Monday, 10 November 2008


I'm waving goodbye to her, but something tells me we haven't seen the last of the appalling Sarah Palin. The Africa thing was fun, but now another thread of stories has broken out that she had to be bullied onto stage at times.

Details are now emerging from both campaign camps about what really went on behind the scenes and, not surprisingly, the Republican stories are increasingly fascinating as recriminations and back-biting break out in various quarters. This quote from a most excellent article about the final days of the campaign by the Newsweek team, to be found in its fascinating entirety here.

"The day of the third debate, Palin refused to go onstage with New Hampshire GOP Sen. John Sununu and Jeb Bradley, a New Hampshire congressman running for the Senate, because they were pro-choice and because Bradley opposed drilling in Alaska. The McCain campaign ordered her onstage at the next campaign stop, but she refused to acknowledge the two Republican candidates standing behind her. McCain himself rarely spoke to Palin (perhaps once a week when they were not traveling together, estimated one adviser). Aides kept him in the dark about Palin's spending on clothes because they were sure he'd be offended. In his concession speech, McCain praised Palin, but the body language between them onstage was not particularly friendly. (Palin had asked to speak; Schmidt vetoed the request.)"

What a shame that Hunter isn't around to see this. I rather think he'd have enjoyed it immensely.


Abu Dhabi Blogger said...

Well I hope we never see her face again. It was utterly shocking to see that a mammoth disgrace such as Palin was running for the office of VP. Politics is indeed a game full of surprises and strange occurrences! Sarah Palin is both, and of an agonizingly unpleasant nature. Her comments on the economy and rescue plan will always baffle me because I would have expected better answers from a college student. She was babbling about employment, trade and GDP growth without going anywhere about it. It was a disgrace of apocalyptic proportions.
But then again, there's Bush too...

Seabee said...

What's even more worrying is the number of Americans who would vote for her because they want a WalMart hockey mom 'someone just like me' to run the country.

Doesn't it take a little more than that?

Keefieboy said...

*Breathes a huge sigh of relief*. Some American channels (Fox, for example) seem to delight in portraying the US people as morons. Undoubtedly, some of them are.

But the majority are not, and the election of Obama brings hope to the US and the rest of the world. I've barely stopped crying since it happened!

Duffy said...

"I've barely stopped crying since it happened!"

Me too but for very different reasons I suspect.

Take the Palin stories with a healthy dose of salt. There's a lot of bitter recriminations going on now for the GOP and the old guard of the party are looking to throw her under the bus.

alexander... said...

Sling away, I say! Sling away!!! :)

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