Skip to comments.Shame on John McCain for Not Defending Sarah Palin
Posted on 11/12/2008 3:56:09 AM PST by RobinMasters
After every failed campaign, the losers analyze the defeat with the hope of discovering What Went Wrong so the mistakes arent repeated. Its a process that is absolutely necessary in order to learn and succeed in the future.
When the controversy started swirling before the voting had even commenced, mostly from moderate, ostensibly intellectual corners, the criticism seemed self-serving at worst and ill-timed at best. Many writers discredited themselves. Far from being foresighted (a blind man could see the direction the McCain campaign was going), they showed themselves to be opportunists with little restraint or moral courage in the face of almost certain defeat. Rather than do what they could to possibly stop the stampede, they spooked the horses.
That was two weeks ago. Today, its time for rigorous examination and assessment. And boy, are the McCain staffers, unchecked by John McCain, assessing. Here are some of their conclusions: They have decided that rather than specific failed policies (can anyone, anywhere, to this day articulate McCains plans for the economy?) or strategies (Mr. Nice Guy) or leadership (running around like a headless chicken and suspending the campaign to participate in doomed negotiations), the real problem was Sarah Palin. No rigorous self-examination. Instead, they did what the least savory sorts do: find a scapegoat.
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I understand he did defend her on Leno last night.
The man can and will not defend conservatives from the liberals he so loves.
BUMPED for The Truth!!!
He defended Obama being a fine president despite his associations than defending Palin.
IMHO, Fred Thompson, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Guiliani, and the GOP women leaders at the RNC defended Sarah better.
I’d bet the farm she could take obamma lamma ding dong in a fair fight.
McLame is s howing his true colors ... and why he should have NEVER been the nominee
THis surprises you? Why?
John McCain is a spineless man with serious character flaws. All of his heroic service for his Country aside, he has absolutely nothing going for him. He can look to his “Gang of 16” and the MSM for fawning all over him to boost his ego. The man is an embarassment to the Republican Party. He is the biggest RINO of all time.
If Obama fought fair.....he doesn’t.
Forget fighting fair. If Gov. Palin wants to become President Palin in 2013, then she's going to have to fight a ruthless, merciless, determined and focused campaign. We all saw how Hussein squirmed when Hillary campaigned like that against him near the end of the primary season. If Gov. Palin campaigned that way against Hussein's future record of absolute failure as a leader, she'd have no problem winning. This was the same strategy that Reagan used in 1980.
The only major mistake Gov. Palin could make would be to presume that she'd be the nominee in 2012, similar to what Hillary did at the beginning of the primary season.
Last night on Leno, McCain heaped FAR more praise on Lieberman than Sarah Palin.
Oh for God’s sake! what is he supposed to do?
Go on a 24/7 “dont pick on Sarah” tour?
He had defended her over and over.
Sarah has to take the heat herself if she is to be taken seriously as a candidate in the future.
Who the hell backs a leader that cant defend themdelves?
Did he address the whispering campaign?
Who else thinks Cindy McCain is the attacker?
McCain did not deserve to have Governor Plain as his running mate. She worked tirelessly (three rallies a day, all over the map!) trying to pull his sorry carcass cross the finish line, and it is because of her, and ONLY because of her, that he got some 56,000,000 votes.
Though Saracuda is my only choice for 2012, you can bet the G.O.P. high ups don’t care to be upstaged by her. I look for G.O.P. leaders to try anything to keep her from getting the nod.
Can’t control her like so many other politicians.
She is not going to go along to get along
He could have stopped the backstabbing before it even started, and then once Carl Cameron spread all of that horse hooey around on Wednesday, he could have called a press conference and said:
"Governor Palin has done everything I have asked of her during the campaign, at tremendous sacrifice to herself and her family, and I have no regrets choosing her as my running mate. Moreover, all of the rumors and gossip flying around right now are patently false, and these "anonymous" sources allegedly from within my campaign are doing their country and party no justice by engaging in this kind of behavior. The fault for Tuesday's defeat is mine, and mine alone."
But McCain didn't do that.
This is not about Sarah Palin, it's about John McCain. For one so obsessed with conducting an honorable campaign, he seems quite ok with the dispicable treatment his people are giving Sarah Palin.
His 'defense' on Leno was pretty tepid and perfectly senatorial.
Washington, both Dems and Republicans, fear a real reformer. The powers that be have their pet projects, power, and prestige (or what passes for such within D.C.) and won't give it up willingly. They will bankrupt the country to hold onto power, as has been shown with the financial debacle of Fannie/Freddie.
Obama is perfect for that crowd since they know he is a phony reformer, having already bitten the corrupt apple of earmarks. He is one of them.
That is basically what he has said.
Harping on it and crying isn’t helpful.
When? And in what venue?
Yeah, but good luck getting a fair fight!
Join team Sarah at teamsarah.com. There are over 55,000 members now, and we are going to work to get her elected.
McCain even praised Todd saying he admired the mans moxie, that Todd had won a snow machine race finishing the final 200 mi with a broken arm.
He has said these things over and over if you care to hear it.
He said it last night again.
Bingo. Lots of people from both camps are salting the fields to stop Sarah in 2012 because they dont want her coming after their gravy train.
I watched her interview on FOX the last two nights, and she doesn't need anyone to defend her. She is obviously very comfortable in her own skin, and her own clothes!;)
Cindy crossed my mind, too, for a short time. I don’t think so, though.
Cindy really really really wants to be First Lady. She’s not stupid. She knows that Sarah was the only factor in the mix that gave hubby even the slightest chance of getting the presidency.
Let’s beat up Obama
I defended the dumb bit¢h... even though she drove away my moderate base with all that conservative yackety-yack!
He has the shame of losing an election to a fraud.It would be funny except for the seriousness of the times.Amnesty buried this idiot.
Is your hissy over?
L0L! I am not the whiner on this thread L0L
at times we are our own worst enemy:(
He did, but he didn’t go far enough. He should have condemned the annonymous sources and said whoever they are they should be banned from any future Republican campaigns.
Neither am I.
The reason he lost the election is as plain as the nose on your face.
SIMPLE...HE'S A RINO!!
“McLame is s howing his true colors”
He showed them the whole campaign...we just didn’t have another dog in the hunt so we had to hunt with what we had...pink and blue.
Thanks, I’ll do it.
Appreciate the info.
I have a feeling she can fight a little dirty too if she has to.
At least she has a set of nads.
Where as obammas shelf assed wife is the one with the nads in that family.
Well put. She can handle herself...and will need to.
People need to breathe and think - for good or ill, McCain was the best available presidential nominee for this cycle, and he made the best of a tough situation by rolling the dice on Palin, who has “future leader” written all over her.
No, they don’t agree on everything, but it takes sensible people on both sides of such a deal to spread the tent wide enough to team up make a win conceivable.
Disagreers (re: McCain) - name one actual, realistic candidate (Reagan doesn’t count!) who would’ve done better in this environment.
Palin will be a force in years to come - though wait and see on 2012....70% odds that The Empty Suit gets reelected, regardless who he runs against. Painful thought.
I do and another one is Lindsey Graham. Rush was about to name Lindsey on fridays show but stopped short saying he wasn't going to name names until he is positive.
There is no such thing as ‘fighting fair’, when you are in a fight, you fight to win, even if that means kicking your opponent in the proverbial grapes.