It Came from Wasilla
Full article at Vanity Fair
Anyone read this fascinating article yet? McCain's campaign staffers do not have much good to say about her. Ouch.
Election Night brought what McCain aides saw as the final indignity. Palin decided she would make her own speech at the ticket's farewell to the faithful, at the Arizona Biltmore, in Phoenix. When aides went to load McCain's concession speech into the teleprompter, they found a concession speech for Palin--written by Bush speechwriter Matthew Scully, who had also been the principal drafter of her convention speech--already on the system. Schmidt and Salter told Palin that there was no tradition of Election Night speeches by running mates, and that she wouldn't be giving one. Palin was insistent. "Are those John's wishes?" she asked. They were, she was told. But Palin took the issue to McCain himself, raising it on the walk from his suite to the outdoor rally. Again the answer was no.
As Palin has piled misstep on top of misstep, the senior members of McCain's campaign team have undergone a painful odyssey of their own. In recent rounds of long conversations, most made it clear that they suffer a kind of survivor's guilt: they can't quite believe that for two frantic months last fall, caught in a Bermuda Triangle of a campaign, they worked their tails off to try to elect as vice president of the United States someone who, by mid-October, they believed for certain was nowhere near ready for the job, and might never be. They quietly ponder the nightmare they lived through. Do they ever ask, What were we thinking? "Oh, yeah, oh, yeah," one longtime McCain friend told me with a rueful chuckle. "You nailed it." Another key McCain aide summed up his attitude this way: "I guess it's sort of shifted," he said. "I always wanted to tell myself the best-case story about her." Even now, he said, "I don't want to get too negative." Then he added, "I think, as I've evaluated it, I think some of my worst fears ... the after-election events have confirmed that her more negative aspects may have been there ... " His voice trailed off. "I saw her as a raw talent. Raw, but a talent. I hoped she could become better."
None of McCain's still-loyal soldiers will say negative things about Palin on the record. Even thinking such thoughts privately is painful for them, because there is ultimately no way to read McCain's selection of Palin as reflecting anything other than an appalling egotism, heedlessness, and lack of judgment in a man whose courage, tenacity, and character they have extravagantly admired--and as reflecting, too, an unsettling willingness on their own part to aid and abet him. They all know that if their candidate--a 72-year-old cancer survivor--had won the presidency, the vice-presidency would be in the hands of a woman who lacked the knowledge, the preparation, the aptitude, and the temperament for the job. To ask why none of them dared to just walk away is to ask why Colin Powell did not resign in protest over the Bush administration's foreign policy, or why none of Bill Clinton's disillusioned aides resigned after he lied to them about Monica Lewinsky. The question cannot comprehend the intense bonds that the blood sport of modern politics produces. To leave a campaign--especially a struggling, losing campaign--is akin to desertion in wartime, and even as they began to understand her limitations, plenty of McCain aides still saw Palin as the campaign's best hope. Some still believe that, simply in terms of the electoral math, she helped at least as much as she hurt, and maybe helped more.
Jun 30, '09
I didn't care much for Palin. I cared even less for McCain. If McCain thought she was such a dimwit, why would he choose her to be vice-president? Maybe he decided that she was Biden's equal and that's all that mattered. Regardless, it shows that McCain's decision-making process is flawed, as most conservatives already know.
The Republican machine is responsible for Obama's victory as much as are the Democrats.
Last edit by Pierrette on Jun 30, '09