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November 5, 2008

'WASILLA HILLBILLIES LOOTING NEIMAN MARCUS'.... There's plenty of time for the Republican recriminations to get completely out of hand, but in the meantime, would you believe McCain campaign aides are still fighting over Sarah Palin's wardrobe?

NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin's shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family -- clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards.

The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

Also yesterday, Steve Schmidt refused to say that adding Palin to the ticket was a good idea, and someone dished to Newsweek that McCain "rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign."

The point here isn't whether the Palin family behaved like "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus"; the point is that these reports suggest Palin will get the blame for much of what went wrong.

It started with McCain aides calling her a "diva," and progressed to at least one aide calling her a "whack job." Now she's a "Wasilla hillbilly"?

McCain's team couldn't destroy Obama, but they can certainly ruin Palin's future.

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The Smiths versus the Jones..yeeehawww.

Posted by: Jet on November 5, 2008 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK
the point is that these reports suggest Palin will get the blame for much of what went wrong.

Okay, fine. Palin is blame. Who's to blame for putting her on your ticket, Senator McCain?

Posted by: treetopn on November 5, 2008 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

Get the popcorn and some beer, I'm ready to watch this throwdown!

Posted by: Everett on November 5, 2008 at 3:07 PM | PERMALINK

Cute the country music:

"Oh, yes, I'm just an Okie from Wasilla.
Come on up and we'll just have a ball.
We'll shoot moose and wolf and anything that's moving,
And we'll buy up all the clothes in time for Fall."

Note to self: Do not, under any circumstances, give up day job for songwriting gig.

Posted by: Curmudgeon on November 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

Her readiness to get a bunch of free stuff for herself and her family certainly seems in keeping with her history in Alaska. That's pretty much the only state abusing the power of your office to get lots of free stuff at taxpayer expense rates as a minor indiscretion. Probably if she wants to get re-elected as governor she needs to up the ante. She's got a lot of competition there.

Posted by: Rob Mac on November 5, 2008 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

If they blame Palin, then the Republicans won't have to face up to the bankruptcy of their brand.

Posted by: Richard on November 5, 2008 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK


That was the only thing that allowed me to even bear her sneering visage - the knowledge that she is going to be eviscerated by her own party (and she didn't even realize it...the poor thing actually thought she was the "new face" of the party)

I'm looking forward to enjoying every minute of her downfall. It's going to be majestic.

Posted by: neilt on November 5, 2008 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

Palin won't stand a chance, they'll rip her apart now. There's a need for a scapegoat, but she clearly also didn't tell them the whole story on her sorry self -- and now it's payback time.

She sank McCain, now they'll blow her out of the water.

Posted by: SteinL on November 5, 2008 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

What treetopn said. That he would put the country in danger of that just shows how dishonorable he is.

Posted by: Gore/Feingold '16 on November 5, 2008 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

Now she's a "Wasilla hillbilly"?

Elitists.

Posted by: Danp on November 5, 2008 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

hey, it's all ok, all those clothes are, right now, off to the dry cleaner and then to goodwill, right? no problem.


Posted by: northzax on November 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

one of my favorite parts was palin saying that "next time" she's going to be a "uniter." how hilarious is that?

thank you, america. thank you, one and all.

Posted by: karen marie on November 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

I firmly believed Palin should be vanquished to a very warm place, but I have to disagree with the McCain stooges having any power over her future. These bums telegraph every move including this one (read: Diva!).

It should be no surprise to anyone that this hateful group of men who were responsible for the campaign that we've just seen finish are going to try and smear Palin in an effort to restore some sort of honor to McCain's legacy.

The fact remains, that the 'Hillbilly from Wasilly' did little to McCain's standings in the polls and his ultimate defeat. He ran 7-10 points behind when he picked her and ultimately lost by the same margin.

Had he truly expected a vp to carry the day, he shouldn't have ran. Blaming her for introducing the Ayers attacks won't convince anyone who had paid any attention before the end of August. These people don't belong in government. They lack the basic principles.

I am glad to see she got something sweet out of the deal. Hope she enjoys paying taxes on it.

Posted by: ThatGuy on November 5, 2008 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

The rats jumping McMaverick's sinking ship vs. the Wasilla Hillbillies? Now that's entertainment.

