Skip to comments.SCAPEGOATING SARAH
Posted on 11/06/2008 3:25:39 AM PST by DocT111
The search for someone to blame for John McCain's defeat was well under way yesterday. Many fingers, not surprisingly, were pointed at Sarah Palin.
Actually, the Palin scapegoating began before the polls even opened, with top McCain staffers complaining that the Alaska governor was a "diva" given to straying "off message."
True, she turned out not to be the magic bullet Republicans had hoped for.
Then again, John McCain turned out not to be the asset Republicans had hoped for. Terming his performance - and that of the campaign itself - lackluster sort of understates the case.
(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...
The RINOs that infested the McCain Campaign know very well that people weren’t voting for McCain, but voting for Palin. They resent this. And since they can’t look at themselves in the mirror and admit their failures, they are looking for a convenient scapegoat.
He would not have had my vote!
The search for someone to blame for John McCain’s defeat...How about his “esteemed colleague” way of thinking, McCain- Feingold, McCain- Lieberman and his reaching across the aisle?
McCain wasn’t the standard bearer that conservatives wanted. My opinion is that if Gov. Palin was at the top of the ticket all along things would be a helluva lot different today.
“True, she turned out not to be the magic bullet Republicans had hoped for.”
“Moreover, McCain & Co. knew there was a risk with Palin”
These two sentences are really stupid. The article reads like another hit on Palin meant to look otherwise.
I guess Sarah didn’t bring in enough black,hispanic,single
women,college kids and guilt ridden whites to the ticket.
So true, I would not have been able to vote for him, if not for her. Maybe she’ll run in 2012, if the country is still having elections then..
And John McCain is not the magic six-shooter he advertised himself to be. Without Sarah Palin, Mccain loses by 15-20%.
Even worse, now he gets to go back to the Senate and come up with more crap legislation when he reaches across the aisle to all his friends in the Democrat party.
Too bad he doesn't consider conservatives to be part of his base.
Screw the Romneybots and all Rinos. Our take back the GOP started yesterday.
Steve Doocey on “Fox & Friends” just hit the nail on the head.
He suggested that the Republicans who don’t like Palin are “kneecapping” her to stop her before she becomes the front runner for 2012.
The McCain staffers who are spreading this garbage about Sarah Palin deserve to be out of work. Imagine what the White House would have been like with these slimeballs there?
If a former McCain staffer applies for a job with me, he/she will be summarily rejected.
Go back to looking for those Independents and Libs you so charish. Conservatives have had it with you.
I don’t know why you had to drag a fine woman like Sarah Palin into this mess but, maybe she can shed you and your ilk for a run in 2012.
FUVM, Former Republican.
McCain needs to be put out to a pasture, (preferably an illegal immigrant pasture) given flatulence pills so as not to harm his environment, given a few Democrat Party buds to slobber over and forgotten about.
She’s probably the only one who did bring them in (well, with the exception of the guilt-ridden whites). If the McCain campaign had not been so easily intimidated by its RINO contingent and the leftist commentators and had actually let Palin get out there some time before the last two weeks of the campaign, things might be different today. She was very good at building support outside of the GOP voter base because she gave a firm, positive message that was attractive to non-political type folks.
She graciously bit her tongue when interviewers asked her if she differed on issues with Sen. McCain. Now she can tell the country who she really is.
Unfortunately I believe for the short term she will be polarizing because of the terrible way she was portrayed by the media and the faux conservative talking heads.
She has a bright future in the preservation of conservatism, but she needs to define herself; something the McAmnesty campaign did not allow. After the way she was treated by the press, her own party and now by the idiots in her own campaign; she may not desire to venture out of Alaska.
Why would anyone want to allow their family to be ravaged by these animals again? For most conservatives, our family and faith are our cornerstones of strength and joy; to watch both attacked and ridiculed must be quite discouraging. But I have a feeling that her and her family are of the type that can take the abuse; time will tell.
Thank You Gov. Palin for keeping hope alive
She WAS the magic bullet, but meek, humble, inoffensive, bi-partisan John McCain was the anti-magic bullet and they canceled each other.
Also, John, trying to help out the illegals really got you traction with the Hispanics, eh? Stabbed in the back again? You must have to buy a lot of new suit coats.
