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  • Cheney walks back remark about Palin pick being ‘a mistake'

    08/06/2012 1:55:38 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 97 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 6, 2012
    Former vice president Dick Cheney on Monday backed off his comment that it was “a mistake” for the GOP to pick Sarah Palin as its vice presidential nominee, suggesting the comment was more about the VP process than about Palin herself. “It wasn’t aimed so much at governor Palin as it was against the basic process that (John) McCain used, “ Cheney told Fox News’s Sean Hannity in an interview airing Monday night. “My point basically dealt with the process in terms of that basic requirement: Is this person prepared to step in to be President of the United States...
  • K Street Republicans’ war on Palin

    07/31/2012 12:42:32 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | Tuesday July 31, 2012 | Rick Manning
    I’m getting sick of the rewriting of 2008 presidential campaign history as K Street Republicans continue to assault Sarah Palin in the fear that a similarly conservative Republican will rise to the top of the VP sweepstakes.   It has been so fashionable in D.C. Republican circles to bash the Palin nomination as a mistake, ill-conceived or even disastrous, that even Dick Chaney has gotten into the act.   These self-serving attempts to change history are nothing more than a smear campaign designed to influence the Romney VP pick by obscuring the truth that the choice of Sarah Palin to...
  • Gingrich’s VP Candidate Choices for Romney

    07/30/2012 7:49:02 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 101 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/27/2012 | Bruno J. Navarro
    Asked on Friday who he’d prefer to see as Mitt Romney’s running mate, three-time Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich offered an entire roster of would-be veep choices. “Well, I think the people who would do the best job is somebody like either Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, maybe Gov. Bobby Jindal,” he responded. “There are five or six people who each has the ability to be a good president and each of whom will help win the election and each of whom will broadly share the values that the Republican Party...
  • Liz Cheney Disagrees With Father On Palin, Calls Her ‘More Qualified Than Obama And Biden’

    07/30/2012 9:38:26 AM PDT · by kingattax · 89 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 29th, 2012 | Josh Feldman
    ABC News aired part of an exclusive interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney this morning, in which Cheney admitted that the choice of Sarah Palin for vice president in 2008 was a “mistake.” Liz Cheney took to Twitter to voice her disagreement with her father and her overwhelming support for Palin. Cheney has been very supportive of Palin since her 2008 nomination, and tweeted her dissent with her father earlier today, arguing that Palin is more qualified than the current president and vice president.
  • Liz Cheney Tweet: Palin more qualified than Obama and Biden combined

    07/29/2012 6:34:43 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 75 replies
    Twitter ^ | 07/29/2012 | Liz Cheney
    Rarely do I disagree with best VP ever but @SarahPalinUSA more qualified than Obama and Biden combined. Huge respect 4 all she's done 4 GOP.
  • Cheney: Palin pick in ’08 “a mistake”

    07/29/2012 9:49:25 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 199 replies
    Hot Air ^ | JULY 29, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    As we wait for Mitt Romney to pick his running mate in the next few weeks, the last successful GOP running mate has been privately advising the current GOP nominee and the head of his VP search committee, Beth Myers. Cheney believes that the #2 slot has to be filled with someone ready to take over the top job on Day 1 — and that John McCain flunked that test in 2008. In an interview with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Cheney called the selection of Sarah Palin “a mistake”:
  • Dick Cheney: Picking Sarah Palin for VP Was 'A Mistake'

    07/29/2012 7:38:46 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 439 replies
    Yahoo/ABC News ^ | Jonathan Karl
    Dick Cheney has some advice for Mitt Romney on choosing a running mate: Don't pick another Sarah Palin. In his first interview since receiving a heart transplant in March, Cheney told ABC News, that John McCain's decision to pick Palin as his running mate in 2008 was "a mistake" - one that it is important from Romney not to repeat. It's subject on which Cheney has some unique experience. He helped Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush lead their vice presidential searches and, of course, served as vice president for eight years. He's also privately offered some advice to...
  • Breaking: Former Presidential Candidate John Edwards Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