I'm with Everett on this. Pass the popcorn.

Posted by: ananke on November 5, 2008 at 3:19 PM | PERMALINK

"Wassillbilly?"

Double-word score!

Posted by: cazart on November 5, 2008 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

McCain "rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign."

I guess that explains why he didn't know that the plan was to loot Nieman Marcus and make their getaway on Todd's snow machine.

ROFLMAO.

Posted by: Racer X on November 5, 2008 at 3:24 PM | PERMALINK

"I'm looking forward to enjoying every minute of her downfall. It's going to be majestic."

- neilt

Yes, the fall will be grand, but the splat when she hits will be even better. So long, Sarah Roadkill!

Posted by: bdop4 on November 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

McCain's team couldn't destroy Obama, but they can certainly ruin Palin's future.

Fine by me. It would serve her right after handing Alaska government over to them during the Troopergate scandal, & doing their utmost on her behalf to ruin the careers of honorable Alaskans like state senator Hollis French and former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan.

Posted by: Mel on November 5, 2008 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

As someone who is one quarter hillbilly, I am offended by the implied association between hillbillies and those Alaskan vermin.


First, if they keep the clothes, it is a legal matter. Investigate and prosecute!


Second, don't let anyone forget that Sarah Palin lies, violates ethics laws, and traffics in the most divisive, hateful smears she can come up with. She has no expertise in a single matter important to running this country.


She will stay on the national political stage any way she can, and she should be held responsible for all these things. There are mainstream commentators who are ready to give her a pass for what she has done. Don't let them!

Posted by: chris on November 5, 2008 at 3:31 PM | PERMALINK

Back to the Yukon without a snow shovel....

The killer quote in the Newsweek piece:

Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request.
Posted by: koreyel on November 5, 2008 at 3:32 PM | PERMALINK

I believe this is what's known as poetic justice. Palin will get hers, and McCain will never be able to recover his honor from the smear campaign he willingly ran against Obama, even if his concession speech was gracious. I expect him to retire from the Senate in two years when his term is up and retreat to Arizona.

Posted by: Fiona on November 5, 2008 at 3:32 PM | PERMALINK

What did Jon Stewart call her? "The head of a family of grifters." That just seems more true all the time.

Posted by: Elf Sternberg on November 5, 2008 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps Palin will request earmarks from Congress for clothing to cover her failed effort for VEEP.

Posted by: MLJohnston on November 5, 2008 at 3:37 PM | PERMALINK

Icing the snow diva

Chris @ 3:32:

She will stay on the national political stage any way she can, and she should be held responsible for all these things. There are mainstream commentators who are ready to give her a pass for what she has done. Don't let them!

I couldn't agree more.

We need a permanent internet file, a list of links to a data base of quotes and facts about Palin.
When MSM forgets and fudges.. we will be empowered to remind them and demand a fair accounting.

Posted by: koreyel on November 5, 2008 at 3:38 PM | PERMALINK

McCain's team couldn't destroy Obama, but they can certainly ruin Palin's future.

One word,good.

Posted by: bobswire on November 5, 2008 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

For this, I will break out the caramel and nut popcorn!

Posted by: anon on November 5, 2008 at 3:48 PM | PERMALINK

NO EARMARKS FOR ALAKSA!

MLJohnston: Perhaps Palin will request earmarks from Congress for clothing to cover her failed effort for VEEP.

If there is one thing all Americans should be able to agree on it is this:

NO EARMARKS FOR ALAKSA!

Rugged individualists don't need any government handouts. It is time for the state that would return a convicted felon to the Senate to pay its fair share...

Posted by: koreyel on November 5, 2008 at 3:49 PM | PERMALINK

Palin isn't done. She said so, and the theocratic right that pushed her appears to like what it has seen. My guess is that she will ultimately end up in front of a jury for a corrupt political career just like the one enjoyed by Stevens. If she gets to be eighty when that happens and she gets to skim millions in the meantime, my guess is that would all be ok by her. While that is happening, it is also worth noting that the theocrats have not suffered at all. None of this attaches to them, and they almost surely made far more off the Palin stint as VP candidate than did Palin.

