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Palin E-mails Show Infighting With Staff
CBS News ^ | July 1, 2009 | Scott Conroy & Susshannah Walshe

Posted on 07/01/2009 5:51:41 PM PDT by Al B.

Internal campaign e-mails exchanged three weeks before Election Day offer a rare look at just how frustrated then Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin had become with the manner in which top McCain campaign aides were handling her candidacy. The e-mails, obtained exclusively, also highlight the power struggle and thinly veiled acrimony that pervaded the relationship between Palin and the campaign's chief strategist, Steve Schmidt.

The episode in question began when an investigative report published on the left-leaning Web site Salon.com raised questions about Palin's relationship with members of the Alaska Independence Party (AIP) when she was mayor of Wasilla. The AIP's platform calls for a vote giving Alaskans the option to secede from the United States. It had already been widely known that Todd Palin was a registered member of the AIP from 1995 to 2002 and that Governor Palin had taped a recorded greeting at the party's 2008 convention.

On the morning of Oct. 15, Palin was aboard her campaign jet and en route to New Hampshire when she happened to catch a disparaging CNN segment that touted the Salon.com story, complete with a provocative graphic at the bottom of the screen reading, "THE PALINS AND THE FRINGE."

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KEYWORDS: cbsnews; gop; nicollewallace; palin; romneybot; romneybots; romneyhatespalin; steveschmidt; waronsarah
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Now they're leaking emails Gov. Palin sent during the campaign. They're trying to take her out right now.

I think it may get even uglier real soon.

1 posted on 07/01/2009 5:51:41 PM PDT by Al B.
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To: Al B.
This woman has my vote whenever I have the option.

Lib's hate her thus she has some serious potential politically! : - D

2 posted on 07/01/2009 5:54:28 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Al B.

Palin must have been frustrated that she was brighter than McKennedy and the sum of his entire staff.

Of course, let’s also bring blame on the millions of repub IDIOTS that voted for McKennedy. Good grief, the idiot’s a dimb-bulb-crat. The main diff between McCain and Kennedy is at least all of McCain’s female associates are still alive.


3 posted on 07/01/2009 5:54:46 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Al B.
"...highlight the power struggle and thinly veiled acrimony that pervaded the relationship between Palin and the campaign's chief strategist, Steve Schmidt..."

Ya know...a WORTHLESS no-load who ran such a CRAPPY campaign which gave us who we have in the White House today is going to have a lot of trouble convincing me he is either RIGHT about ANYTHING or UNDESERVING of any MALEDICTION I can deliver.

4 posted on 07/01/2009 5:55:08 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: Da Coyote

And lets not forget to pile heaps of blame on the IDIOTS who DIDN’T vote for McCain who simply greased the slides for our country’s journey to the crapper.

As crappy as McCain was, he would not have accomplished this much damage in such a short time.

So let’s not forget to heap blame on ALL the IDIOTS who deserve it too, okay?


5 posted on 07/01/2009 5:58:45 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: Al B.
thinly veiled acrimony that pervaded the relationship between Palin and the campaign's chief strategist, Steve Schmidt.

Thinly veiled acrimony my @$$! McLame's people were afraid of Palin's appeal casting a giant shadow over their jet jockey. The problem with this moron Steve Schmidt is that every other letter in his last name is camoflage to disguise his real name.

6 posted on 07/01/2009 6:01:54 PM PDT by RoadKingSE (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash ?)
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To: rlmorel; All

“As crappy as McCain was, he would not have accomplished this much damage in such a short time.”

And that, my FRiends is his ONLY saving grace. ;)

Don’t blame me. I voted for Sarah. And I will again! And I’m thinking of taking a page from the ‘Rat Handbook...and voting for her as many d@mn times as I can get away with in the future, LOL! :)


7 posted on 07/01/2009 6:03:00 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Al B.

Sucession? In fighting with McCain’s lot? I’m liking Sarah even more, if that were possible.


