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McCain Aides Attack Sarah Palin: Scapegoating Sarah Palin
DBKP ^ | November 6, 2008 | Mondo

Posted on 11/06/2008 5:06:11 PM PST by mondoreb

The McCain Campaign:
Mistakes, But Hampered Ultimately By Both the Candidate and his Campaign Advisers--Not by Sarah Palin

McCain Campaign is Responsible for McCain's Defeat

McCain-Palin

Palin Was Attacked from the Inside from Almost the Moment She gave the McCain Campaign their First Realistic Chance at Victory

The McCain Campaign Unnamed Aides vs. Sarah Palin


UPDATES at end of post.


FROM GOSSIP TO GOSPEL

The McCain campaign made some shrewd moves, but it also was guilty of some moves that ultimately doomed its unlikely candidate--with the most momentous misstep coming from John McCain himself.

Like any losing campaign, those in charge of the campaign seek to lay the blame for losing on factors beyond their control. In this regard, the long knives came out from various unnamed aides and advisers in the McCain campaign, who are anxious to run from their responsibility for the Election 2008 loss.

Most of those knives appear to have Sarah Palin's name on them--and they were unsheathed before the race for the presidency was even over.

In what can be most charitably described as "resume-polishing", various aides in the John McCain campaign have continued their practice of leaking uncomplimentary "anecdotal" information detrimental to Sarah Palin.

Understand: these "aides", "advisers" and "sources" from "within the McCain campaign", as they're labeled, bear much responsibility for a campaign that, like its candidate, was somewhat unconventional and ultimately failed to win McCain the presidency.

These staffers--most of whom will soon be in the job-hunting market--apparently feel that there's a wider market for an aide from a losing campaign that was sabotaged from within. Stories of an "uncooperative" VP pick inoculates them against any bad decisions made by such "aides" and "advisers".

These aides-gone-rogue merely have to pick up their cellphone or hit "send" on their email--anonymously, by the way--and a waiting press eagerly elevates such grousing and sour grapes from gossip to gospel.


THE McCAIN CAMPAIGN

There is much for which the McCain campaign can be proud.

That being said, John McCain was a Republican candidate that the New York Times could love--and indeed, the NYT did endorse the Arizona Senator in the primary election. Of course, after the election, the NYT and the rest of the Mainstream Media deserted McCain, just as many predicted would happen.

Where is the anti-Palin leaks coming from? And why?

Continue reading: McCain Aides Attack Sarah Palin: Scapegoating Sarah Palin


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KEYWORDS: aides; attacks; johnmccain; sarahpalin
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Election 2008 will be remembered as a year in which the losing campaign’s aides and advisers acted like losers–with the leaking of anti-Palin gossip months before the election took place–from almost the very moment that John McCain’s pick of Sarah Palin gave them a realistic chance to hope for victory.
1 posted on 11/06/2008 5:06:12 PM PST by mondoreb
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To: mondoreb

I’ve changed my tag line for the first time in months-A la ‘Spartacus’.Trashing and assassinating her is doing the same to all regular citizens who dare to live by and maintain principles and ideas not approved by the elite, beltway -media complex.


2 posted on 11/06/2008 5:07:08 PM PST by Carl LaFong (I'm Sarah Palin)
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To: mondoreb

Anybody hear the Penguin taking up for his running mate??? I did not think so.


3 posted on 11/06/2008 5:07:57 PM PST by screaminsunshine
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To: mondoreb

Glad I did not vote for this incompetent RINO team. I don’t know what good it is to have a scapegoat since they are pretty much done anyway. Having this campaign on your resume is not much of a winner no matter who gets scapegoated.


4 posted on 11/06/2008 5:08:36 PM PST by Arkinsaw
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To: mondoreb

“unnamed sources”... scum of the earth.

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5 posted on 11/06/2008 5:08:47 PM PST by ataDude
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To: mondoreb

Its coming from the leftest ion the Mc cain camp they want her to just go away in shame and never be heard from again she scares them


6 posted on 11/06/2008 5:09:21 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom Honkeys for Mc Cain Palin)
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To: mondoreb
Whatever.

It changes nothing.

We must deal with reality.

Barack Hussein Obama will take the Oath of Office in January.

We can look forward all we want.

Or deal with reality.

7 posted on 11/06/2008 5:09:25 PM PST by KittenClaws
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To: mondoreb
Dollars to donuts these "McCain Aides" are all ROMNEYBOTS.