Posted by: Eric on November 5, 2008 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

I try to avoid indulging in Schadenfreude, but when the Schaden is so richly deserved, a little Freude is not out of order.

Posted by: noncarborundum on November 5, 2008 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

Not blinking has rewards besides saving your country from those who would invade and take away our freedoms. When you are called to sacrifice and to serve, SHOP!

Posted by: lou on November 5, 2008 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

Would be interesting to know how many Nieman-Marcus gifts end up in the Christmas stockings of her hand picked Personnel Board, which just exonerated her.

Posted by: berttheclock on November 5, 2008 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK

can we cut the bullshit now? Let's get over Sarah Palin right quick and keep our eye on the ball. This is the real story that was in that same newsweek write up.

"The computer systems of both the Obama and McCain campaigns were victims of a sophisticated cyberattack by an unknown "foreign entity," prompting a federal investigation, NEWSWEEK reports today.

At the Obama headquarters in midsummer, technology experts detected what they initially thought was a computer virus—a case of "phishing," a form of hacking often employed to steal passwords or credit-card numbers. But by the next day, both the FBI and the Secret Service came to the campaign with an ominous warning: "You have a problem way bigger than what you understand," an agent told Obama's team. "You have been compromised, and a serious amount of files have been loaded off your system." The following day, Obama campaign chief David Plouffe heard from White House chief of staff Josh Bolten, to the same effect: "You have a real problem ... and you have to deal with it." The Feds told Obama's aides in late August that the McCain campaign's computer system had been similarly compromised. A top McCain official confirmed to NEWSWEEK that the campaign's computer system had been hacked and that the FBI had become involved.

Officials at the FBI and the White House told the Obama campaign that they believed a foreign entity or organization sought to gather information on the evolution of both camps' policy positions—information that might be useful in negotiations with a future administration. The Feds assured the Obama team that it had not been hacked by its political opponents. (Obama technical experts later speculated that the hackers were Russian or Chinese.) A security firm retained by the Obama campaign took steps to secure its computer system and end the intrusion. White House and FBI officials had no comment earlier this week."

Posted by: grinning cat on November 5, 2008 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

heck ya. . .already have the google alert set.

Posted by: FLDem on November 5, 2008 at 3:57 PM | PERMALINK

They burned Joan of Arc at the stake. Sarah of Wasilla is getting off pretty light in some respects.

Posted by: demisod on November 5, 2008 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

Any one else notice how sad she looked in Phoenix last night?

Somehow, I just couldn't dredge up an ounce of sympathy, let alone, empathy for her.

The shopping spree cements, forever, my image of her as a bimbo.

Shallow Sarah, we hardly knew ya.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on November 5, 2008 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

Showing very good taste in clothes, at least she's good for something: fashion consultant. THAT should be her future.

Posted by: SteveB on November 5, 2008 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

I'd like to see legal action against her from the McCain campaign.

Unlikely, but I'd still like to see it.

Fraud, theft of campaign property, etc.

Would be one way of wrecking her future for good.

Posted by: Monkey on November 5, 2008 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

McCain's team couldn't destroy Obama, but they can certainly ruin Palin's future.

Good. Send that smarmy, vicious, pro-stupidity thug crawling back under her rock with no chance of return. Make sure she takes her husband, his snowmobiles, and their freebie-grasping litter with her. I'm sick to death of seeing them all in the media like it's supposed to be a point of national pride.

Posted by: Keori on November 5, 2008 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

Palin gets the blame, but who picked her?

Ultimately, it is McCain's fault

Posted by: Misplaced Patriot on November 5, 2008 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK

I always get here late, but: Don't worry about Sarah. The McC thugs will savage her and since they have no sense of proportion or class they will go too far, and we of the liberal inclination will feel sorry for her and she will be all sweet and contrite and wiggly and winky (which drives men wild apparently), and then bounce back with her own $1M advance tell-all plus maybe a talk-show, and return to contend another day.

Posted by: SF on November 5, 2008 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

...the poor thing actually thought she was the "new face" of the party... -neilt

Another commenter earlier said she was invited to the 'what went wrong' GOP retreat, and McCain wasn't, so maybe she is right. Actually, hopefully she is right.