    06/03/2011 7:17:47 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 149 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03 JUNE 11
    <p>Breaking: Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Presidential Candidate John Edwards.</p>
  • McCain aide: Palin believed candidacy 'God's plan'

    01/10/2010 4:57:28 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 65 replies · 2,420+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 10, 2010
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Sarah Palin believed that Sen. John McCain chose her to be his running mate in 2008 because of "God's plan," according to a top political strategist in the Arizona Republican's campaign. In an interview with the CBS news magazine "60 Minutes," Steve Schmidt described Palin as "very calm—nonplussed" after McCain met with her at his Arizona ranch just before putting her on the Republican ticket. McCain had planned to name Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., as his vice presidential choice until word leaked, sparking what Schmidt called political blowback over picking the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee. Schmidt...
  • FLASHBACK;Biden's description of Obama draws scrutiny

    01/10/2010 2:10:28 PM PST · by mdittmar · 4 replies · 538+ views
    CNN Washington Bureau ^ | February 9, 2007 | Xuan Thai and Ted Barrett
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Joe Biden planned to spend Wednesday focusing on his official announcement that he was running for president, but the Delaware Democrat instead found himself defending remarks he made to the New York Observer about his Democratic opponents.In the article published Wednesday, Biden is quoted evaluating presidential rivals Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois. His remarks about Obama, the only African-American serving in the Senate, drew the most scrutiny."I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking...
  • Palin attacks book; Reid regrets

    01/09/2010 1:07:48 PM PST · by curth · 34 replies · 4,268+ views
    Politico ^ | 1/9/10 3:06 PM EST | MIKE ALLEN
    Sarah Palin is pushing back against the blistering account of her campaign in "Game Change," the hotly awaited campaign book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Her spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, said in a statement: "The Governor's descriptions of these events are found in her book, 'Going Rogue.' Her descriptions are accurate. She was there. These reporters were not." The statement was provided to CBS's "60 Minutes,” which includes material about the former Alaska governor in a segment about “Game Change.” Correspondent Anderson Cooper interviewed Steve Schmidt, top strategist on the McCain-Palin campaign, who said a campaign aide preparing her for...
  • Palin to face another ethics battle

    12/05/2009 6:57:54 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 79 replies · 2,488+ views
    Palin to face another ethics battle By Tony Romm - 12/05/09 09:35 AM ET Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) faced yet another ethics complaint on Friday: This time, for allegedly using state resources "for partisan political purposes" during the 2008 campaign. Under state law, elected officials may not "use or authorize the use of state funds, facilities, equipment, services, or another government asset or resource" for campaigning, stumping or politicking. But Palin, argues Andree McLeod -- a local activist who has filed many ethics complains against the former Alaska governor -- sought political advice from her staff and asked...
  • EXCLUSIVE: McCain: 'Grateful' that Palin was VP choice (McCain endorses Palin in 2012)

    11/19/2009 9:15:01 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 74 replies · 2,588+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 2009-11-19 | Joseph Weber
    Former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain said Thursday he has read Sarah Palin's book and has no regrets about picking her as a running mate. (snip) He also said if Mrs. Palin decides to run for president in 2012 and becomes the Republican Party nominee he would vote for her. "I hope she has every success," Mr. McCain said. "She's still pretty popular."
  • McCain Grateful Palin Was VP Choice ('Felt Honored to Have Sarah')

    11/19/2009 10:58:27 AM PST · by meandog · 52 replies · 1,670+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 11/19/09 | By Joseph Weber
    Former presidential candidate Sen. John McCain said Thursday he has read Sarah Palin's book and has no regrets about picking her as a running mate. "I felt honored to have Sarah," said Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican. "There's no doubt she energized our party and America. She's doing it today." His praised came one day after defending top campaign advisers Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace, whom Mrs. Palin criticized in her book, "Going Rogue: An American Life." Mr. McCain said during the interview Thursday with The Washington Times' "American's Morning News" radio show that Mrs. Palin is a "political force in...
  • McCain adviser: Palin’s book is fiction (Romneybot Nicolle Wallace attacks Sarah Palin again)

