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McCain-Palin Campaign Go Public


Last Edited: November 6, 2008, 12:01 pm

Strains Between McCain and Palin Aides Go Public

Report: Palin's Wardrobe Is to Be Audited by GOP


Nov. 6, 2008 —


Now that the defeated team of  Sen. John McCain and 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 the Alaskan governor:

  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.

The tension is likely to continue or get worse. Lawyers for the Republican National Committee are heading to Alaska to try to account for all the money that was spent on clothing, jewelry and luggage, according to The New York Times.

Reports of agitation  between the two camps bubbled up in the final weeks of the campaign as  Barack Obama began pulling away  and the GOP duo was unable to regain the momentum.

But those reports are no longer in the rumor stage as McCain loyalists are now blasting away at the  Alaska governor, who was a favorite of the Republican right during the campaign, but was  cited in numerous polls  as a reason why many Americans wouldn't vote for the Arizona Republican.

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.


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."

It's unclear how much McCain knew about the clothing debacle. Reports suggest that he was kept out of the loop for fear that he would not approve.

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.

"He likes her," this senior McCain adviser said last week. "He's had no problem with her. He's very appreciative of what she's done."

The adviser said McCain and Palin talked at least once a day. He also said McCain frequently joked about how large Palin's crowds were compared to his.

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.


Interview Prep Lacking, McCain Staffers Say

McCain aides had numerous complaints about Palin. She was unwilling or unable to find the time and energy to prep for her disastrous interview with Couric. And when she did study, she astonished her handlers by her unsophisticated views.

She didn't know Africa was a continent, according to Newsweek. Fox News revealed that during her cramming, she couldn't name the three countries that belong to the North American Free Trade Agreement: the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Questions followed Palin home to Alaska. She was asked about some of the accusations from anonymous sources when she landed there late Wednesday.

Asked about the Fox report that she did not know the NAFTA members or that Africa was a continent, Palin said, "If they're an unnamed source, that says it all. I won't comment on anyone's gossip based on anonymous sources. That's kind of a small of a bitter type of person who anonymously would charge that I didn't know an answer to a question. So until I know who's talking about it, I won't have a comment on a false allegation."


Palin Insists She's No Diva

When pressed on what went wrong with the campaign, she said, "I certainly am not one to ever waste time looking backwards."

She defended herself against the notion that she is to blame for the failure of the McCain-Palin ticket.

"I don't think anybody should give Sarah Palin that much credit, that I would trump an economic, woeful time in this nation that occurred about two months ago, that my presence on the ticket would trump the economic crisis that America found itself in a couple of months ago and attribute John McCain's loss to me," Palin told reporters in Arizona Wednesday.

"Now, having said that, if I cost John McCain even one vote, I'm sorry about that because John McCain I believe is the American hero. I had believed that it was his time. & He being so full of courage and wisdom and experience, that valor he just embodies, I believe he would've been the best pick, but that is not the Americans' choice at this time."

She also rejected the characterization that she was a "diva" on the campaign trail, as one anonymous McCain adviser told CNN.

"If only people, y'know, come on up and travel with us to Alaska and see this 'diva' lifestyle that I supposedly live or would demand, because it's just false," she said.

Asked about her national political ambitions, she said, "I have not given it any thought in the context of making any kind of decisions at all, so no, just happy to be back here."

In one of her favorite coffee shops in Wasilla Tuesday morning, Palin summed it up this way: "Forever, I'm going to be Sarah from Alaska."

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NBey6Comment by NBey6 - November 6, 2008, 11:51 am
Hopefully the comment of her not knowing Africa was a continent is a joke. Nonetheless, thank God she didn't get the job of Vice President.
Comment by pacattack05 - November 6, 2008, 12:27 pm
I heard that prank the other day. Funny as hell. Here it is..

Comment by Piaceri - November 6, 2008, 12:50 pm
These comments are coming from unnamed, anonymous source within one of the most poorly run campaigns in history. These failures will not go public with these comments because they are trying to throw Sarah under the bus. I do not believe a word of it. Sarah's response is that she will not respond unless she knows who is saying these things. She has a point.

While Sarah draws tens of thousands to her rallies, McCain draws a mere 1100. While Sarah was able to energize the conservative base of the Republican Party, McCain excited no one.