Posted by: doubtful on November 5, 2008 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

This is entertaining an all, but will McCain blame the real culprit for his lose, the republican agenda. It's what made McCain reverse positions, pick Palin, and commence the personal attacks.

Palin was what she was, a religious goon who men seem to find attractive. I can not wait to hear what she says about McCain and the handlers he sent to help her. She is not going to pull any punches. She was the poster girl and catapulted into the big leagues and I bet right now, she is getting one hell of a lesson in politics. It is probably starting to sink in that she is going to be the fall guy and I bet she is going to lash out hard.

Posted by: ScottW on November 5, 2008 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

The Beverly Hillbillies analogy isn't perfect, but it fits somewhat well.

John McCain as the Milburn Drysdale character. A married older white guy. Has been rich for many years ("old money"). Has run in elite circles for many years. Lives in a warm climate in the SW part of the U.S.

Cindy McCain as the Margaret Drysdale character. A married older white woman. Also old money.

Sarah Palin as the Elly May Clampett character. An attractive younger white woman. Raised in a backwoods part of our country. Quite suddenly and quite recently came into money. Is socially unsophisticated and therefore tends to act in ways that bother old-money people.

Todd Palin as the Jethro Bodine character. A fairly tall, physically attractive man with dark hair. A backwoods kind of guy. Definitely more physical than cerebral. Like Elly May, is socially unsophisticated.

The Drysdales form what is intended to be a mutually beneficial alliance with Ms. Clampett and Mr. Bodine, but the the Drysdales end up being appalled by Ms. Clampett's and Mr. Bodine's boorish behavior. This strains the alliance.

Posted by: carpenter ant on November 5, 2008 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

You guys have it all backwards. She will get smeared by Mccain and his aides, but they are loathed by the party faithful. The base's tribalism runs deep and they think they've found a keeper in Palin. It's McCain whose gonna be left out in the wilderness. She was at rallies in Florida before the election where only her name was on a number of the banners displayed.

Posted by: Christopher Foote on November 5, 2008 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

I think you could see a lot of this during McCain's concession speech.

The look on the First Dude's unsmiling face spoke volumes. So did the abbreviated hand-shakes and half-hearted embrace at the end.

A very nasty, ruthless, ambitious couple. Back to being big fish in a small pond again, they will not simply go away. Luckily the "blogosphere" that they detest provides a rich digital archive that will always be there to remind people who they really are.

Posted by: Squeaky McCrinkle on November 5, 2008 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

I've heard it said that karma can be a bitch.

Posted by: sbg on November 5, 2008 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

Bah-Bye, Sarah...........you freak

Posted by: Palinoscopy on November 5, 2008 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

I've always thought that the Sarah spin on this did not add up. The idea that they bought a bunch of stuff she didn't request or need just didn't seem to match her previous M.O.

Rather it is per diem at your house or family travel on the public dime, Palin has always been ready to take advantage, so I suspect that this version of events, 'get a few suits' = 'decadently outfit your family' is probably closer to the truth.

Of course, it still does nothing to mitigate McCain's responsibility in selecting her. Or even, for that matter, the lack of control over his own compaign which would let an abuse like this occur. But I, for one, would be glad to see one group of GOoPers beat Sarah to death with a shovel and bury her back in Alaska.

Age will conspire to limit McCain's future harm, but Sarah could still wreak plenty of future damage, so a little 'fishing accident' (ala The Godfather) from McCain's people on her career seems like a good thing to me.

Posted by: Fitz on November 5, 2008 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

Palin deserves whatever she gets. She is mean spirited and I am convinced that her ditziness is pure schtick.

However...

By putting her on the ticket, she saved the seats of Ted Stevens and Don Young. I don't think the base would have been energized enough otherwise. You can credit her with helping to keep the Dems under 60 seats. (A long shot anyway, but I think you can credit her popularity with the hard core base in getting out the vote to keep Wicker, McConnell, and maybe Smith and Chambliss in office)

It would be a mistake to underestimate her or to dismiss her. Remember, if Stevens wins and is forced to resign, then the Governor gets to pick a replacement. Hey, you don't suppose we'll be seeing "Senator Palin" before too long?