Correction: the RINOs that infest the Republican Party ensured McCain’s defeat. Without Palin the GOP ticket would have been disemboweled. We Conservatives need to get busy at the grassroots level and make the GOP the party of Reagan once again. The RINO ‘we suck less’ mentality will doom the GOP to wander in the wilderness. Nobody is buying the ‘Democrat Lite’ cr@p anymore. This election should drive the point home.
So long as the issue was Obama's experience, all Obama had to do to win was to show up at the debates and walk and talk like a president. This was so because it was a Democrat' s year. But mostly it was so because the nation was in the grip of the neuroses in which too many people wanted to put a black man in the Oval Office and too many others were operating out of paroxysms of hatred for George Bush.
As I argued countless times before the debates, to win, McCain had to morally destroy Obama. This McCain could not do so long as he confined his attacks to Obama's experience level and took Obama's or associations and radicalism off the table.
For all her alleged lack of sophistication, Sarah Palin seems to have sensed this and she alone-evidently contrary to the wishes of McCain and her handlers-took on Obama for his radicalism.
McCain simply failed to get it.
Spot on as usual, NB.
Good "Rocky" reset!
See MY new tagline...
McCain was not the Maverick he advertised himself to be. Think of how many times he tried to sell himself as, “The Maverick.” “I have the bruises on my body to prove it.” “I’ve gone against my own party...” Yada-yada. Well, at the time that was most critical, at the time when, it turns out, this election cycle really spiralled downward and away from him, what did he do? He went back to Washington, sat quietyly during a meeting (for all the world to see, then voted WITH everyone else on the bailout nonsense.
He’s no Maverick. He’s no independent (or maybe no deep) thinker. He’s expedient.
It was the late-added presence of SARAH which energized an otherwise moribund and apathetic conservative voting base.
It was SARAH who drew record-shattering crowds, everywhere she went on behalf of a sour and ungrateful McCain campaign.
Friendly little word of warning to any/all RINOs out there reading this, and thinking about standing in the way between this woman and the conservative base that adores her, anytime during the next four years:
You're expendable to us. SHE isn't.
See here for starters:
LOL How true...
Shortly after the convention, the McCain campaign announced their battle plan was to attack Obama on his experience. The Clinton campaign lost on this issue every time they tried it, they showed well when they attacked his policies and associations.
There was a blueprint laid out for failure and one for possible success; he chose the path that pointed toward failure and failed; go figure.
We all know what we saw! We know what/how the MSM thinks. And now, apparently, we also know what people at FOX think.
And now these same clueless fools want to cling to the delusional notin that Palin lost it for them!
You cant win running against your own party. There was simply no enthusiasm there before Palin, his best and only great move. McCain received 55 million votes. Ten million of those Republicans wouldnt have crossed the street to shake his hand. Had he picked some moderate-RINO, acceptable to the MSM, hed have lost by 20 points instead of 6.
These cowards can't admit they ran a horrible campaign and lost a winnable race. Disgusting.
McCain should publicly condemn these hacks (much like he condemed anyone who criticized Obie on his behalf), then I lose whatever respect I had for the man.
I’m calling the RNC today.
Guys, I’m NOT supporting this party if they throw this woman under the bus.
And I don’t care how great Jindal is, if his minions seek to destroy Sarah to help Jindal, I WILL NOT SUPPORT THIS.
I have nothing but positive impressions of both of these young governors. Conservatives will get NOWHERE by tearing each other down. I know politics is politics, but we need to go after the RINOS, not Sarah. THis will backfire big time.
All while trying to woo the disenfranchised Clinton supporters (what was it 18 million?)! What a strategy!
No bill with pork will cross my desk; then he signed the biggest pork laden bill one could imagine; coincidentally 80% of all people in the country opposed. How could he lose with that strategy.
Always felt McPain was feathering his senate seat in the event he lost. He wouldn't go after his opponent with the single mindedness needed to win. Today we have a empty suit Marxist named Barack Hussein Obama, who can't produce a legitimate birth certificate to prove actual U.S. citizenship ... that is president elect.
I tolerated McPain and reluctantly voted for him ... in spite of misgivings. The alternative was worse ...
