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Sarah's Gone Off the Reservation

October 26, 2008 · 1 Comment

Author:  RJ

This is what we’ve all been waiting for. In the final days of the campaign, with McCain-Palin down on its luck, the ticket explodes.

CNN reports that Sarah Palin has “gone rogue.” She’s going off message, holding impromptu news conferences and contradicting some of McCain’s positions. I can only imagine the horror of McCain advisors as they watch their own little Eliza Doolittle shrug off her handlers and pursue an agenda of her own. (2012 presidential bid anyone?)

McCain advisors can no longer manage Palin whom they describe as a “diva” who “won’t take advice from anyone.” Palin sources claim that she’s frustrated with the way her contact with the media has been handled. In particular, she’s peeved about McCain press advisers denying her day-to-day access to the media and forcing her into two high-profile interviews that became legendary grist for comedy routines.

But really, what choice did the McCain camp have? In the interviews, Palin came off horribly despite all of the intense pre-interview briefing. One can only imagine how much worse she’d do in extemporaneous press interviews.  Referring to efforts to prepare Palin, one McCain source has said that “her lack of fundamental understanding of some key issues was dramatic,” and one the biggest challenges they’ve ever faced.

It’s no surprise that infighting and recriminations have begun as the McCain ship continues to sink. But the fact that these internecine squabbles have gone public suggests the campaign is already viewing a McCain loss as a foregone conclusion.

With defeat looming, Palin is not only biting the hand that fed her, but apparently tearing what’s left of it to shreds. But this is exactly what you get when you dress up a Pit Bull and thrust it onto the national political stage–with or without lipstick.

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