Posted by: Vic on November 5, 2008 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

ok, give it a break, the Mccain-Palin party did not win. who cares what she was wearing, anyway...you didn't pay for it. She is a very intellegent person who has alot going for her and you people and the media can't come up with anything else about her so you talk about her clothes and the accent she talks with you, how shallow you must be!!!!!

Posted by: angie on November 5, 2008 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

Newsweek also gives perhaps the best reason for despising Palin:

The Obama campaign was provided with reports from the Secret Service showing a sharp and disturbing increase in threats to Obama in September and early October, at the same time that many crowds at Palin rallies became more frenzied.

Nice.

Posted by: Squeaky McCrinkle on November 5, 2008 at 4:49 PM | PERMALINK

The white redneck version of looting during a catastophic event, re:the McCain campaign.

Posted by: Terri on November 5, 2008 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

Nah, we talk about how much of an idiot she is....

Would all those nitwits who think Palin is "just like them" and how WONDERFUL she is please go listen to the conversation between her and the two Canadian shock jocks? Anyone with half a clue should have realized that it was fake. "Johnny Halliday"? "Nalin' Palin"? Someone buy this woman a clue, already!

The woman has the brain of a flea. A brain-damaged flea. In any face-off between her and someone like Putin, I know where I would place my bets. And you want her to run the country?

Not only will your flag decal not get you into Heaven, it isn't a substitute for brains, horse sense, and intelligence. Enter Palin, Exeunt USA.

Posted by: grumpy realist on November 5, 2008 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

It wouldn't be so easy to lampoon Sarah Palin as a greedy rube if she hadn't acted like one. She reminds me of those people you occasionally see on TV game shows, who are sealed into a giant plastic tube that has a fan in the floor. Somebody drops in a basket of dollar bills and turns on the fan, leaving the person in the tube two minutes to grab all the cash they can out of the greenback whirlwind. It's hilarious and horrifying at the same time. Such was Sarah's 15 minutes of fame. Thank you, Governor. We have some lovely parting gifts for you in the lobby.

Posted by: Jersey Tomato on November 5, 2008 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

how shallow you must be!!!!!

Don't blame us. We only report what McCain's own campaign is saying about her.

Hey, if that excuse works for the MSM, then why can't it work for the blogosphere?

Posted by: lobbygow on November 5, 2008 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

McCain's team couldn't destroy Obama, but they can certainly ruin Palin's future.

On the other hand, if they're as good at ruining her future as they were at running an election campaign, she doesn't have a thing to worry about.

Posted by: Cervantes on November 5, 2008 at 5:02 PM | PERMALINK

My new motto: So much Schadenfreude, so little time...

Curmudgeon:

Speaking of giving up daytime jobs for songwriting (or not), here's my new paean to Obama:

Para bailar Obama,
Para bailar Obama,
Se necessita una poca de gracia,
Una poca de gracia
Para mi, para ti, ay arriba, ay arriba,
Ay, arriba arriba
Por ti sere, por mi sere, por ti sere

Yo no soy marinero,
Yo no soy mariner, soy Presidente
Soy Presidente, soy Presidente!
Ay, ay, Obama!
Ay, ay, Obama!
Ay, ay, Obama!

Enjoy.

Re Palin: I would like to see her return to the wilds of Alaska, but the idea that she would return to "hunting" from an airplane is repulsive to me. However, she's going to be around for a while. Snarkily, we lefty blog hangerson need a replacement for Bush for low comedy, and who better than Palin?

Posted by: Wolfdaughter on November 5, 2008 at 5:04 PM | PERMALINK

Let's repeat this:

It wouldn't be so easy to lampoon Sarah Palin as a greedy rube if she hadn't acted like one.

She's brought this on herself by her own actions.

Posted by: gwangung on November 5, 2008 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

Remember, if Stevens wins and is forced to resign, then the Governor gets to pick a replacement.
===
Not quite. The law was changed after Frank Murkowski appointed his daughter Lisa as Senator. Alaska would hold a special election within 90 days of the vacancy; in the meantime the governor may or may not be allowed to choose an interim Senator.

