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    Politico's Ben Smith reports on the internal tensions that are roiling the McCain campaign, with many Palin allies voicing their unhappiness at how the campaign has been run. According to Smith, there are now "stirrings of a Palin insurgency." Some of the highlights:

    Four Republicans close to Palin said she has decided increasingly to disregard the advice of the former Bush aides tasked to handle her, creating occasionally tense situations as she travels the country with them. Those Palin supporters, inside the campaign and out, said Palin blames her handlers for a botched rollout and a tarnished public image -- even as others in McCain's camp blame the pick of the relatively inexperienced Alaska governor, and her public performance, for McCain's decline.


    "She's lost confidence in most of the people on the plane," said a senior Republican who speaks to Palin, referring to her campaign jet. He said Palin had begun to "go rogue" in some of her public pronouncements and decisions.[...]
    Anger among Republicans who see Palin as a star and as a potential future leader has boiled over because, they say, they see other senior McCain aides preparing to blame her in the event he is defeated.
    "These people are going to try and shred her after the campaign to divert blame from themselves," said a McCain insider, referring to McCain's chief strategist, Steve Schmidt, and to Nicolle Wallace, a former Bush aide who has taken a lead role in Palin's campaign.
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    "A number of Governor Palin's staff have not had her best interests at heart and they have not had the campaign's best interests at heart," fumed the McCain insider, noting that Wallace left an executive job at CBS to join the campaign."

    Some McCain aides say they had little choice with a candidate who simply wasn't ready for the national stage, and that Palin didn't forcefully object. Moments that Palin's allies see as triumphs of instinct and authenticity — the Wright suggestion, her objection to the campaign's pulling out of Michigan — they dismiss as Palin's "slips and miscommunications," that is, her own incompetence and evidence of the need for tight scripting.

    But Palin partisans say she chafed at the handling.

    "The campaign as a whole bought completely into what the Washington media said — that she's completely inexperienced," said a close Palin ally outside the campaign who speaks regularly to the candidate.
    "Her strategy was to be trustworthy and a team player during the convention and thereafter, but she felt completely mismanaged and mishandled and ill advised," the person said. "Recently, she's gone from relying on McCain advisers who were assigned to her to relying on her own instincts."

    Palin's loyalists say she's grown particularly disenchanted with the veterans of the Bush reelection campaign, including Schmidt and Wallace, and that despite her anti-intellectual rhetoric, her closest ally among her new traveling aides is a policy adviser, former National Security Council official Steve Biegun. She's also said to be close with McCain's chief foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann, who prepared her for the Oct. 2 vice presidential debate.

    When a McCain aide, speaking anonymously Friday to The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder, suggested that Palin's charge that Obama was "palling around with terrorists" had "escaped HQ's vetting," it was Scheunemann who fired off an angry response that the speech was "fully vetted" and that to attack Palin for it was "bullshit."

    Palin's "instincts," on display in recent days, have had her opening up to the media, including a round of interviews on talk radio, cable and broadcast outlets, as well as chats with her traveling press and local reporters.

    Reporters really began to notice the change last Sunday, when Palin strolled over to a local television crew in Colorado Springs.

    "Get Tracey," a staffer called out, according to The New York Times, summoning spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt, who reportedly "tried several times to cut it off with a terse 'Thank you!' in between questions, to no avail." The moment may have caused ulcers in some precincts of the McCain campaign, but it was an account Palin's admirers in Washington cheered.

    Palin had also sought to give meatier policy speeches, in particular on energy policy and on policy for children with disabilities; she finally gave the latter speech Friday, but had wanted to deliver it much earlier.

    She's also begun to make her own ad hoc calls about the campaign's direction and the ticket's policy. McCain, for instance, has remained silent on Democrats' calls for a stimulus package of new spending, a move many conservatives oppose but that could be broadly popular. But in an interview with the conservative radio host Glenn Beck earlier this week, Palin went "off the reservation" to make the campaign policy, one aide said.

    "I say, you know, when is enough enough of taxpayer dollars being thrown into this bill out there?" she asked. "This next one of the Democrats being proposed should be very, very concerning to all Americans because to me it sends a message that $700 billion bailout, maybe that was just the tip of the iceberg. No, you know, we were told when we've got to be believing if we have enough elected officials who are going to be standing strong on fiscal conservative principles and free enterprise and we have to believe that there are enough of those elected officials to say, 'No, OK, that's enough.'"

    (A McCain spokeswoman said Palin's statement was "a good sentiment.")

    But few imagine that Palin will be able to repair her image — and bad poll numbers — in the eleven days before the campaign ends. And the final straw for Palin and her allies was the news that the campaign had reported spending $150,000 on her clothes, turning her, again, into the butt of late-night humor.

