Monday, October 27, 2008


CNN - With 10 days until Election Day, long-brewing tensions between GOP vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin and key aides to Sen. John McCain have become so intense, they are spilling out in public, sources say. Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN that they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin "going rogue." A Palin associate, however, said the candidate is simply trying to "bust free" of what she believes was a damaging and mismanaged roll-out.

McCain sources say Palin has gone off-message several times, and they privately wonder whether the incidents were deliberate. They cited an instance in which she labeled robocalls -- recorded messages often used to attack a candidate's opponent -- "irritating" even as the campaign defended their use. Also, they pointed to her telling reporters she disagreed with the campaign's decision to pull out of Michigan. A second McCain source says she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

"She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone," said this McCain adviser. "She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else.

"Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves, as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.". . .

The Politico reported Saturday on Palin's frustration, specifically with McCain advisers Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt. They helped decide to limit Palin's initial press contact to high-profile interviews with Charlie Gibson of ABC and Katie Couric of CBS, which all McCain sources admit were highly damaging. . .

Two sources, one Palin associate and one McCain adviser, defended the decision to keep her press interaction limited after she was picked, both saying flatly that she was not ready and that the missteps could have been a lot worse. They insisted that she needed time to be briefed on national and international issues and on McCain's record.

"Her lack of fundamental understanding of some key issues was dramatic," said another McCain source with direct knowledge of the process to prepare Palin after she was picked. The source said it was probably the "hardest" to get her "up to speed than any candidate in history."


At October 28, 2008 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That desire to "bust free" is why she is so valuable - bringing fresh ideas into the campaign. What a maverick! I'll bet that McCain can hardly wait to introduce her to Washington.

At October 28, 2008 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:33, do us all an enormous favor and migrate to Alaska so you can hang with all the other "Alaskan Seccessionist" freaks. Maverick, my ass. She's a political drone in a dress, and even if she were by some stretch of the term a "maverick", well, all I can say is eight years of a loose-cannon maverick in office has gotten us into one christamighty balled-up mess already; why do you want more?

At October 29, 2008 1:50 AM, Anonymous Amirah said...

I agree with the second comment completely....One word to describe Palin.....HILLBILLY. She is on a roll and her own campaign cant stop the monster they created...its really funny. lol.


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