    11/17/2009 9:24:12 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 96 replies · 3,607+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2009-11-18
    Depictions ‘took place entirely in her imagination,’ says Wallace. NBC NEWS and NEWS SERVICES NEW YORK - Former McCain campaign senior adviser Nicolle Wallace says Sarah Palin's book "Going Rogue" is "based on fabrications," and that the basis for Palin’s depictions of her and former McCain campaign director Steve Schmidt as villains "took place entirely in her imagination." In a statement to The Rachel Maddow Show, the former McCain spokesperson repeatedly used the word "fiction" to describe Palin's narrative and echoed criticisms by other former McCain staffers. "She [Palin] probably has a legitimate complaint that things could have been better...
  • McCain asks aides not to rebut Palin (as McCainiacs continue to attack her)

    11/16/2009 11:36:19 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 59 replies · 2,618+ views
    NBC / The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-11-16 | Eric Zimmermann
    John McCain has asked his former campaign aides not to speak out against the charges Sarah Palin levels in her book, NBC news reports. This news comes after a number of former staffers anonymously blasted Palin's recount of the 2008 campaign. "John McCain offered her the opportunity of a lifetime, and during the campaign it seems that, for all of her mistakes, she is searching for people to blame," an aide said last week. "We don't need to go through this again." Even as NBC reported McCain's request, they included another swipe at her book from a former campaign aide....
  • Memoir Is Palin’s Payback to McCain Campaign (NYT slams Palin as "erratic" and "ungrateful") (BARF!)

    11/14/2009 1:15:00 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies · 1,654+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2009-11-15 | Michiko Kakutani
    “Going Rogue,” the title of Sarah Palin’s erratic new memoir, comes from a phrase used by a disgruntled McCain aide to describe her going off-message during the campaign: among other things, for breaking with the campaign over its media strategy, its decision to pull out of Michigan and for speaking out about reports that the Republican Party had spent more than $150,000 on fancy designer duds for her and her family. In fact, the most sustained and vehement barbs in this book are directed not at Democrats or liberals or the press, but at the McCain campaign. The very campaign...
  • (Palin) Thought Katie Was Her Fan: You betch I was suprised (smarmy quotes from "McCain source")

    11/13/2009 8:53:24 PM PST · by presidio9 · 118 replies · 3,753+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, November 13th 2009, | David Saltonstall
    Sarah Palin says she was blindsided by Katie Couric's devastating interviews last year because John McCain's aides lulled her into thinking the CBS anchorwoman was a fan. In Palin's new book, "Going Rogue," the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee reveals that her handlers talked up Couric as a working mom - just like her - who was struggling with low self-esteem and even lower ratings. Couric liked and admired her, advised campaign media honcho Nicolle Wallace. The interviews would be a nice favor. The scouting reports were so sympathetic, Palin writes, that that she almost began to "feel sorry" for...
  • Palin in book: McCain aides kept me 'bottled up'

    11/12/2009 6:09:06 PM PST · by CedarDave · 23 replies · 2,140+ views
    Assocated Press | November 12, 2009 | RICHARD T. PIENCIAK
    The rumors are true, according to Sarah Palin: The McCain-Palin campaign was not a happy family. Palin in book: McCain aides kept me 'bottled up'
  • McCain official responds to Palin charge (McCain calls Palin a liar, blames campaign finance rules)

    11/12/2009 5:26:20 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 84 replies · 4,338+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2009-11-12
    <p>In her new book, according to the Associated Press, Sarah Palin alleges that the McCain campaign gave her a $500,000 bill to pay for the campaign vetting her for the VP nod. She also makes the charge that the McCain camp said they would have paid all the bills had they won, but since they lost, the bills were her responsibility.</p>
  • Sarah Palin (through the years, WashPost photo gallery)

    11/02/2009 9:11:43 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 11 replies · 1,963+ views
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 03 NOVEMBER 2009 | WASHINGTON POST
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2009/11/02/GA2009110203745.html
  • Shouldn't Hillary Be Thanking Bill for Saving Her from the VP Position?