There is war within the Republican Party. It is the conservative base vs the moderates who pandered to the left. The Republican moderates, RINOs, have nearly destroyed this party. They lost the base several years ago, they nominated a half-assed candidate for the 2008 elections. The moderates are trying to destroy the one who drew the most excitement from the right seen in years. The media cooperated. It is up to conservatives to take their party back.
Comment by Piaceri - November 6, 2008, 1:11 pm
Nicole Wallace and Steve Schmidt.

McCain campaign people who mismanaged the campaign, mismanaged Palin, screwed over the Republican Party. These are the two who are trying to throw Palin under the bus.

Bill Kristol said weeks ago that McCain needs to fire his campaign staff.
ToddComment by Todd - November 6, 2008, 1:39 pm
NBey, it is beneath you to repost this trash article. Do you really have that much pent up anger in your life that you cannot get past this? How about being happy from your candidate and posting something positive, instead of trying to ruin a very good, strong woman, who is a role model to millions of women aroung the country?

Do you know that Bible parable able removing the log from your own eye before trying to remove the speck from someone else's?
NBey6Comment by NBey6 - November 6, 2008, 1:51 pm
Don't get mad at me about the article, this is my blog and I didn't write the article. My comment is below, just in case you forgot what I wrote:

Comment by NBey6 - Today, 11:51 am
Hopefully the comment of her not knowing Africa was a continent is a joke. Nonetheless, thank God she didn't get the job of Vice President.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - November 6, 2008, 1:57 pm
Yeah I heard On Rush today that the Repub camp has shot her down and guttin her out like a moose.
Blame game now to keep her off the ticket.
Also heard that Obama is going to have his campaign staffers located in town to monitor anyone going against him. They will put pressure on any one who does.
NBey6Comment by NBey6 - November 6, 2008, 1:58 pm
Who's Rush?
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - November 6, 2008, 2:03 pm
Rush Limbaugh
NBey6Comment by NBey6 - November 6, 2008, 2:04 pm
Ohhh. Okay.
NBey6Comment by NBey6 - November 6, 2008, 7:37 pm
Apparently it was not a joke, Sarah Palin really did not know that Africa is a continent, not a country.

jarasanComment by jarasan - November 6, 2008, 9:03 pm
Rush Limbaugh has pursued his passion of being on the airwaves and communicating his conservative opinions upon all political, national, and constitutional issues.

A mistake that many people make is pre-judging Rush and not giving him the benefit of doubt and just listening to him for a couple of hours.

Many say: "Well he didn't graduate from college and he is belligerently obtuse!". He didn't need college, his granddad was a circuit court judge who just had a courthouse named after him, his dad a lawyer, and his mom a teacher. He speaks very lovingly of his family, friends, and pets, he also cuts thru BS big time. He did not need college, he has it built in and then some.

He is one of those who started doing something he loved early on, at the consternation of his family, but nevertheless wildly succeeded. He is very good at predicting political behavior on all sides of issues.

Millions listen to him.
Comment by pacattack05 - November 6, 2008, 10:19 pm
Rush Bimbo can kiss my ass. Millions of idiots listen to him. Ditto this you Bush puppet.
Comment by Piaceri - November 6, 2008, 11:45 pm
"Randy Scheunemann McCain's foreign policy advisor, called the idea of a split between the two campaigns 'laughable'.

'It's hard to believe these people worked for John McCain. They obviously have no loyalty to John McCain and no loyalty to his running mate,' said Scheunemann, who prepared Palin for the vice presidential debate.

'I've worked in Washington for over 20 years. I have seen literally dozens of politicians, and Sarah Palin is as smart, tough, and focused as any politician I've ever seen. I'm proud of the time I was able to spend with her' he said."

This said from a McCain campaign member who is not afraid to have his name in the paper. If anyone believes the crybaby rants from a couple of gutless, nameless people who claim to be McCain campaign personnel, you are a fool. These people have a vendetta. It's as obvious as the nose on your face.

pac - have you had your meds today? LOL. I don't always agree with Rush, but he is thought provoking and very intelligent.
NBey6Comment by NBey6 - November 10, 2008, 11:50 am
John McCain hasn't commented so I guess he either agrees or he doesn't want to make himself looking worse for even picking her. I forgive you John McCain.


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