Here's an Anchorage Daily News story that discusses the process and the controversy over the "interim Senator" concept in bewildering detail:

http://www.adn.com/ted-stevens/story/569836.html

Posted by: hubcap on November 5, 2008 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

I betcha she also looted the hotel rooms of all the towels, robes and anything else not nailed down.

Posted by: MissMudd on November 5, 2008 at 5:20 PM | PERMALINK

I can only hope they do destroy her career. She's poisonous.

Either that, or they try, and Sarah-cuda manages to destroy them! Either way, some big gob of ugliness gets removed from the public space...

Posted by: cmac on November 5, 2008 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

Here's one to keep you all up at night.

Senator Sarah Palin.

Feel free to laugh, but this is very real possibly. The scenario is actually pretty clear:

1 - Stevens wins reelection.
2 - The Senate votes to expel him
3 - Special eleciton in Ak- Begich (D) vs Palin(R).
4 - Palin wins. She still has around a 60% approval rating in AK.

Scary as it sounds she ain't done yet folks.

Posted by: thorin-1 on November 5, 2008 at 5:36 PM | PERMALINK

What the hell is wrong with you Benen? It should be obvious that Palin is perfectly capable of ruining her own future without the help of the McCain campaign.

My God, Man did you sleep through all her shenanigans....all the ways she tried charging the public for every single expense she could get away with. I would say the Wasilla hillbilly comment is probably perfectly accurate to describe taking advantage of the donors to get something for nothing for her and her family especially her manipulating husband who takes advantage of anything that keeps him from having to spend his own money. Palin is no victim here. She fits the description perfectly of nickel and diming anyone to save her own money. She and her family remind me of the types who always forget their checkbook when they go shopping if they know you have money. There's no way Palin can justify buying or accepting up to $200,000 worth of clothing for herself and family in a two month period as being even remotely "necessary" even as stupid as she is. She still gets away with anything as long as it's followed with a giggle, a wink and a smile ("Oh if you could only see how thrifty we really were...er...are." giggle, smile wink)

Posted by: bjobotts on November 5, 2008 at 5:39 PM | PERMALINK

Her shopping spree on someone else's dime is completely within character as we saw when she billed Alaska for her kids' plane trips and hotel bills, and when she claimed per diem for living at home.

"they can certainly ruin Palin's future."

But don't blame the McCain campaign for her shopping spree. She did that all by herself with someone not-her's credit card. To criticize the messenger for bad tidings is rude. For them to insult her by calling her a whack-job is something else, but she is responsible for her own actions and the McCain team or anyone else is entirely within their rights and obligations to bring her behavior to the attention of people who may be affected by her in the future.

Posted by: Texas Aggie on November 5, 2008 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

Some more choice nuggets from that Newsweek article:

"On the Sunday night before the last debate, McCain's core group of advisers—Steve Schmidt, Rick Davis, adman Fred Davis, strategist Greg Strimple, pollster Bill McInturff and strategy director Sarah Simmons—met to decide whether to tell McCain that the race was effectively over, that he no longer had a chance to win. The consensus in the room was no, not yet, not while he still had 'a pulse.'"

and

"The debates unnerved both candidates. When he was preparing for them during the Democratic primaries, Obama was recorded saying, "I don't consider this to be a good format for me, which makes me more cautious. I often find myself trapped by the questions and thinking to myself, 'You know, this is a stupid question, but let me … answer it.' So when Brian Williams is asking me about what's a personal thing that you've done [that's green], and I say, you know, 'Well, I planted a bunch of trees.' And he says, 'I'm talking about personal.' What I'm thinking in my head is, 'Well, the truth is, Brian, we can't solve global warming because I f---ing changed light bulbs in my house. It's because of something collective'."

That last one makes me feel even more comfortable with Obama.

Posted by: bdop4 on November 5, 2008 at 6:01 PM | PERMALINK

Today I read a thing originally from the WSJ that mentioned a meeting of McCain's people early in the campaign. They realized that there was no way he could win on issues so they decided to go negative and assault his character. This is the reason, or at least the main reason, that the campaign went the way it did. Sarah had nothing to do with the original decision, but the fact that she fit her part so well and so naturally says a lot about her.