    10/31/2009 10:12:49 PM PDT · by robertvance · 23 replies · 1,287+ views
    Idocratic.com ^ | 11/1/2009 | Nathan Hale
    Now, instead of being embroiled in the Democrat’s lose-lose health care mess (a debacle that she no doubt would have been smack dab in the middle of as Vice President or as a senator), she has mostly been isolated from the political misfortunes of the Democrats. Those political misfortunes could very well cost the Democrats dearly in 2010 and could force Obama out in 2012 unless he is able to recover quickly. If Hillary can make it through the next few years without making any major foreign policy gaffes, she can launch a political comeback and tout these years as...
  • McCain strategist defends Palin as 2008 VP choice

    10/14/2009 10:30:21 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,172+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/14/09 | Andrew DeMillo - ap
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A top adviser from John McCain's presidential campaign who has criticized Sarah Palin's odds as a 2012 presidential candidate defended Wednesday the decision to pick her as McCain's 2008 running mate. Steve Schmidt, who was chief strategist for the Republican's campaign during the 2008 election, said choosing Palin — then a little-known Alaska governor — helped the GOP gain ground against the Democrats and Barack Obama. "I believe to this day that had she not been picked as a vice presidential candidate, we would have never been ahead, not for one second, not for one minute,...
  • McCain strategist defends Palin as VP choice in 08 [after attacking Palin, Schmidt now praises her]

    10/14/2009 8:48:24 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 36 replies · 1,938+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-10-14
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A top adviser from John McCain's presidential campaign who has criticized Sarah Palin's odds as a presidential candidate in 2012 is standing by the decision to pick her as McCain's running mate in the 2008 election. Steve Schmidt, who was chief strategist for McCain's presidential race, said Palin helped McCain as a running mate in the 2008 race. Schmidt earlier this month said that Palin would be a catastrophe for the GOP if she's the party's presidential nominee in 2012.
  • McCain Admits Campaign Tensions Between Palin, Aides

    10/11/2009 8:23:33 AM PDT · by Saije · 157 replies · 3,890+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/11/2009 | Garance Franke-Ruta
    Former presidential candidate John McCain (R-Ariz.) acknowledged on CNN's State of the Union Sunday that tensions flared during his campaign between senior strategist Steve Schmidt and those allied with his running mate, then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "With a high-pressure situation, there's always tensions that develop within campaigns," McCain said in a video excerpt posted online. "And there were clearly tensions between Steve Schmidt and people in the Palin camp." Schmidt has recently become a vocal public critic of Palin, predicting that a presidential run by her in 2012 would prove "catastrophic" for the Republican Party. McCain did not criticize Palin...
  • Michelle Obama favoured Joe Biden over Hillary Clinton as vice-president, book claims

    09/21/2009 3:35:39 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 49 replies · 2,239+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | September 21, 2009
    Michelle Obama put the final nail in the coffin in the idea of Hillary Clinton becoming her husband's vice-presidential nominee, according to a new book. Author Christopher Andersen reported that Mrs Obama favoured Joe Biden, the president's eventual choice. "Do you really want Bill and Hillary just down the hall from you in the White House?" she reportedly told her husband. "Could you live with that?" Mr Obama later thought of the masterstroke of appointing the woman he narrowly defeated as his secretary of state. According to the New York Daily News , Mrs Obama was "fascinated" by the choice...
  • Mayor Bloomberg was a finalist to be Sen. John McCain's running mate, says book