    "She never even set foot in these stores," the senior Republican said, noting Palin hadn't realized the cost when the clothes were brought to her in her Minnesota hotel room.

    "It's completely out-of-control operatives," said the close ally outside the campaign. "She has no responsibility for that. It's incredibly frustrating for us and for her."

    Between Palin's internal detractors and her allies, there's a middle ground: Some aides say that she's a flawed candidate whose handling exaggerated her weak spots.

    "She was completely mishandled in the beginning. No one took the time to look at what her personal strengths and weaknesses are and developed a plan that made sense based on who she is as a candidate," the aide said. "Any concerns she or those close to her have about that are totally valid."

    But the aide said that Palin's inexperience led her to her own mistakes:

    "How she was handled allowed her weaknesses to hang out in full display."

    If McCain loses, Palin's allies say that the national Republican Party hasn't seen the last of her. Politicians are sometimes formed by a signal defeat — as Bill Clinton was when he was tossed out of the Arkansas governor's mansion after his first term — and Palin would return to a state that had made her America's most popular governor and where her image as a reformer who swept aside her own party's insiders rings true, if not in the cartoon version the McCain campaign presented.

    "There are people in this campaign who feel a real sense of loyalty to her and are really pleased with her performance and think she did a great job," said the McCain insider. "She has a real future in this party."

    Palin allies report rising campaign tension - Ben Smith - Politico.com

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    The pitbull is biting McCain in the ass. Who would've thunk it?

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    Just when that campaign looked as if it could become no more embarrassing...

    I am waiting for the fistfight.



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    She continues to violate Rule #1, time after time after time...Ya gotta dance wit the one that brung ya. She is the original black widow spider.

    "It's completely out-of-control operatives," said the close ally outside the campaign. "She has no responsibility for that. It's incredibly frustrating for us and for her."

    **SNORT** I thought the Law of Palin (sorta) clearly states that you are responsible for the associations you keep and you are totally responsible for the actions of others if you encounter them.

    Dumbass illeterate lying sack of shit ungrateful twat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaMama View Post
    Dumbass illeterate lying sack of shit ungrateful twat.
    Haha!! I love this. It's totally Frankenstein's monster (except this one has bad intentions). She somehow believes she could do a better job than McCain. Has she not been reading the polls? Her favorability ratings were only high for a minute and as soon as she had to speak unscripted, they plummeted. Sarah is so arrogant and clueless, she actually believes she is the stronger of the two candidates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcap72 View Post
    The pitbull is biting McCain in the ass. Who would've thunk it?
    I already said it in many threads: they've created a monster and now she's out of control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HWBL View Post
    I already said it in many threads: they've created a monster and now she's out of control.
    The entire McCain campaign is out of control, at this point. And I love it.

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    ^^I will miss the craziness after the elections. McCain's campaign is the ultimate reality show.

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    My fear is that she is just starting & we will be voting against her for the next 40 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    My fear is that she is just starting & we will be voting against her for the next 40 years.
    I think Sarah Palin lives in the House of Self-Undoing. I just hope she unravels quickly enough to prevent her from rising to a position of national power, rather than having that happen after she wreaks havoc across the United States.
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    Maybe-but she has a big following-all those rallies. She is worrisome.
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    I don't get it, but my MIL who is 65 years old likes Palin. I keep pointing out her shortcomings, and my MIL just makes excuses for her. That would be understandable maybe if Palin was a nice person, but how is it so many people out there can't see the raging bitch she really is?

    Fortunately my FIL has some sense and will probably vote for Obama. The Colin Powell endorsement meant a lot to him.

    DH is still "undecided". I am trying very, very hard with him.

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    Anger among Republicans who see Palin as a star and as a potential future leader has boiled over because, they say, they see other senior McCain aides preparing to blame her in the event he is defeated.
    They're just pissed that people are jumping ship and not taking them with 'em. I really do wonder how many McCain aides truly feel in their hearts that this is quite possibly the biggest joke in modern political history. Surely a lot of them felt this from the get-go or have started to feel this way now.... I don't really blame them for feeling pissed that they wasted time and effort on the campaign Palin has single-handedly run into the ground. It's the other ones who see her 'as a star' that confuse me... they're either delusional or bitter that they won't get a chance to escape from the bear trap anytime soon.

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    Oh, I also forgot to mention that my MIL thinks that Palin was cleared of all charges in the Troopergate investigation People just don't pay attention and believe what they're told.

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    Sigh...they never listen:

    "She has bitten the hand of every person who extended theirs to her in help. The City Council person who personally escorted her around town introducing her to voters when she first ran for Wasilla City Council became one of her first targets when she was later elected Mayor. She abruptly fired her loyal City Administrator; even people who didn’t like the guy were stunned by this ruthlessness.

    Fear of retribution has kept all of these people from saying anything publicly about her."

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