8 posted on 07/01/2009 6:03:05 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism, it's the new black.)
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To: Al B.

this is what happened to newt during the 90’s


9 posted on 07/01/2009 6:03:48 PM PDT by ckilmer (Phi)
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To: RoadKingSE
"...every other letter in his last name is camoflage to disguise his real name..."

Very good! I had not heard that angle!

10 posted on 07/01/2009 6:03:55 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: Al B.
Who knows if this is true but assuming it is,

...frustrated then Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin had become with the manner in which top McCain campaign aides were handling her candidacy...

Next time she won't be playing second fiddle. It's her campaign to win or lose. My bet, she smokes them.

11 posted on 07/01/2009 6:05:25 PM PDT by McGruff (Secrecy is essential for the Fed to operate properly - Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke)
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To: Al B.

See my tagline. Been there since before the election...


12 posted on 07/01/2009 6:05:27 PM PDT by nralife (Sarah doesn't know it's a damn show! She thinks it's a damn fight!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Agreed. He was my commanding officer when I was in the USN for a short period of time so I give him respect for his sacrifice and service to his country.

As a politician, he is reprehensible, and as a conservative, well he isn’t and never has been.

But no matter how bad he was or is, he could not and would not have been able to humiliate our country as completely and effectively as Obama has in such a short time.


13 posted on 07/01/2009 6:07:00 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: Al B.

I believe that a Pub is Behind this. Who benefits most? Romney?


14 posted on 07/01/2009 6:08:50 PM PDT by golfisnr1
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To: Al B.

For what its worth, the astute and active voter will pick up on this. There will be a backlash to this take down and people who would not actively suppoer her will begin to support her in the public domain.


15 posted on 07/01/2009 6:09:59 PM PDT by Bruinator (It's the Media.............Stupid)
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To: McGruff; Al B.

You know what really made me sit up and take notice of her? When the McCain campaign pulled out of Michigan and gave it up as a lost cause, she wanted to go try, and loudly said so.

She has gumption.


16 posted on 07/01/2009 6:10:05 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: Al B.

OOOOHHHHH Palin sent an e-mail asking McCain staffers to defend her husband! The nerve! Doesn’t she know she should be a good little Stepford wife and let the men handle it?! /s


17 posted on 07/01/2009 6:11:13 PM PDT by Redgirl
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To: rlmorel

Yep. We’re starting into month SIX. Six short months, and the damage to date is beyond tragic.

Good Lord, I don’t know if I’ll survive another three and a half YEARS of this cr@p.


18 posted on 07/01/2009 6:11:37 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Al B.

bookmark


19 posted on 07/01/2009 6:12:18 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Al B.

Sounds like she was asking the staff to act like they wanted to win. We both know they didn’t care as much as about what they could make in their next gig.


20 posted on 07/01/2009 6:13:46 PM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find!)
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To: RoadKingSE
The problem with this moron Steve Schmidt is that every other letter in his last name is camoflage to disguise his real name.

ROFLMAO!

21 posted on 07/01/2009 6:13:54 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Al B.

Considering the way they are acting right now I honestly don’t care what she said to them.

I really hate everyone in Washington right now.


22 posted on 07/01/2009 6:14:11 PM PDT by redk
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To: Al B.

Dirty tricks often backfire.


23 posted on 07/01/2009 6:14:50 PM PDT by Pistolshot (The Soap-box, The Ballot-box, The Jury-box, And The Cartridge-Box ...we are past 2 of them.)
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To: Al B.

OK. Reading this story....I’m with Sarah. Even more convinced that McCain’s campaign was run by nincompoops


24 posted on 07/01/2009 6:15:26 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (Boehner Baby!!!)
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To: Al B.

McCain lost because the economy went in the tank. Simple as that. But having said that, his campaign was still in most respects bad.