I think that the McCain campaign is doing everyone a favor by revealing some of her misdeeds, although they shouldn't stoop to insults. That she isn't very well versed in what's going on in the real (as opposed to her fantasy religious world) is obvious and they don't need to elaborate on it anymore.

Posted by: Texas Aggie on November 5, 2008 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

Hey, leave her alone! It's not easy raising five retarded children!

Posted by: Mark on November 5, 2008 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

Vic: She is mean spirited and I am convinced that her ditziness is pure schtick.

I agree.

But I think that it would be best to just step back and let the Republican Party deal with her as they will, also. I'll admit that I'm chomping popcorn as madly as many of the commenters on this thread, but I'm wondering if it might be best to back off and focus on the work ahead, also.

If Obama is smart, and clearly he is, he should reach out to the moderate Republicans (the Hagels, Lugars, etc.), because the tasks ahead of him would make FDR quake, also. He's going to need all the help he can get, also.

It's the beginning of the end for the rabid wingnut base, also. Perhaps it's best to avert our eyes, also. (Okay, couldn't resist...)

Posted by: JM on November 5, 2008 at 6:50 PM | PERMALINK

grinning cat on November 5, 2008 at 3:54 PM : I saw the same and thought the same. Interesting that no-one else has latched on to this.

On the other hand: Now SP wants to turn into a 'uniter'???? I heard some snippets from an interview with her, how she wants to unite everybody, and work together etc, etc.

Posted by: YES WE CAN!!! on November 5, 2008 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

If team McCain's long knives really do crush Bible Spice's career, that would be a service to the country.

Come to think of it, between tanking his campaign and helping to elect Obama and possibly crushing Palin in the aftermath, we'd all owe him some thanks.

Posted by: short fuse on November 5, 2008 at 7:24 PM | PERMALINK

I know it is petty of me, but I am really, really, really going to enjoy watching the Republicans self-destruct in the next few months.

They may or may not be able to pull things back together for 2010 or 2012, but things are going to be very ugly for them and very entertaining for the rest of us in the short term.

Posted by: tanstaafl on November 5, 2008 at 8:00 PM | PERMALINK

Who cares what happens to Palin's image or reputation? Only a really stupid Republican could possibly imagine Palin as a future candidate.

Wait a minute. Stupid. Republican. That's redundant, right?

She is a Wasilla hillbilly. Helloo???

Posted by: Bea on November 5, 2008 at 8:20 PM | PERMALINK

She is a very intellegent person who has alot going for her[...] -- angie, @16:43

Eh? You got anything to bolster your contention that she's intelligent (or intellegent, if you prefer)? From all I've seen of her, my reading is that she has a certain "native wit", which permits her to grasp every opportunity to scrounge off others. But that's not the same as "intelligent"; not by a long shot. If she had been intelligent, she'd not have been so woefully ignorant on every subject except her faith in dinosaurs.

Posted by: exlibra on November 5, 2008 at 8:38 PM | PERMALINK

Sarah the Grifter. Just can't wait for the really juicy stuff.

Posted by: MissMudd on November 5, 2008 at 8:54 PM | PERMALINK

"Would you believe McCain campaign aides are still fighting over Sarah Palin's wardrobe?"

They'll have one hell of a fight getting Rudy Giuliani's hands off of those dresses.

Posted by: Ghost of Joe Liebling's Dog on November 5, 2008 at 9:14 PM | PERMALINK

Let us not forget that we owe Palin a debt of gratitude. She may be the single strongest reason Obama was elected by such a landslide.

Posted by: kat on November 5, 2008 at 9:18 PM | PERMALINK
Palin gets the blame, but who picked her?

Ultimately, it is McCain's fault

Everyone who is saying this is missing the point; McCain is irrelevant. He lost, he's done, he's in the past. The post mortems (that started before election day) either blaming Palin for the loss or blaming the mishandling of Palin for the loss are the opening shots in the fight for the future of the Republican Party, and Palin is a symbol for one faction (used both by its supporters and its opponents). McCain has no similar role.


Posted by: cmdicely on November 5, 2008 at 10:26 PM | PERMALINK

Please run in 2012 Palin! We need a born again loser.