Romney and his minions are behind all of this.
8 posted on 11/06/2008 5:09:50 PM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("I love democracy. I love Free Republic")
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To: mondoreb

Screw McCain and his pussy staff. Palin has bigger stones than any of them.


9 posted on 11/06/2008 5:10:00 PM PST by mortal19440
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To: mondoreb
Laura Ingraham skewering the nameless scum leaking this crap about Sarah Palin on O'Reilly Factor.

Personally, I want the names of these gutless losers revealed.

10 posted on 11/06/2008 5:11:26 PM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: mondoreb

C’mon McCain, show some grace. And courage.

Get out there and defend her. She soldiered for you, dangit. And brought me on board along with millions of others.

The least you can do is put all these backstabbers to shame with something every military officer learns to say: I take responsibility for this outcome.

Simple as that.

Say it.


11 posted on 11/06/2008 5:11:55 PM PST by StAntKnee (Why'dja say I was a community organizer? You know how I always wanted to pretend I was a soldier.)
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To: mondoreb
Gosh, couldn’t possibly be McCain's fault because then all the advisers he hired couldn't get hired in 2 years for the mid-terms.
12 posted on 11/06/2008 5:12:06 PM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President)
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To: al baby
she scares them

She scares all liberals. ...especially the Republican variety.

14 posted on 11/06/2008 5:13:17 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: steelyourfaith
Laura Ingraham skewering the nameless scum leaking this crap about Sarah Palin on O'Reilly Factor.

Well there's two people who have no room to talk,especially Laura. She was on O'Reilly a night or two before the election talking like someone just shot her dog. O'Reilly wasn't any help either, although I never expected him to be.

15 posted on 11/06/2008 5:14:19 PM PST by tsmith130
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To: StAntKnee

StAntKnee is changing his tagline from . . .

Why’dja say I was a community organizer? You know how I always wanted to pretend I was a soldier.

TO: Pray for our military. Look who’s CIC. And I thought Jimmy Carter was bad.


16 posted on 11/06/2008 5:14:31 PM PST by StAntKnee (Pray for our military. Look who's CIC. And I thought Jimmy Carter was bad.)
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To: John McGone

She defended your loser butt.
Where are you?


17 posted on 11/06/2008 5:16:43 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: The_Republican

WTF are you talking about?


18 posted on 11/06/2008 5:17:06 PM PST by Carl LaFong (I'm Sarah Palin)
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To: mondoreb

Palin was the best move McCain made, she will be up again.
I thought that Lieberman would bring more to the campaign and he will probably survive.
The worst move McCain made was to drag that lousy little SC Lindsey Graham all over the place. He contributed nothing to the campaign and doesn’t deserve to hold office anywhere.


19 posted on 11/06/2008 5:18:51 PM PST by AMNZ
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To: Arkinsaw

yeah having Obama is much better. whew that was close


20 posted on 11/06/2008 5:19:24 PM PST by driftdiver (No More Obama! - The corruption has not changed despite all our hopes.)
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To: StAntKnee

I agree 100%.

McCain could be defending her, but that would be asking too much. McCain’s “Maverick” label only gets publicity when he attacks conservatives.

Sarah Palin was the only reason I showed up for any McCain rallies. She was the only reason I got behind McCain.

And the news—later in the post—that most of this is coming from Romney staff in the McCain campaign makes me determined that I will oppose Romney in 2012 and before.

Romney’s behavior toward campaigning for the ticket was cowardly.


21 posted on 11/06/2008 5:21:53 PM PST by mondoreb (Proud to be "half-baked".)
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To: KittenClaws
"Barack Hussein Obama will take the Oath of Office in January"

That's not a given. You can't predict the future.


22 posted on 11/06/2008 5:22:02 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: screaminsunshine
"Anybody hear the Penguin taking up for his running mate??? I did not think so."

It's too late. The weakling McCain should have come out with a vigorous denunciation of this low-life smear. At the very least McCain has tacitly approved this political hit job.

I never did like McCain's politics. The top of the ticket was a choice between bad and worse, and I voted for bad, although it was made more palatable because of Sarah Palin.