25 posted on 07/01/2009 6:19:20 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The Democrats have returned to their game of supporting totalitarian regimes. Now they're muslim.)
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To: rlmorel
I am a little bit neutral on Palin, I like her but I want to see her toast Gibson and a few other “reporters”. the best way for her to do this is to put them ill at ease, running down an Ice road with them sitting next to her with brown spots in their pants. Watching palin’s husband snowmobile race with hollowing winds and -20 temps, or out on the sea in a fishing boat with the waves and wind all but turning the ship inside out. She really does have to do better at out running the big dog reporters....I think she can do it and I defend her while she tries, see my post about her getting the sitting duck award...We can't do it for her she has to do it like when she stuffed Letterman...
26 posted on 07/01/2009 6:20:56 PM PDT by carcraft (Pray for our Country)
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To: Al B.

If the left thinks that email is “an issue” then their are just plain nutz! Oh Heck, They are nutz what am I saying.


27 posted on 07/01/2009 6:21:12 PM PDT by blueyon (It is worth taking a stand even if you are standing alone!)
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To: Al B.

If CBS had ever put this kind of effort into vetting Obama, I believe we’d have a different president today.


28 posted on 07/01/2009 6:21:26 PM PDT by squidly
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To: Al B.

What’s the old adage? He who looks best in a story is the leaker.


29 posted on 07/01/2009 6:24:25 PM PDT by kenavi (Want a real stimulus? Drill!)
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To: mockingbyrd

Nincompoops had more brains than the Mclame campaign. It was awful here in Florida. Multiple trips to Miami and none to broward or Palm Beach, fights for volunteers to be poll watchers and in the precincts that mattered, it was horrible.

Sarah earned her time. I am behind her 100%. The others need to go lick their wounds in private and leave her out of it. Clearly they did not ask for her imput. Don’t blame the bloodletting on Sarah...that is all for McLame to own.


30 posted on 07/01/2009 6:27:00 PM PDT by lovesdogs (I will die on my feet if it is God's will. But I will not live on my knees for any man.)
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To: kenavi

Lookie, Lookie.

Hey Steve Schmidt. Your career is over you worthless piece of trash.


31 posted on 07/01/2009 6:27:35 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Palin 2012)
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To: Al B.

She’s the one person that mainstream media & demoncRATS are scared poopless. Therefore, they’re going to trash her as much as possible to keep that fear alive.


32 posted on 07/01/2009 6:31:19 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Al B.

It does show how parochial Schmidt is. No state has as much of its terrritory controlled by the Federal government, thereby so limiting the resources of the state to a degree. The Party that Todd Palin belonged to is a protest party, a “white version” of La Raza. Recall how bent out of shape people got when Gov. Rick Perry half-seriously dropped the word “secession.” Texas also has a fedeling of separate identity not felt by
“consoldidated. “ states such as New York. Rootless guys like Schmidt(or McCain) have no concept of “states rights.” and they don’t understand how people from such “backward” places as Alaska could take such pride in their home states.


33 posted on 07/01/2009 6:32:27 PM PDT by RobbyS (ECCE homo)
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To: Al B.

If this is the best Schmidt has, then Palin has nothing to worry about. Oh, and I’m positive that she has kept every one of her emails she wrote and was sent during the campaign, too, so Schmidt better hope he hasn’t written anything incriminating that just might get accidentally leaked.


34 posted on 07/01/2009 6:42:11 PM PDT by nomoremods
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To: Al B.
I understand that they see Sarah Palin as their number one threat, but the election was last year and the 2010 and 2012 elections are a long way away. Why is this coming out now? I suppose they want to keep dropping negative stories about Palin and family to keep her negatives fresh in the thoughts of voters, but what if there is something else going on? obama has a LOT of negatives in the works right now as well. Do the media see/know about something that we don't know just yet?
35 posted on 07/01/2009 6:46:18 PM PDT by GBA
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To: Al B.

A. No CBS until Letterman and Couric are gone.

B. Where do I sign up to work for Palin?


36 posted on 07/01/2009 6:48:31 PM PDT by SouthWall (Obama. The Jimmt Carter of the bew century. 2/27/09)
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To: GBA

It’s called a pre-emptive strategy-basically don’t let her campaign get off the ground.

From 1976-1980 Carter and his team felt that the nomination of Reagan would give them the least problem. And we know what happened there.