Posted by: dhansen on November 6, 2008 at 1:15 AM | PERMALINK

We also now learn that Sarah Palin alarmed the campaign when she couldn't name the member countries of NAFTA and didn't know that Africa was a continent.

Sure its easy to laugh at her, but there is a far more serious question to be asked in all of this: where was the judgement of the Republican Party (not just John McCain and his campaign) in allowing someone like Palin on the ticket. It was a long shot, but McCain could have won. If he had the Republican Party would have put the nation in the gravest of danger with someone so woefully unqualified, ill-informed, and intellectually immature that close to the office of the President.

They have some 'splainin' to do.

Posted by: Saint Zak on November 6, 2008 at 6:39 AM | PERMALINK

All of this does not surprise me....When I first heard Palin speak the first thing that came into my mind was "scammer". During her speech on Public Policy last month I found the statement that she and her husband were so glad they "Made the right CHOICE" in regard to carrying their Downs Syndrome child to term was strange to say the least. As the supporter and advocate for Pro Life that she has claimed to be she should have known there is no CHOICE, why would she even consider anything but carrying her child to term. The clincher was another statement I'll paraphrase. "After all, after being a Pro Life advocate how would it look if I didn't have this child?" Although I'm Prochoice, I do have friends who are ProLife and they wouldn NEVER consider terminating a pregnancy for ANY reason.

Posted by: Mary on November 6, 2008 at 6:59 AM | PERMALINK

Alaskans? Hillbillies?

Elitist much?

Yo! Alaska! Democrats won't bite. Promise.
Give us a try.

Could we POSSIBLY be worse????

They work out reasonably well "down here".

Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on November 6, 2008 at 8:00 AM | PERMALINK

Bill Clinton was a hillbilly, too. But he's as elite as they come because he's smart, ambitious, and hardworking. When he ran for his first term I was working in a newsroom and to a man/woman, all of the reporters - most of them national reporters - used to return from talking to him impressed by how smart and informed he was. If knowing which countries signed NAFTA is enough to make you an elitist, then I think we've set the bar a little low. Buying into the "elitist" argument is buying into Republican framing. Everyone wants to be elite. Did your mother send you off to school every day telling you to fool around and make sure you bring home lots of "C"s? No - I'm sure she told you to work hard and get lots of "A"s. We've had enough toleration of genial mediocrity - right now we need some star performers, and if they come with Alaskan, Arkansan or Jersey accents - more power to them.

Posted by: Jersey Tomato on November 6, 2008 at 9:49 AM | PERMALINK

Angie, just what do you mean when you say "intelligent" ?

Posted by: ceejay on November 6, 2008 at 11:33 AM | PERMALINK

This was a campaign that was publicly financed. So we should be upset that with public campaign monies that were used for this purpose. To spout that she dresses from consignment stores is a crock.

Posted by: WhatIthink on November 6, 2008 at 12:40 PM | PERMALINK

(However) to say raising (five) "retarded" children, is way out of line!

Let's leave her family out of this, and she has one child who has Down's. That is totally, totally, irrelevant.

She does some things many of us don't agree with, but let's be "decent" here

Posted by: WhatIthink on November 6, 2008 at 12:56 PM | PERMALINK

I believe everything being said about Palin (diva, whack job, Wasilla hillbilly) is true, but the key fact in the story remains McCain's having chosen her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. McCain is, without a doubt, the Whack Job-in-Chief.

Posted by: Bwana on November 6, 2008 at 2:28 PM | PERMALINK

Well, I find all this Palin bashing unfounded. I have it on good authority that President Elect Obama will be offering a Cabinet position to Palin, to head the Department of Interior...Decorating. I hear tell that Obama was impressed with her $50,000 decorating of her office when she was Mayor of Wasilla. :)

Posted by: MichaelSF on November 6, 2008 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

So will we see those medical records now? Any chance they might be leaked by the McCain campaign? I still want to know whose baby it was...

Posted by: hazmat on November 6, 2008 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

Palin has bigger things to worry about than what aides will leak about her. She has the blood on her hands of innocent animals that she murdered. I truly believe we will be judged on how we have treated all life on this planet as well as the planet itself. If karma doesn't get her in this life it will in the next. You betcha.

Posted by: cathead on November 6, 2008 at 9:54 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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