23 posted on 11/06/2008 5:23:08 PM PST by steelyourfaith
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To: The_Republican
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24 posted on 11/06/2008 5:24:31 PM PST by Sister_T (Okay. We Lost. Dress our wounds. Pitch conservatism and LEAVE THE GOP!!!)
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To: mondoreb

McCain/Palin: AZ 54% AK 62%


25 posted on 11/06/2008 5:25:55 PM PST by SwinneySwitch (Palin - beyond your expectations.)
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To: tsmith130

I agree with you on Ingraham. One day she’s yucking it up with Matthews, next day she’s covering for her pal Noonan, then the next day she’s polishing Major Garret’s knob on his great election coverage.

She’s the one who needs an intervention.


26 posted on 11/06/2008 5:27:26 PM PST by Doug TX
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To: mondoreb

“Romney’s behavior toward campaigning for the ticket was cowardly.”

Stealthy, too. Never saw his mug out there making noise, never heard him on the talkies. Huckabee, whom I never thought much of, was at least making some noise on occasion.

Very revealing insight about the Mittster. You now have a convert. I will oppose him, too.

Thanks.


27 posted on 11/06/2008 5:27:36 PM PST by StAntKnee (Pray for our military. Look who's CIC. And I thought Jimmy Carter was bad.)
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To: I see my hands

I had a question today.

If something (God forgive! I in no way would wish anything to happen to that good man) should happen to Obama before the Oath of Office was taken...

Would that mean Special Election?

I mean, Biden could not take it, because Obama/Biden were never sworn in...


28 posted on 11/06/2008 5:27:50 PM PST by KittenClaws
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To: The_Republican

Make no mistake, she brought him back to life.

Me thinks McCain’s smarmy, slimy dealings with Huckabee in the WV caucus came back to bite him. Karma is a biatch.

We could use Romney right about now. It’s the economy, stoopid!


29 posted on 11/06/2008 5:29:04 PM PST by Kodie39 (McCain/Palin '08)
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To: I see my hands
That's unfair!!

McCain is no coward! He's got guts and has proved it.

The question is whether he has honor.

30 posted on 11/06/2008 5:29:26 PM PST by sionnsar (Iran Azadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY)|http://trad-anglican.faithweb.com/|RCongressIn2Years)
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To: StAntKnee
This is a pretty straightforward response. Reasons we lost.

#1 Sarah was a WOMAN who lacked experience (notice in the case of BO it does not matter)

#2 Mac was too weak. He had the right creds but lacked the spunk of Reagan, Palin etc.

#3 Things were not functioning well in govt. The war was underfunded. Govt was expanding and spending was out of control.

#4 The economy tanked(and was heading downhill for some time). Economy and fear were the biggest factors as was terrorism in the previous two elections.

#5 Clearly the war in Iraq was something the majority of people did not support. Im not saying they were correct because the media manipulated their perceptions just in time for the election.

#6 Pelosi et al did a complete hatchet job on Bush in preparation for this election. It was very well orchestrated and widely participated in by all Demorats.

#7 Republican lack of message. The Democrats had their message, the economy, look what Bush did etc., even though they had a huge hand in it. Republicans need to refine their message. Mac wasnt so great at this. It did not have mass appeal.

#8 Some of this changing of the tide is cyclical. It just happens over time that people want a change. Unfortunately this type of Communistic change is doomed to fail.

31 posted on 11/06/2008 5:30:05 PM PST by Lady GOP
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To: Mr. Mojo

There is ONE rule we should NEVER forget-—Liberal Republicans-—LOSE!

The only saving grace McCain had was Sarah Palin.


32 posted on 11/06/2008 5:30:19 PM PST by southernerwithanattitude ({new and improved redneck})
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To: Mr. Mojo

I believe they are concerned about the real possibility of her replacing Stevens in the Senate. John I have cotton balls in my mouth McLame is silent, and that is all I need to know.


33 posted on 11/06/2008 5:31:15 PM PST by taketheredpill
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To: mondoreb
A lot of you people are gettin’ played.

These are FALSE, unsourced rumors via that twit, Carl Cameron.

It's Obama operatives employing a combo-hit of Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals, #12 & #5.

This is a DIVIDE & CONQUER tactic.

Don't be suckered.

34 posted on 11/06/2008 5:31:39 PM PST by Cedric
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To: mortal19440
Screw McCain and his pussy staff. Palin has bigger stones than any of them.

Well said!

Clap..clap..clap!!!

35 posted on 11/06/2008 5:33:34 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
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To: Mr. Mojo

She scares me too but in a good way


36 posted on 11/06/2008 5:34:30 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom Honkeys for Mc Cain Palin)
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To: mondoreb
This disgusts me. Juan McCain: the face of death of the Republican Party.