John McCain’s debate performances were awful.
He missed every chance to hit it out of the park.
“I know how to reach across the aile and get things done”, “I have a track record”, “I’ve done that my friends”, I’VE DONE THAT!”
BTW: Brit Humes all star panel, who embraced McCain and turned their noses up at Hunter, Thompson will never have the opportunity to steal another momement of my attention.
Congressional conservative Republicans need to step up to the plate NOW and defend Palin big-time. Jindal needs to get into the act and defend her, BIG-TIME, NOW. They need to read the riot act to the RINOs—tell them that RINOism ruined McCain and they better admit it now or the same self-delusion will kill Republicans the next time.
Romney needs to work with Palin and Jindal and Congressional Conservatives to prove his bona fides; if it’s his people who are behind the Palin-bashing he needs to put a stop to it. He has no chance of any role if he lets this continue. He can’t succeed by muscling her aside. The struggle is between RINOs and conservatives and there’s no place in the middle between them. If he lets his people bash her, then his only strength lies with the RINOs and he has too many competitors for king of the hill among them to lead the party from that side of things. And I would assume he’s smart enough to know that. He gains nothing by trying to kneecap Palin.
Therefore, I want some hard evidence that the Palin bashing is coming from Romney before I take it as gospel truth. The Romney haters in the party are also capable of disseminating disinformation. Can we say H-u-c-k-a-b-e-e? There are other people who gain by trying to shove Palin out of the way. Run down the entire cui bono list first before believing every anonymous explanation of just who is pulling which strings behind the scenes.
If the leadership of the Republican Party cannot take the pulse of this past election cycle and see/feel/get a handle on how Sarah Palin brought life, energy, substance, hope, enthusiasm, then they are no leaders to be followed. They are tone-deaf.
They got exactly the candidate they wanted. They got exactly the party platform they wanted. The campaign was run exactly the way they insisted it be run.
How'd that end up working out for us, again...?
They actually managed to lose to a one-term Senate Marxist with open and unapologetic terrorist ties. The ONLY thing I want to hear from Team McCain or any of its shrill little online apologists, from this day forward, is a meek and contrite: "We're sorry."
They have nothing else worthwhile what. so. EVER. to contribute to any meaningful discussion, re: either conservatism or winning electoral strategies.
If you get a hold of a real person, could you let us know what they say? If not for Sarah Palin, the hundreds of thousands of people simply would not have come to John McCain’s rallies. Nobody would have listened to another word, and he would have lost by a greater number than he did.
I was undecided as to whether I would even vote prior to
Palin getting the VP nod. I sent the campaign money twice, something I’ve never done before.
The dims and MSM are going to try to destroy her to prevent her from 2012. They see how effective she was/is.
Think of how hard it has been these past few months defending a vote for John McCain (I’m not talking about defending a vote against Obama now)! When the “Washington Stunt” played itself out, you couldn’t help but think, “Yeah, he really missed a chance there!” That is what was wrong. Tone-Deafness! He had the chance to put his whole pile of chips on the table (given the sudden thrust of the life-or-death nature of the financial crisis that swooped down upon us all), demonstrate his (reputed) outstanding quality of being “The Maverick” and his knees buckled.
Game. Set. Match. His own words condemned him.
Circular Firing Squad time.
Folks, it was the GWB economy that sunk the Republicans this time. And all that spending on an unnecessary war in Iraq. And the weak dollar and deficit spending.
Now everyone go back to bed.
OK Mr. McCain. Name names. You said you would.
My wife was a Romneybot even after the primaries. She really liked Gov Palin though. Now she’s upset that it seems to be Romney people trashing Palin. The Mitts are off!
McCain is only happy when he is destroying conservatives. Do not doubt that this comes from the very top of the McCain campaign.
El Juan McCain de Amnestio will be 0bama’s lap doq in the Senate more than anyone else over the next two years.
He would have to name himself. McCain is behind the trashing of Sarah Palin. He needs it to save his image.
RINOS will never admit they are wrong or wrong for the GOP. Look at McCain and Huck when they stuck their fingers in our eyes so many times. Get rid of all RINOS.
We both appear to be married to the exact same woman. (... is that even legal...?) ;)