    08/04/2009 12:08:38 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 1,180+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 2009-08-04 | Adam Lisberg
    Mayor Bloomberg said Tuesday he never thought he was on the short list to be Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate last year -- even though a new book claims he was one of the six finalists for the coveted slot. McCain's staff took Bloomberg's chances seriously, the book claims -- especially when they were told to set up a short podium for the still-secret vice-presidential candidate. "When I told them to lower it for someone who was 5-7, they thought it was Bloomberg," McCain aide Davis White says in "The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary...
  • McCain Upset by "Vicious Attacks" on Palin: AZ Sen. said Palin will be a "force" in the GOP

    08/02/2009 12:28:49 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 24 replies · 1,018+ views
    NBC ^ | Sun, Aug 2, 2009 | XANA O'NEILL
    Sen. John McCain said he is saddened Sarah Palin has been the subject of "vicious attacks" but said his former GOP running mate has a promising future in the Republican Party. In an interview with CNN's "State of the Union," McCain said he believes Palin made the right decision by stepping down from her post as Alaska's governor 18 months before her first term was up and said he was upset that the ex-veep candidate continues to be the victim of searing criticism. "I respect Sarah Palin," McCain said in an interview that aired Sunday. "I appreciate her and her...
  • McCain: Palin to be `force' in Republican Party

    08/02/2009 6:56:43 AM PDT · by Cheap_Hessian · 39 replies · 777+ views
    AP ^ | August 2, 2009
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. John McCain says he sees Sarah Palin continuing to play a major role in the future of the Republican Party. McCain says he respects the decision that his 2008 vice presidential running mate made to resign as Alaska governor. The Arizona senator says people make decisions based on what's best for them and for their families. And he says he thinks Palin "clearly" made the best decision. McCain says he thinks she will continue to be "a force" within the GOP. Palin intends to write a book and try to build a right-of-center coalition. Her long-term...
  • McCain saddened by Palin attacks but predicts resurrection

    08/02/2009 10:45:50 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 18 replies · 831+ views
    http://features.csmonitor.com ^ | 08.02.09 | By Jimmy Orr
    It’s just like the old Huey Lewis song from “Back to the Future” where the occasional doo-wop performer sings about going back in time. Because hearing John McCain this morning sticking up for Sarah Palin makes it feel like the 2008 campaign season again. It’s like McCain has morphed into Marty McFly. And Palin is perhaps, George McFly. And the media, maybe, is Biff. Then again, this analogy might be an abject failure. Regardless, McCain — appearing on CNN’s State of the Union said he was “…saddened by the fact that there are still such vicious attacks on her and...
  • John McCain: Sarah Palin was High Point of the Campaign

    08/01/2009 12:33:58 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 42 replies · 1,424+ views
    C4P ^ | July 31, 2009 | Daniel Terrapin
    In an interview with the Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore, John McCain had this to say about Governor Palin: If the market crash was the low point, I ask him for his best memory from the campaign. “The high point, I think, was the convention, the selection of Sarah Palin, and the enthusiasm that was generated all over the country.” His fondness for Mrs. Palin and her family strikes me as from the heart; he believes she was a net asset for the ticket. “Let’s face it,” he says, “she galvanized our base in a way that I couldn’t. Everywhere...
  • Pulling No Punches [John McCain on Obamanomics, Sarah Palin and the media]

    07/31/2009 6:33:12 PM PDT · by Al B. · 60 replies · 1,827+ views
    WSJ Online ^ | July 31, 2009 | Stephen Moore
    John McCain is red in the face and hopping mad. I’m sitting in his office in the Senate Russell Office Building, and he’s just rushed in after delivering a speech on the Senate floor where he seethed about the earmarks in the Homeland Security Bill. “Can you believe they are putting $6 million of pork into Homeland Security?” he asks with his trademark clenched-fists. [...] He says he has worked to keep his relations with President Barack Obama “cordial,” but he pulls no punches criticizing the president’s economic policies. [...] He certainly was dealt a lousy hand. .....Why did he...
  • Voting Rate Dips As Older Whites Stay Home [Enabled 0 to Win OH & PA!]

