Sunday, October 26, 2008

And speaking of Sarah Palin, 'The Knives Are Out'

Steve Soto's post is here.

From the moment that he picked Palin, some of us knew two things:

It would get bloody inside the campaign in the closing weeks as it became clear she was a cancer; and the party launched its own poison pill for 2012 when McCain elevated Palin into a national GOP figure, letting her believe that she was a real player when in fact she is the face of extremist Armageddon for the Republican Party.

As to the first point, McCain’s people have finally had enough of the prima Donna.

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."

McCain has no one to blame but himself for creating this problem.

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."

Pretty catty stuff, and yet she really does think that she is the front runner for 2012, even though polls say otherwise. Democrats should welcome the intraparty GOP fights over the next four years.

1 comment:

patrick said...

the McCain camp has been sending mixed signals since it's inception... Sarah Palin can't even keep up with McCain's endless wavering between "straight talker" and crooked politician