a supermarket,to carve up red meat and throw it to the luntic fringe of the Republican Party in a attempt to “fire them up”. And it blew up right in their faces. To tell you the truth,I don’t blame the McCain people for being just a little bit pissed off after they found out Ms.Hockey Mom was jamming the old man behind the scenes

DcMike2K on November 7, 2008 at 8:24 PM

MBP1982 on November 7, 2008 at 8:04 PM

I personally think (and hope) that all this stuff about the clothes is complete bull. I love Palin. She’s the only reason I went out to vote, and I want to see her run in 2016. I like to think that all this is staffers setting her up for all their mistakes. I’m just trying to prepare myself just in case it isn’t; because as much as I love her, she’s not perfect and sometimes people make mistakes. I don’t want this hanging over her head when she mounts her run for president.

I’d like somebody to start naming names on who these “anonymous sources” are too. Palin seemed to imply today that at least one of them would have to be from her debate prep because apparently that’s where the Africa and NAFTA conversations (That have been completely taken out of context to make her look dumb, while everyone who will speak on the record says that she’s very smart.)came from. Wasn’t Schmidt part of her debate prep?

meltenn on November 7, 2008 at 8:26 PM

(That have been completely taken out of context to make her look dumb, while everyone who will speak on the record says that she’s very smart.)came from. Wasn’t Schmidt part of her debate prep?

meltenn on November 7, 2008 at 8:26 PM

I don’t believe Sara Palin is a potted plant. She couldn’t have got to where she is if that was the case. But I do believe she was completely unaware of what she was getting herself into. She was unprepared to talk about anything on a national stage so that’s why Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric chew her up and spit her out in little pieces. It seems like to me was,if it didn’t involve Alaska,she didn’t have a clue about it

DcMike2K on November 7, 2008 at 8:39 PM

Palin is Trig.

username on November 7, 2008 at 1:03 PM

A comment like that in my presence would earn you a 1st class ass whopping! You people on the left with your vile comments and mean-spirited souls. Don’t be surprised when you get it back in spades.

hawkdriver on November 7, 2008 at 10:39 PM

sanguine4 on November 7, 2008 at 7:35 AM

That is patently FALSE. Sarah stated in one of here early interviews that she only knew about being a VP candidate for a few weeks before she was picked. The meeting between McCain and Palin just before she was announced was the first time they had ever met face-to-face.

Add on top that she is a Governor and has a state to run. She has a family to take care of too. I think that the big majority of people would have crumbled under that kind of pressure. So you just waltz in here and lie through your teeth to misrepresent it. Yeah, real nice.

Hawthorne on November 8, 2008 at 12:59 AM

Mexicans and many other minority groups actually hold a lot of the same conservative ideals that many of the Republican Party hold dear. What a different political landscape we would have if the GOP didn’t hold a “Not those people” attitude.

stapes on November 8, 2008 at 1:01 AM

So, who reads Newsweek?
They’re just like the NYT’s-nobody buys their rags, as witnessed by their downward spirals.

Gulf Coast on November 9, 2008 at 9:01 AM

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