    07/20/2009 1:43:08 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 147 replies · 2,165+ views
    APReport ^ | July 20, 2009
    Voting rate dips as older whites stay home About 63.6 percent of the nation's eligible voters cast ballots in November WASHINGTON - For all the attention generated by Barack Obama's candidacy, the share of eligible voters who actually cast ballots in November declined for the first time in a dozen years. The reason: Older whites with little interest in backing either Barack Obama or John McCain stayed home. Census figures released Monday show about 63.6 percent of the nation's eligible voters, or 131.1 million people, voted last November. Although that represented an increase of 5 million voters — virtually all...
  • Sarah Palin Mentions Abortion Refusal, Birth of Down Syndrome Son in Acceptance Speech

    07/10/2009 8:04:45 PM PDT · by Right2BareArms · 6 replies · 675+ views
    lifenews ^ | September 4, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    In a speech that has electrified the pro-life movement, Alaska governor and John McCain’s vice-presidential running mate, Sarah Palin, touched on her own family’s personal pro-life decision. While 80 to 90 percent of pregnancies involving Down syndrome babies end in abortion, the Palin family chose life. “And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical,” Palin said. “That's how it is with us,” the governor went on to say. “Our family has the same ups and downs as any...
  • "Pals Around With Terrorists": Palin Wasn't That Rogue, After All

    07/10/2009 1:47:45 PM PDT · by Al B. · 22 replies · 1,597+ views
    theAtlantic.com ^ | July 10, 2009 | Marc Ambinder
    In the mail this morning was an advanced copy of Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson's extremely well-reported history of the 2008 presidential campaign: The Battle for America is what the two veteran Posties have called it. The book will be published on August 4; Balz and Johnson will talk about it on Meet the Press on August 2. There are plenty of scoops, and I can't resisting sharing just one involving a critical phase of the campaign in early October of 2008. Whose idea was it for Gov. Sarah Palin to attack Barack Obama as a guy who "pals around...
  • SNOWBALLS IN HELL!!! Reporter Admits Press Treated Palin Horribly

    07/10/2009 10:24:16 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 11 replies · 889+ views
    Politics Daily/The LID ^ | 7/10/09 | The Lid
    Whether you like her or hate her you have to admit that the treatment Sarah Palin received in the press has been unfair and unprofessional. So its no surprise that one of the reasons that Sarah Palin gave for her resignation last week was the horrible attacks she and her children have received from in the press. These attacks were not based on policy, from the very beginning they were personal. Here teenage daughter's pregnancy became press fodder, she was accused of not being the mother of her own child and Fox News token liberal Alan Colmes claimed that Sarah...
  • Reporter: 'We Took Sides, Straight and Simple' Against Palin

    07/10/2009 6:07:07 AM PDT · by RDTF · 63 replies · 3,550+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | July 10, 2009 | Tim Graham
    On AOL Politics Daily, long-time White House reporter Carl Cannon bluntly declared that the political press gave Sarah Palin a raw deal in the 2008 campaign, and seriously failed to scrutinize Joe Biden, especially his fact-mangling and odd statements in the vice presidential debate. Cannon summed up: In the 2008 election, we took sides, straight and simple, particularly with regard to the vice presidential race. I don't know that we played a decisive role in that campaign, and I'm not saying the better side lost. What I am saying is that we simply didn't hold Joe Biden to the same...
  • Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?

