McCain camp turns on Palin


Whether Sarah Palin will emerge as a future contender or remain just a part of the 2008 campaign will take some time to shake out. For now, an unflattering campaign post-mortem in Newsweek is getting a lot of mileage.

Dan Kennedy:

If nothing else, I hope Sarah Palin's partisans come to realize that her supposed enemies in the media were a bunch of wimps compared to her supposed friends in the McCain campaign.

"Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast" ... going after William Ayers before the campaign had made a final decision on whether to do so (how'd that work out?) ... didn't know Africa was a continent ... "so nasty and angry at staff that they would virtually be reduced to tears."

Stay tuned. I think we're going to hear a lot more.

Seth Gitell

I’m truly amazed by the reports coming out of the McCain campaign. Now, according to the New York Times, McCain’s advisers admit that they were blind-sided by Sarah Palin’s lack of knowledge and reluctance to prepare for interviews. The reporting of Carl Cameron of Fox News goes even further, saying the Alaska governor did not realize Africa was a continent:

We’re told by folks that she didn’t know what countries that were in NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, that being the Canada, the US, and Mexico. We’re told she didn’t understand that Africa was a continent rather than a country just in itself … a whole host of questions that caused serious problems about. ...

I’m adding a quote I’ve subsequently located from an anonymous McCain aide describing Palin’s $150,000 shopping spree: “A “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast.” Note that when members of the Blue-Coastal Media and blog community made similar comments around Labor Day, they were dubbed culturally-biased and anti-feminist by the pro-McCain forces.

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