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Attacks Heighten on Sarah Palin From Inside McCain Campaign
Today, even more vitriol has leaked out from the McCain campaign toward the woman many regard as the downfall of the ticket. Someone from the Arizona senator's camp told Fox News that Palin didn't know that Africa was a continent and couldn't name the member countries of NAFTA (this may not be true, but it's certainly evidence of a lot of pent-up rage). The Times spoke to several top advisers who painted an ugly picture of mistrust and rebellion on the trail.
Palin returns to Alaska amid criticism from disgruntled McCain aides
Former vice presidential candidate faces new allegations over her behaviour on the campaign trail
Unnamed McCain advisers, their ire no longer constrained by campaign discipline, complained that the Alaskan governor had been unco-operative. The New York Times reported the McCain circle was angry about her independent decision to talk directly to the French President, Nicholas Sarkozy, which then turned out to be a prank from a Canadian radio station.
She was also said to have resisted offers of help preparing for interviews with Katie Couric, which also proved to be highly damaging. Guardian.co.uk
One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Newsweek
Originally posted by jam321
Personally I think people should let go and let her live in peace. Everybody including herself knew she wasn't ready. And I can't blame reps for defending her as if she was. The reps wanted to see their team win. Hell, my Cowboys suck this year but I still talk them up as if they were undefeated. Thing is that we and Palin know that her role in National Politics is over. Even if she briefed up on everything and ran in 2012 she would still lose because she is already scarred. I just see a lot of this like kicking somebody when they are already down. And to be Frank, she doesn't deserve all the blame.
I will say that she did help in a positive way. She help to point out that the Republican Party has to change. They have to start making themselves more representative of America. They need to return to their roots of being conservative. They need to start fielding women and minorities for political races all across the country. If it wasn't for Hillary and her disappointed supporters, Palin would have never been chosen in the first place. Another white guy would have. Nothing racist, just true.
Originally posted by southern_Guardian
Yes it became apparent that this woman wasnt ready from the start, and I really dont see her running in 2012.
Now that the defeated Republican presidential team of Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have gone their separate ways, the knives are out and Palin is the one who is getting filleted.
Revelations from anonymous critics from within the McCain-Palin campaign suggest a number of complaints about Palin.
Fox News reports that Palin didn't know Africa was a continent and did not know the member nations of the North American Free Trade Agreement -- the United States, Mexico and Canada -- when she was picked for vice president.
The New York Times reports that McCain aides were outraged when Palin staffers scheduled her to speak with French President Nicholas Sarkozy, a conversation that turned out to be a radio station prank.
Newsweek reports that Palin spent far more than the previously reported $150,000 on clothes for herself and her family.
Several publications say she irked the McCain campaign by asking to make her own concession speech on election night.
Perhaps the most dangerous allegation for Palin are reports in The New York Times and Newsweek that when she was urged by McCain adviser Nicole Wallace to buy three suits for the Republican convention and three suits for the campaign trail, she went on the now-infamous shopping spree at swank stores, like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
A Republican donor who agreed to foot a majority of the expenses was stunned when he received the bill, Newsweek reported. Both the Times and Newsweek report that the budget for the clothing was expected to be between $20,000 and $25,000. Instead, the amount reported by the Republican National Committee was $150,000.
That wasn't the whole tab, however, according to Newsweek. The magazine claims that Palin leaned on some low-level staffers to put thousands of dollars of additional purchases on their credit cards. The national committee and McCain became aware of the extra expenditures, including clothes for husband Todd Palin, when the staffers sought reimbursement, Newsweek reported.
Asked for a response by ABC News, the RNC released the following statement: "The committee's requirement is to report to the FEC our expenditures and we have done so."
McCain Aide Calls Palin Family 'Wasilla Hillbillies'
There is one comment in particular from a McCain aide that guaranteed to heighten friction between the two camps. The angry aide described the Palin family shopping spree to Newsweek as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast."
Both Newsweek and The New York Times say McCain and Palin had little contact with each other.
"I think it was a difficult relationship," one top McCain official confided to The New York Times. But a high level McCain adviser told ABC News that the two had a good working relationship.
However, press accounts today suggest that Palin rubbed many of the McCain aides the wrong way. On election night, when it was clear that McCain would be giving a concession speech instead of an acceptance speech, Palin approached McCain with a speech in hand hoping to make her own concession speech, according to published reports.
Vice presidential candidates traditionally leave the spotlight to the top of the ticket on election night and McCain aides made it clear to Palin that she would be a spectator that night, not a speaker, The New York Times reported.
And when McCain and Palin split up in Arizona Wednesday, the personal differences were stark.
McCain drove himself home in a Toyota sport utility vehicle. Palin's departure was a grander event. She left with an entourage of 18 family members and friends and a Secret Service detail, heading to the airport in a motorcade stretching more than a dozen vehicles, flanked by a dozen more cops on motorcycles.
Originally posted by David9176
She was purposely dragged in the mud the entire election. Any slip up she made was everywhere.
I think the fact that she really was an outsider to Washington scared the daylights out of everyone else.
The angry aide described the Palin family shopping spree to Newsweek as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast."
It didn't scare me at all. Why should it?