    07/01/2009 1:10:44 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 182 replies · 3,820+ views
    National Review ^ | 2009-07-01 | Mark Hemingway
    The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign. At issue is a question that was never resolved following McCain’s loss in November: Who in the McCain campaign was secretly trashing Sarah Palin to the press?
  • MSNBC's Matthews: Palin Book Deal An "Embarrassment"

    05/13/2009 8:51:26 PM PDT · by politicalhub · 39 replies · 1,717+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 05/13/2009 | Real Clear Politics
    "She's [Sarah Palin] got this book deal. She's obviously not going to write it. They already announced she's going to collaborate on it, what an embarrassment," MSNBC's Chris Matthews said on "Hardball" Wednesday evening. "One of these I told you books the jocks do. Why they do it like this? She can't write. We have a collaborator for her," he continued. Matthews ended his rant by complaining she will get the title of "author" now.
  • Palin signs book deal with HarperCollins

    05/12/2009 3:41:48 PM PDT · by Al B. · 41 replies · 1,166+ views
    ADN ^ | May 12, 2009 | Sean Cockerham
    Gov. Sarah Palin has signed a book deal with HarperCollins Publishers for what is described as her memoir. "There have been so many things written and said through mainstream media that have not been accurate, and it will be nice through an unfiltered forum to get to speak truthfully about who we are and what we stand for and what Alaska is all about," Palin said in an interview today in which she announced the deal. Palin and HarperCollins would not say how much she was being paid. Asked why, the former Republican nominee for vice president said she didn't...
  • Some Republican leaders prefer not to discuss Sarah Palin [Romney "laughing and smiling"] [McCain]

    05/03/2009 8:34:54 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 120 replies · 4,057+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-05-03 | Jonathan Martin
    In the latest instance of a high-profile GOP member taking a passing swipe at the party's 2008 vice-presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Governor and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney jokingly dismissed Sarah Palin’s inclusion on TIME’s list of influential people in an interview broadcast Sunday. He asked, was “the issue on the most beautiful people or the most influential people?” . . . . . Romney, who was appearing with House Minority Whip Eric Cantor as part of a party re-launch the two are organizing with other prominent Republicans under the banner of the National Council for a New America, was...
  • Why Palin didn't get a concession speech [Schmidt silenced Palin, cites "tradition"]

    04/26/2009 11:37:51 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 1,719+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-04-26 | Ben Smith
    A handful of readers took note of this passage in my story on Steve Schmidt's and David Plouffe's appearance in Delaware last week: [Schmidt] explained his decision to deny Palin an election night speech as a nod to the fact that the concession is a “singular moment” in American public life. “It begins the process by which power is transferred peacefully,” he said. Asked blogger DougJ: "Is Schmidt implying that Palin would have given an incendiary speech that would have, in some small way, disrupted the peaceful transfer of power?" I hadn't really heard it that way, but it seemed...
  • Senior McCain aide: The GOP is a 'shrinking entity' [praises Zero, says Palin token conservative]

    04/23/2009 6:43:40 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 77 replies · 3,015+ views
    (CNN) — John McCain’s general election campaign began as “the strategic equivalent of throwing a football through a tire at 50 yards” – and was doomed weeks before Election Day, his former chief strategist said Thursday. “We were running a campaign under extra difficult circumstances — the state of the Republican Party, the president’s unpopularity, the economy — a lot of issues that were not John McCain’s fault, but were John McCain’s problem in this race,” Schmidt told an audience at the University of Delaware, according to Politico. “When Lehman Brothers collapsed in the fall I knew pretty much right...
  • He could have nominated Lieberman, after all... [Liberal Democrat was McCain's first choice]

    04/20/2009 8:46:04 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 919+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-04-20
    It may be, a colleague notes, a fitting coda to the McCain campaign: He apparently rejected his first choice as a running mate, Joe Lieberman, in part based on a faulty legal opinion. McCain lawyer and vetter A. B. Culvahouse said last week that West Virginia law could have barred McCain from nominating a Democrat as his running mate in the key state, knocking Lieberman out of the running.
  • HBO Sets 2008 Election Film ( More Leftist Propaganda )

