Video: McCain pretty tired of answering questions about Palin

posted at 8:32 pm on January 12, 2010 by Allahpundit

Again, via Breitbart. This clip got some buzz this morning because he appears to say at one point that he didn’t know how well Palin had been vetted. I don’t think that’s what he meant, though; he’s simply issuing blanket I-don’t-knows in response to questions about dirt in “Game Change,” but the testiness shines through when Lauer presses him. Is he just bored with the subject, or is there … something more?

The picture presented in Game Change of Palin’s emergence as national phenomenon — and the real Palin behind her public persona — is often startling and sometimes shocking. The scantness of the vetting she received before being placed on the Republican ticket. Her substantive deficiencies, even more dramatic than those that had previously been reported: her lack of understanding about why there are two Koreas, her ignorance about the function of the Federal Reserve, her belief that Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11. The fact that, at her lowest moments during preparation for her debate against Joe Biden, some senior McCain aides worried that she was mentally unstable. And, ultimately, their fears that she wasn’t up to the job of being Vice President…

[T]he second reason [the McCain camp has kept silent about her] is equally significant: the fear of the Palin forces. Intimidated by the rabidness of her supporters, believing that they can’t be swayed by facts and worried about getting crosswise with the most highly energized part of the Republican base, McCainworld has shied away from fighting for the soul of the party, instead allowing her version of reality to go largely unchallenged — and her rise to continue unchecked. There was perhaps a related factor: a recent ABC–Washington Post poll found that Republicans regard Palin as the 2012 front runner for their party’s nomination and that she best represents the GOP’s values — besting McCain himself on that score, 18% to 5%.

That’s from Halperin and Heilemann, who showed up on “Hardball” tonight too to dish with Matthews about how she supposedly went “catatonic” during the campaign or something. Exit question one: Why hasn’t McCain been more confrontational with her? Is it because he can’t afford to alienate grassroots conservatives before his election campaign? Surely a guy who’s credibly alleged to have said this isn’t bubbling over with joy at right-wing Palinmania. Exit question two: Why, there are no “rabid” Palin supporters out there, are there?

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No worries, I put in the wrong kind of “bare”. Should be “bear”. Stupid homophones.

Weight of Glory on January 12, 2010 at 9:23 PM

Weight of Glory: I’m sooooooo guility of that, bare and
bear,as well,hehe!:)

canopfor on January 12, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Kristamatic on January 12, 2010 at 9:29 PM

If there’s one thing Palin is certain to posses, that would be a skin of steel. Nasty names and shameless slander from the ‘news’ media have been SOP for a long time in the field of politics…but I don’t even see their efforts making a dent in her fandom.

Dark-Star on January 12, 2010 at 9:35 PM

HornetSing: Are you thinking Laundry Day!!

Don’t Forget! 11/2/10 is Laundry Day

canopfor on January 12, 2010 at 9:32 PM

I CANNOT wait, canopfor!

HornetSting on January 12, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Oh man. The stuff on McCain and what he called Rush, talk radio, and conservatives is damning. I must say I believe it. After McCain cursed out Rick Santorum in the backroom during the amnesty debate a few years ago.

cubachi on January 12, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Right. And why McCain has not come out demonstratively and put Schmidt down (for a myriad of creepy but accurate reasons) is another problem as to me and how I view McCain. He either wanted to lose last Pres. election (what I think) or he wanted to help Obama win (what I also think). Schmidt seems to have been the engineer in accomplishing that.

Lourdes on January 12, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Strange theory here: because Palin has never had a bad word to say about him, even though she had more than ample grounds to be angry with the way the campaign was handled.

She has nothing bad to say about him. He has the class to return the favour.

There’s also an element of basic common sense: there are enough people slamming Gov. Palin from all sides so that even the most reasoned of criticism comes across as piling on. There’s enough infighting among the campaign aides to fuel a soap opera; in fact, it’s fueling ratings even a year after the election. McCain knows that it helps everyone to present a united front at the top of the ticket and let the classless jerks be classless jerks.

Roxeanne de Luca on January 12, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Why, there are no “rabid” Palin supporters out there, are there?

There are no rabid McCain supporters anywhere.

ROCnPhilly on January 12, 2010 at 8:48 PM

I don’t think I have ever met one, ever. Not even here at HotAir.

Sapwolf on January 12, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Sorry….McCain was going to pick Lieberman until it got leaked.

McCain is a Soros bought and paid for career politician who was FORCED into making the ONLY smart decision of his freaking waste of time campaign. We drove out of state to a battlegrond state to stand at a busy intersection with signs for him? NOT SO MUCH we did it because we did it because of Palin and what she represents…..HOPE after 20 plus of the RINO leadership of the GOP!!!

McCain ……. You stink!!!!

PappyD61 on January 12, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Why, there are no “rabid” Palin supporters out there, are there?

Not nearly as many as there are rabid Palin haters…

There are no rabid McCain supporters anywhere.

ROCnPhilly on January 12, 2010 at 8:48 PM

I disagree. Being a conservative McCain supporter is almost proof of rabies.

Kensington on January 12, 2010 at 9:47 PM

LevStrauss on January 12, 2010 at 8:43 PM

I agree with what you say about Bush and spending. McCain probably IS pissed off about Bush being seen as a conservative by some people who still think he is on fiscal issues when Bush is not.

