Skip to comments.Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?
Posted on 11/05/2008 4:34:48 PM PST by TitansAFC
Today, Red State ran an article on the origination of nasty lies from within the McCain/Palin camp. They report, Romney staffers now working on the McPalin campaign have been spreading the stories of Palins ineptitude to the press. Red State and other reporters accuse Romney staffers, including Kevin Madden (former Romney press-man) of pushing reporters into Troopergate stories and other possible negative Palin story angles. Palin provides a threat to Romney for a presidential run, but now is not the time for in-party fighting.
American Girl has been very critical of long-time Romney supporter Kathleen Parker (see here and here), a Republican, from the National Review for her consistent ridicule of Palin instead of criticising the Democrat ticket. Parker has proven to be a putrid, vile opportunist in this election. Parker has only proven to me that she would stab my dog if it helped her personal interests.
Mitt Romney has an obligation to his party and beliefs to publicly hog-tie Madden, Parker, and his surrogates (I have a list). If Romney fails to reign them in and rehires them for another WH bid, he can count on American Girl fighting hard against his nomination.
This is no threat, but a promise. I will take my money, my volunteers, my time, this blog, and more - and back another candidate. Guaranteed.
When I was in St. Paul for the Republican Convention, more than a dozen people told me acolytes of Mitt Romney were feeding all the stories to the media portraying Palin in a negative light.
In fact, I heard that one of the biggest pushers of anti-Palin stories, including encouraging reporters to pursue the "Trooper-gate" story was Romney spokesman Kevin Madden.
I did not blog on it at the time because I perceived it to be people trying to finish off Romney. It likewise seemed clear to me that if this was going on, it was people loyal to Romney who were still hoping for his come back and not Romney himself.
These days it is hard to miss Kathleen Parker's savage attacks on Sarah Palin. She, along with several others listed here attacking Sarah Palin were also some of the first pundits in bed with the Romney campaign in 2007/8.
Again, it is hard for me to place the finger on Romney. It seems to me that these are people who are still convinced he's the better nominee and don't want Palin to be in any position to challenge him in 2012.
At this moment, however, it is absolutely clear -- there is an effort, organized or not, by supporters of Mitt Romney to harm the reputation of Governor Sarah Palin.
The American Spectator documented it yesterday.
Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers, some of whom are currently working for Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin's bid for the White House, have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election. "Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012," says one former Romney aide, now working for McCain-Palin. "The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney. He's in charge on November 5th."
Though I initially dismissed the Kevin Madden rumors, Amanda Carpenter has Kevin in his own words going after Sarah Palin.
And it is not just Madden. It may be hard for you to believe, but there are Romney supporters now working on John McCain's campaign who are, in fact, indisputably out to damage Sarah Palin's reputation. I am not just convinced of it. I know it to be fact. That there are "conservative pundits" echoing the same talking points makes me deeply suspicious.
I agree with Matt Lewis. I doubt Mitt Romney is responsible or encouraging it. In fact, I suspect he'd be extremely disappointed to find this out. Nonetheless, whether organic or organized, it is happening and it deeply worries me that these people now undermining Sarah Palin view Romney as the logical choice to lead the RNC or be the front runner in 2012. You don't get to sabotage your own side and then have your guy be the front runner.
We must remember this. Contrary to the quote in the American Spectator, if November 5th ushers in President-elect Obama, I stand with Sarah.
Romney is the biggest phony there is (well, maybe Hussein is #1). Even if there was no Palin, he should not be given support for a 2012 run.
Looks pretty clear now that we had saboteurs from Team Romney.
Their help of taking down our ticket is apparently much more extensive than is even being reported yet. This includes a strong bit of assistance in leading investigators through Trooper gate with “hot tips.”
I am ashamed that I worked so hard to get Romney the state of Illinois in the primaries.
Will remember this, provided there IS a U.S. in 2012, if Governor Palin wants to run for President.
Please give us the list. Right here on this thread. We want to know the names of those who want to subvert the Republican Party.
Sarah Palin is being treated unjustly and maliciously by these so-called religious people. I used to respect Mormons.
I find that hard to believe and yet, hard not to believe. Wouldn’t put it past Romney. He has been and is on a mission to run again. But to throw Governor Palin under the bus would mean he fears she may run for President in 2012. If he is behind smearing her now, I guess he doesn’t plan on asking her to be his VP IF, IF, he could even get the nomination.
And that is exactly why he and minions will be left out in the cold after this cycle.
We don’t need any more of the misogynistic crap. That’s as disgusting as racism and won’t be tolerated. Period.
I think it was “Politico” who quoted McCain “insiders” disparaging Sarah Palin. Would they be the same you are talking about?
As a Duncan, then Thompson, then Romney, and finally McCain supporter I have one thing to say. Screw you Mitt and get the hell out of my party you swarmy bastard!!! You will never have my support financially or politically ever again.
This may be disinformation to further fragment the Republican Party.....
ROMNEY AND COMPANY CAN GO TO HELL... We are in the market for conservatives.
now I’ll work even harder against romney
I think this is ridiculous. As if the situation isnt bad enough lets feed into this nonsense. Romney was there supporting Mac along the way. I do think he would have helped Mac significantly during the financial meltdown though.
He would never sit on the top of a ticket supported by the people who turned out yesterday.
He would not be at the bottom of a ticket supported by the people who turned out yesterday.
He’s done. He knew this was going on and chose to willfully ignore it and push it to its zenith. Either way, I have no use for him.
I think you are right, it’s disinformation.
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