Obama and Axelrod and their minions are determined not to make the same mistake twice-thus the daily effort to marginalize and destroy Sarah Palin.


37 posted on 07/01/2009 6:49:47 PM PDT by techno
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To: rlmorel
Agreed. Politician/Senator McCain sucks, no question, but President McCain would have had competent people around him and either they or he would have been pushing policies to move us away from the direction we're heading in now.

For example, there is NO WAY Sotomayor would be the SC nominee in waiting, NK wouldn't be f'ing with us with their July 4th threat and it took McCain's response to get obama to come up with his own condemnation of Iran's actions.

McCain is no obama and sadly for us, obama isn't as good as McCain.

38 posted on 07/01/2009 6:58:09 PM PDT by GBA
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To: GBA

I want to laugh, but saying someone is better than Obama is “Damning with Faint Praise”!

I still cannot believe our country elected him. Just cannot get my head around that.


39 posted on 07/01/2009 7:05:07 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: techno
Obama and Axelrod and their minions are determined not to make the same mistake twice-thus the daily effort to marginalize and destroy Sarah Palin.

Well they've been at it now for what, 10 months? Hasn't worked yet.

What concerned me about this article is that it seems to be a ratcheting up of the campaign to take her down. They're leaking the internal campaign emails of a candidate for VP, for crying out loud. That's certainly a new one on me.

These people are capable of anything....anything.

40 posted on 07/01/2009 7:05:27 PM PDT by Al B.
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To: carcraft

Gov. Palin just did two live unedited interviews about two weeks ago. One was with Matt Lauer of NBC and on the same day on CNN w/ Wolf Blitzer. Gov. Palin smoke Lauer and did a excellent job on the other one. The subjects were Her gas line and Letterman and O policies.


41 posted on 07/01/2009 7:05:43 PM PDT by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin: "I told you so")
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To: rlmorel

And can you imagine how she’ll perform when she’s not suffering from post-partum depression?


42 posted on 07/01/2009 7:07:03 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Competent small-government conservative = close enough for government work)
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To: Al B.

They have really declared war on her. This is incredible.


43 posted on 07/01/2009 7:07:32 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Oztrich Boy
This was a Photoshop I did of Palin talking with President Uribe of Columbia...:)


44 posted on 07/01/2009 7:11:38 PM PDT by rlmorel ("The Road to Serfdom" by F.A.Hayek - Read it...today.)
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To: Al B.

This is all about the entrenched, DC oligarchy seeking to destroy an outsider whom they perceive as a threat to the machinery. Those who seek to draw a distinction between the two parties -— on this particular issue they are in lockstep. The establishment in both parties want to keep the party going for themselves.

They’re both a cancer and I don’t care what the GOP apologists say.


45 posted on 07/01/2009 7:13:51 PM PDT by wolf24 ("Why can't I just eat my waffle?")
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To: Al B.; SolidWood; SoCalPol

Yet another hit on Governor Palin. Schmidt went and dug up all the old emails and is now releasing them to try and hurt her. He’s a scumbag of the lowest sort.


46 posted on 07/01/2009 7:20:55 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Al B.

I understand your concern about internal e-mails. I don’t know if you remember right after the election the interviews Gov. Palin gave but she eluded to most of the mishandling but would not name names. Well now we know.


47 posted on 07/01/2009 7:21:46 PM PDT by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin: "I told you so")
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To: Al B.

Yep, they’re obviously escalating the campaign to knock Governor Palin down and Schmidt is involved up to his eyeballs.


48 posted on 07/01/2009 7:25:59 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Al B.

What I saw in the e-mails was minor quibbling that I’m sure was pretty mild compared to what must go on in many campaigns.

If this is the best they’ve got - then they’ve got nuthin’


49 posted on 07/01/2009 7:26:17 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Al B.
Palin was right. The campaign didn't effectively handle it.

David Axelrod and his boy Ethan Winner were astroturfing the lie that Palin was a secessionist. They should have been taken to the woodshed.

Not that CBS News would do anything to enlighten the public.

50 posted on 07/01/2009 7:27:05 PM PDT by GVnana
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