McCain Cronies Trying To Throw Gov. Palin Under the Bus

November 6, 2008

And Erick Erickson is naming names with his Operation Leper:

Initial list:

  1. Nichole Wallace
  2. Steve Schmidt
  3. Mark McKinnon

Michelle has the details of what appears to be an attempt by McCain loyalists to pin the blame on the epic fail on Gov. Palin. They are trying to preserve their Washington careers and looking to throw someone under the bus.

Sarah Palin worked her heart out. She energized tens of thousands to come out who would have otherwise stayed home. She touched countless families. I didn’t agree with everything she said on the campaign trail. But two fundamental conservative stands she took mattered greatly to me: She vigorously defended the Second Amendment and the sanctity of life more eloquently in practice than any of the educated conservative aristocracy.

And she did it all with a tirelessness and infectious optimism that defied the shameless, bottomless attempts by elites in both parties to bring her and her family down.

Shame on the smearers who don’t have the balls to show their faces.

Good job MM, you tell ’em

and from CNN:

Randy Scheunemann, a senior foreign policy adviser to John McCain, was fired from the Arizona senator’s campaign last week for what one aide called “trashing” the campaign staff, three senior McCain advisers tell CNN.

One of the aides tells CNN that campaign manager Rick Davis fired Scheunemann after determining that he had been in direct contact with journalists spreading “disinformation” about campaign aides, including Nicolle Wallace and other officials.

“He was positioning himself with Palin at the expense of John McCain’s campaign message,” said one of the aides.

Governor Palin responded with class and dignity:

Palin arrives in Anchorage after a long trip home from Alaska. She holds a press conference. Refuses to comment on gossip spread by unnamed sources and “small, bitter” people saying “foolish things”…on relationship with McCain: No tension. “I love him…I honor him.”

Responding to a question on whether she has any “hurt feelings,” Palin laughs cheerfully. “This is politics! Of course not. It’s rough and tumble and you’ve got to have a thick skin just like I’ve got.”

Palin expresses “disappointment in the media — don’t take it personally.”

She is right. For all his shortcomings, McCain is a good man that did an admirable job. The actions of his aides should not be attributed to him. Rest assured my friends, Gov. Palin will be around for a very long time. Consider the next four years to be a montage scene where Gov. Palin prepares herself for the national stage. In 2012, she will have been a six year governor and the top fundraiser for the GOP. Like Steve Rogers after he takes the Super-Soldier Serum.



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  2. Yet again, Palin proves she’s a classy lady. Shame on those political snakes who insist on acting like Democrats.

    While I absolutely love and respect McCain, I called myself a Palin-tologist the moment I first read about her. Not only did she have more executive experience than all three other men combined, but she honestly had more balls. Here’s a lady who not only is firm in what she believes, but has no problem backing it up a hundred percent.

    Sure, she had a few media faux pas, but no one is perfect. With four more years of knowledge and experience under her belt, this might be absolutely what the Republican party needs to revitalize and reinvent itself.

  3. “Throwing her under the bus” is the current catch phrase bantered about. I feel it is much more insidiously negative. The people who are doing this are from not only the elite media but from the inside of the campaign itself. Be mindful that some of these people worked as hard as they did only because they were in hopes of an appointment or position in the administration. Now they are faced with the fact that they are going to have to get a real job that isn’t handed to them. I’m thankful for that given their conduct so far. One can only imagine the infighting and damage they could do within an administration. These people are little more than sycophantic bottom feeders and would be better served in the private corporate sector where cannibalism is a daily part of business as usual. Bottom line is Sarah was in no way responsible for the carnage of Monday. The responsibility lies firmly with the “strategists” who steered this noble effort straight into the ground. May we never hear from them again, at least in the political arena.

  4. I just signed the petition to Sarah Palin. She did a honest, and exhausting campaign with John McCain. I feel alot of the blame should’ve been directed at he staffers and their incompetence. I hope NOBODY will hire these idiots for anything. I still think they must have been BO supporters, because if they tried they couldn’t have sabotaged McCain and Palin any worse. I think all of their names should be front and center. No hiding behind any confidentiality BS. If it’s out in the MEDIA, their name must be too!! Sarah was used, and put into interviews with the MSM, instead of Fair and Balanced. McCains people knew this, yet threw her to the “Dogs”. Even the average person like myself would have known not to put Sarah out on an interview with people that are in the tank for her opponent. I would LOVE TO KNOW THEIR NAMES of these cowards, and they need to have someone go after them for an interview!! Lets see if THEY can answer the hard questions!! They must have been BO supporters, on a sabotage mission!!

  5. Incredibly well executed article

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