Monday, October 12, 2009

McCain says there were "clearly" tensions between Palin and his advisors during campaign

Above: Palin received flowers last week as her son Track's brigade is going out for re-deployment (Boston Globe).

McCain admitted that there were "clearly" tensions between his campaign advisors and Palin's "camp" during the campaign.

It seems to me that if there were clearly tensions between Palin and his advisors then the person at the top needed to do something about it at the time. It's like parenting, you don't let your children just fight it out, especially when something as big as POTUS is at stake. What does that say about McCain, that he clearly noticed tensions but apparently did nothing? We know Palin isn't the type to complain and I'm sure that she didn't have a "camp." I'm sure all the complaining came from McCain's advisors directly to him. We know Palin has a huge amount of respect for McCain and she was painstakingly committed to winning the election. She would never do something to jeopardize it. She's the type who takes hits and keeps on carrying on. So these advisors are clearly the ones who brought anything to McCain's attention, and it seems like McCain just left Palin to fend for herself.

Secondly, it's amazing that now McCain admits that there were clear tensions between his staff and her during the campaign - just in time for Palin's book to be released. I don't recall him admitting so much previously. It seems to me that he's doing a preemptive strike should anything be said about it in the book.

I have a great amount of respect for McCain, too. And I believe that he only has the best wishes for Palin at this point. I don't think that he believes what Palin's critics say about her. But it would be my wish if he disowned those advisors publicly and called them out for the backstabbing jerks they are. They deserve to have their careers ruined for what they did to Palin. But I know that's not how it works in Washington and McCain has been around a long, long time. We're just fortunate that we have Palin to turn Washington around hopefully in a few years.

Palin will be a strong force in 2012, McCain says
Last year’s Republican nominee for president predicted yesterday that Sarah Palin will remain a “formidable force’’ in the GOP, despite criticisms that the former vice presidential candidate lacked the substance and policy knowledge needed for national office.

Senator John McCain of Arizona said on CNN’s “State of the Union’’ he is still very fond of the former Alaska governor, whom he chose as his running mate for the Republican ticket in 2008. He said that there is a strong field of Republicans considering the 2012 presidential race, and that “Sarah is one of them.’’

McCain acknowledged that “there were clearly tensions’’ between some of his top campaign advisers and Palin’s camp during the run-up to the election, but he said that is natural in a hard-fought campaign. He said that although he does not always agree with Palin, her political popularity with many GOP voters is obvious.

“When we selected or asked Sarah Palin to be my running mate, it energized our party,’’ McCain said. “We were ahead in the polls, until the stock market crashed. And she still is a formidable force in the Republican Party.’’ -- WASHINGTON POST

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