Top McCain adviser refers to Palin as "a whack job"

United States
October 28, 2008 1:06pm CST
http://www.politico.com/playbook/1008/playbook476.html Tensions seem to be running ever higher as the Palin 'insurgency' and McCain's people scramble to blame each other for the situation they're in. The weird thing to me, though, is that regardless of who you try and blame, it's ultimately going to rest on McCain anyway. If you blame McCain, McCain is blamed (obvious). If you blame Palin, well, who put Palin on the ticket? McCain. So he'd get blamed for the pick.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
28 Oct 08
No need to "blame" anyone - Palin is being herself now instead of following the scripts of the advisors and it's p***ing them off. I prefer to hear from her - not from campaign advisors.
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• United States
28 Oct 08
I agree. She has not had the support of her advisors because she's not too comfortable with the status quo which I think is great.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
29 Oct 08
You nailed it, C.V., it's McCain's fault no matter how you slice it! I love this, what's going to happen to all these Republicans who have broken Ronald Reagan's "11th Commandment" - Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican? Will they go to political Hell? Actually, I think the company will be much better than going in the other direction with the "good" Republicans...lol! Annie
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• United States
28 Oct 08
If she is a whack job, she's a whack job who can accomplish what the mainstream politicians couldn't. She's very intelligent and very capable. I've read a lot about her some good stuff and some bad stuff. Usually the bad things aren't backed up with fact. It's mainly name calling. Here's an article you may want to read for a fair look at her accomplishments. http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MjEyMzk3MWU4Yzk1NGQyMWYwZjk0OTcyNmEzYTM5N2E= Please let me know if this link works. I can't cut and paste yet so I had to type all of those letters and I don't know if I did it correctly.
• United States
28 Oct 08
"she's a whack job who can accomplish what the mainstream politicians couldn't." You mean fail to answer even the most basic questions, and then blame it on "gotcha journalism"?
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• United States
28 Oct 08
Gotcha journalism is fair. Everyone mis-speaks sometimes and misquotes. They also do things that may not agree with the masses. The difference is not everyone has cameras in their face with people behind them, waiting for a mistake to be made so the media can exploit it and try to push whatever agenda they're on board with. It comes from both sides. Bill Clinton has said things, Gore has said things, Dan Quail has said things, Bush has said things, Hilary has said things, and so on and so on. When something is caught on camera the media feels obligated to take it at god speed and play it out to show the American people imperfection in our politicians. It's not fair to judge little things like that because the media would have you believe that this is what's going on all day everyday with that person. It's just a slip of the tongue just as everyone else has had in everyday life. Lighten up. If you don't like her don't vote for McCain. It's as simple as that. No need to be insulting.
@iriscot (1290)
• United States
28 Oct 08
She was stupid enough to spend $150,000 on clothes and $22,000 on makeup. Didn't she think other people would find this out. And now they say those clothes will all go to charity. Does that mean "Goodwill" or do they intend to auction them off to the highest bidder?She's a "dim wit" and even the newspaper in Anchorage, Alaska tells us to "look out" if McCain is elected. I wonder if she had the same contractor that Senator Stevens used when she spent $50,000 re-decorating the mayor's office when she was elected mayor of the little town of Wasilla? I wonder if you noticed the looks that McCain was giving her when she made some boo-boos during their interview? She should of pulled her skirt down a little, he kept noticing her legs. Of course, he was know for that when he was younger. Remember John we can look, but don't touch!
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• United States
29 Oct 08
I agree with you. All of this in-fighting is made possible due to John McCain's inability to lead his party through this tough campaign. He has made one bad decision after another. It doesn't seem as if he's meeting with his top campaign advisors on a daily basis. He seems to be unable to nip simple problems in the bud. Maybe it's because both he and Sarah Palin both consider themselves "Mavericks". Whatever the reason, McCain's campaign seems very erractic and dysfunctional at this time. And there's very little time to correct it. On the other side, you see a well organized campaign. All aspects are working together. It shows real leadership and organizational skills. It shows the ability to do more than one thing at a time. There is absolutely no in-fighting. I believe the way Barack Obama has run his campaign will be studied and copied for years to come. Lloyd
@efc872 (1078)
• Jamaica
29 Oct 08
The Republicans must realize by now that it is the man in the street who is financing Obama's campain. There are more poor people than rich that have the voice in this election. As Bob Marley said (de a go tired to si we face)
• United States
29 Oct 08
Unlike a lot of Palin detractors, I don't think she's stupid - I think she's extremely shrewd, especially when it comes to advancing her chosen agenda and accommodating her ambition. She has a great deal of personal charm, and judging from newspaper stories about her over the past 6-8 years, she doesn't let ethics get in the way of getting things done - her way. There are reports that she got that landmark agreement with TransCanada by meeting secretly with the major players in each company - and then structuring the bid process so that only one company was -qualified- to bid for it. She authorized the building of the hockey rink in Wasilla and gave the go-ahead to start building despite the fact that the ownership of the land was in question. That meant that the city ended up paying considerably more for the land than they would have, but the skating rink got built. There are multiple other examples of Palin doing things her way - and getting them done. Now. I am not naive. As much as we'd like it to be otherwise, every politician has these kinds of episodes, and they are forgiven them if their agendas are popular and Palin's is among the right-wing Republican base - and among the socially conservative majority in her home state. I believe that Palin was badly mishandled. I believe that if she had been given her head from the start, her blunders would have been different - and she would have looked less like an unintelligent, incurious, anti-intellectual and more like what she is - a woman who learns what she needs to know when she needs to know it, and has had little reason to look beyond the borders of her state before now - savvy, smart and narrowly focused. I think that what we're seeing - people distancing themselves from the McCain campaign and pointing fingers and all the criticism of Palin coming from the party can be laid directly at the feet of McCain's campaign management and his handling. Nearly every person who has cited McCain's choice of Palin as the biggest reason they've moved away from the party's choice has also cited the tenor of the campaign, its divisiveness and its lack of cohesion. Palin may have been cheerleading, but she didn't write the message. She's just very good at delivering it.