But Bush was good on socon issues due to those two great Supreme Court picks, and his moves to stop some of the extreme abortion agenda such as funding it overseas and pushing to stop partial-birth abortion. I mean sure it didn’t cost him much politically but it was at least something.

The spending and growth of government and his unwillingness to take on the media and correct the record better was terrible because it severely damaged the GOP label and to some extent conservatism.

Sapwolf on January 12, 2010 at 9:49 PM

One would think that McCain would be more supportive, have stood up more for the one bright spot brought to his disastrous campaign.

He’s more or less let her hang out with her cheese in the wind ever since he lost on election night.

He can toss f-bombs at members of his own party for disagreeing with him, yet he can’t offer to ‘punch’ the crap out of Leftists who have been attacking the woman he picked to be his running mate.

Frankly, since the election, Palin has had more courage and stood up to more Leftists and Lefty policies than McCain has. Perhaps the old coot is just jealous…

catmman on January 12, 2010 at 8:49 PM

I too have been very disappointed in how lamely McCain has “defended’ her…

What I have always liked about Palin is that while Joe Biden knew where Home Depot was, Sarah knew where they kept the hammers and how to use one. I also agree that going from a gov’s desk into the national campaign spotlight was a HUGE adjustment and she could not be perfect at, but she was capable.

kringeesmom on January 12, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Before Palin, I remember seeing a news story on McCain, and his campaign. While the rest of the msm’s, and anyone else who guzzled the kool aid were in Germany, waiting anxiously for their messiah to speak…..McCain was de-boarding a plane in…I think it was Rhode Island. One lone reporter was there to cover it.

Palin comes on board, and suddenly people were interested in the campaign.

So now tell me….Schmidt, and others running McCains campaign…are they being honest about Palin, or hating her, because she was doing what they couldn’t. Drawing interest to McCains campaign.

Ego’s seem to be huge in Washington, and I think Schmidt is no different. His ego took a bruising, and he needs someone to blame for his lack luster attempt at running a campaign….and he feels like most of the libs do. That Palin is trash, and an outsider, who needs to be kept in her place.

capejasmine on January 12, 2010 at 9:56 PM

No one likes to be constantly reminded of their irrelevance.

Sorry, McLame, but the only “right” decision you made in your disastrous presidential campaign was picking Sarah as your running mate.

Shocking that folks want to talk about that.

David2.0 on January 12, 2010 at 9:59 PM


@ AllahPundit

“Exit question two: Why, there are no “rabid” Palin supporters out there, are there?”

Don’t make me bite you man!



memomachine on January 12, 2010 at 10:02 PM


Frankly I think these bozos intentionally ran a crappy campaign because at heart they’re Romney people.

That’s the principle reason for trashing Palin every chance they get. They know Palin is -the- single biggest obstacle to a Romney Presidency. And why aren’t they worried about being hired ever again by a politician?

Because they’re already working for Romney.

memomachine on January 12, 2010 at 10:06 PM

McCain is pretty tired of everything at this point, no? Even things like getting up out of a chair?

awake on January 12, 2010 at 10:08 PM

I CANNOT wait, canopfor!

HornetSting on January 12, 2010 at 9:35 PM

HornetSting: I as well,Stingette!!:)

canopfor on January 12, 2010 at 11:30 PM

McCain hired all these disloyal morons so anyone who ever worked for McCain should be ineligible to work for a Republican presidential candidate.

Speedwagon82 on January 13, 2010 at 12:11 AM

McCain pretty tired of answering questions about Palin

We’re agreed. I’m pretty tired of hearing him answering questions about Palin.

RadClown on January 13, 2010 at 2:40 AM

Well, I suppose Coakely will be skewed on HArdball for misspelling Massachusetts and for thinking terrorists are not in Afghanistan!

That doesnt make her look to smart.

becki51758 on January 13, 2010 at 7:45 AM

I am pretty tired of hearing about McCain….

ne0365 on January 13, 2010 at 10:07 AM

While originally I thought McCain should have stepped up and done something about his campaign staff trashing his running mate, at this point he may be taking the best route. The man probably does not want to get involved in a running “mean girl” bit*hfest of You’re a liar, no you are.”

Palin seems more than willing to take on her attackers and now she another method of doing it. She has not attacked him – why should be attack her? No one could say that Palin didn’t lack experience in foreign policy issues but even POS Schmidt admits that she energized the GOP and prevented them from losing even worse. Background & factoids can be learned – leadership can’t.

katiejane on January 13, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Why, there are no “rabid” Palin supporters out there, are there?

Rather, the question is whether there are “rabid” Palin haters out there, and also whether one should feed rabid wolves.

When the wolves come snarling and tearing, shoot them, don’t feed them. McCain is avoiding the feeding part, but, being the civil Senatorial person he is, he’s avoiding the echoing sound of gunfire.

unclesmrgol on January 13, 2010 at 11:23 AM

McCain, who has made a career of playing kissyface with the likes of Lauer, deserves every bit of needling he gets. The fact that he can’t answer any questions speaks volumes. His was a seat-of-the-pants campaign run by a seat-of-the-pants RINO-based values system. Palin was and will always be his Pandora’s box.

JD Hayworth, anyone???

Western_Civ on January 13, 2010 at 12:07 PM

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