    04/14/2009 4:06:41 AM PDT · by kellynla · 8 replies · 575+ views
    variety.com ^ | Apr. 13, 2009 | MICHAEL FLEMING
    HBO Films has optioned "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime," an in-the-works Harper Collins book by political writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. The pay network has hired "Blood Diamond" scribe Charles Leavitt to adapt the behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 presidential election from the perspective of the candidates and their respective camps. Halperin is editor-at-large at Time magazine, and Heilemann is national political correspondent for New York magazine. They will be consultants for the film. The book will be published early next year. Heilemann and Halperin have covered other presidential...
  • RNC Closes Loop on Palin Clothes

    04/08/2009 4:01:02 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 28 replies · 1,062+ views
    Politico.com ^ | 4/8/09 5:50 PM EDT | By KENNETH P. VOGEL
    Closing a loop on the campaign finance side of the Sarah Palin clothes saga, the Republican National Committee late last month filed an amended report detailing exactly which disbursements were clothing purchases for the Republican vice presidential candidate and her family. The amended report shows that the committee paid about $23,000 for clothing in the three weeks before and after Election Day — which is actually $7,000 less than previously reported. That new report brings the total Palin clothing costs paid by the RNC down and also makes it easier to spot clothing purchases that had previously gone undetected. For...
  • Palins Get Ready to Spill

    04/06/2009 12:15:18 PM PDT · by CARepublicans · 69 replies · 2,790+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | April 06, 2009 | Kim Eisler
    Palins Get Ready to Spill By Kim Eisler Published Monday, April 06, 2009 Alaska’s Republican governor, Sarah Palin, has retained DC Democratic power player Robert Barnett to sell her presumed memoir of the 2008 campaign. The expected seven-figure book advance will make it easier for Palin to pay for travel to the “lower 48” for political events and then a presidential run. The book could put Palin into a 2012 race with President Obama, who used the same lawyer and the same strategy—a big advance and a book—in part to back his early campaign efforts. During the 2008 Democratic campaign,...
  • Levi Johnston reveals on 'Tyra Banks' show that Sarah Palin knew he and Bristol were having sex

    04/03/2009 11:32:20 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 160 replies · 6,969+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 2009-04-03 | Michael Saul
    She knew? You betcha, says the baby daddy of Sarah Palin's grandson. The Alaska governor most likely was aware before her daughter, Bristol, became pregnant that the teenager and her hockey hunk boyfriend were having sex, Levi Johnston said in a bombshell new interview. "I'm pretty sure she probably knew. Moms are pretty smart," said Johnston, 18, the father of the governor's first grandchild, in an interview that will air Monday on "The Tyra Banks Show." Johnston said he and Bristol Palin practiced safe sex "most of the time."
  • Todd Palin: $150K On Clothes 'Out of Our Control' (Sarah Never Went to Saks Department Store)

    04/01/2009 3:59:49 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 37 replies · 1,576+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 4 hours ago
    <p>The husband of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says the Republican Party's lavish spending on her wardrobe during the presidential campaign was "out of our control."</p> <p>In the May issue of Men's Journal, Todd Palin was asked about the more than $150,000 that the Republican National Committee spent on clothes, accessories and beauty services for the GOP vice presidential nominee. He defended his wife, saying she was focused on preparation for her debate with Joe Biden.</p>
  • Trashed! $150K Worth of Palin's Clothes Reportedly in Garbage Bags (at the RNC)

    04/01/2009 3:29:59 PM PDT · by lewisglad · 34 replies · 2,028+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | Wednesday, April 1st 2009, 3:20 PM | Catey Hill
    Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Ferragamo. These were just a few of the designer labels Sarah Palin wore during her 2008 campaign. Where are many of these infamous clothes now? In trash bags! Yes, you read that right. In the g-a-r-b-a-g-e. Well, in garbage bags, to be more specific. NewMajority is reporting that roughly $150,000 worth of clothing worn by Sarah Palin during her Republican vice presidential bid is stuffed in trash bags at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C. Palin promised to donate her wardrobe to charity following the campaign, and she did give the clothes to...