Governor Palin needs to respond and distance herself from these accusations, McCain and the party NOW.

37 posted on 11/06/2008 5:34:56 PM PST by LiberConservative (Obama voter: "We gonna get PAID!!!!")
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To: Arkinsaw

you know for being an old timer you sure do have pelosi for brains thanks a million


38 posted on 11/06/2008 5:36:24 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom Honkeys for Mc Cain Palin)
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To: KittenClaws

If something (God forgive! I in no way would wish anything to happen to that good man) should happen to Obama before the Oath of Office was taken...


Check Amendment XX to the Constitution......


39 posted on 11/06/2008 5:36:59 PM PST by deport ( ----Cue Spooky Music---)
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To: Cedric

Cedric...you’re wrong. Big time cynical skeptic here.

No one from the McCain campaign including McCain is coming forward to defend Palin and shut this crap down. That’s all you need to know that the destructive rumors are coming from McCain and his operatives. That’s my short answer.


40 posted on 11/06/2008 5:38:08 PM PST by Doug TX
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To: All; steelyourfaith

Operation Leper
Posted by: Erick Erickson
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 at 10:43PM CST

RedState is pleased to announce it is engaging in a special project: Operation Leper.

We’re tracking down all the people from the McCain campaign now whispering smears against Governor Palin to Carl Cameron and others. Michelle Malkin has the details.
We intend to constantly remind the base about these people, monitor who they are working for, and, when 2012 rolls around, see which candidates hire them. Naturally then, you’ll see us go to war against those candidates.

It is our expressed intention to make these few people political lepers.

They’ll just have to be stuck at CBS with Katie’s failed ratings.

Initial list:

Nicolle Wallace
Steve Schmidt
Mark McKinnon

excerpt http://www.redstate.com/


41 posted on 11/06/2008 5:38:15 PM PST by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: sionnsar
Simpson was probably a good husband for a period. Where are they now?

42 posted on 11/06/2008 5:39:28 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: The_Republican

Are you actually contending that McCain was a better candidate than Sarah?


43 posted on 11/06/2008 5:39:53 PM PST by TheFourthMagi
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To: deport

So we get hillary biden ? or Biden hillary


44 posted on 11/06/2008 5:39:56 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom Honkeys for Mc Cain Palin)
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To: Mr. Mojo
She scares all liberals. ...especially the Republican variety.

DING...DING...DING

another Winner!

Thank you

45 posted on 11/06/2008 5:39:56 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
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To: mondoreb
Fight Back, Join Operation Freep Palin
46 posted on 11/06/2008 5:40:01 PM PST by mnehring
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To: deport

Could you post it?

Can’t find the ole’ pocket Constitution. And others may be interested.


47 posted on 11/06/2008 5:40:15 PM PST by KittenClaws
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To: Lady GOP

Very smart post.

I’m thinking hard about no. 1. (She’s a WOMAN and inexperienced). I’m a show-me guy, but the moment I saw her resume (and even before I saw her face) I was in love with this Gov. Palin. She made me hopeful. I’m thinking that with her resume, had she been anywhere on the other side of the aisle, she would have been celebrated. Heck, my 25-year-old daughter who manages a Victoria’s Secret store has a better leadership resume than Obama, now the CIC (Shudder and see my tagline). The disgrace of this election is the trashing of a professional, dignified woman and her family and the denigration of the governor of a western state.

Anybody McCain had selected as his wingman would’ve been trashed by the opposition, but the way the press became, not merely enablers but active participants, is a full-blown disgrace.

It wasn’t because it was a woman, but because they decided to trash a GOP woman. Something that’d be a hate crime if done to, say, Michelle O.

Which reminds me (rambling on alert), you did notice that she became stealth wife until after the election. Now that America has been conditioned to believe it’s okay to trash a woman, wait till they get a load of that woman day in and day out. Especially if she wears dresses that look like she just wore to slaughter a hog on the dining room table.


48 posted on 11/06/2008 5:43:36 PM PST by StAntKnee (Pray for our military. Look who's CIC. And I thought Jimmy Carter was bad.)
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To: Cedric

Are you professing that the Republican Party is in fact ideologically unified?


49 posted on 11/06/2008 5:44:13 PM PST by TheFourthMagi
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To: KittenClaws

so hussein is a “good man” huh? please fill us all in on just what you find is ANY good about him noob.


50 posted on 11/06/2008 5:46:10 PM PST by bobby.223
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