Friday, November 07, 2008

Two weeks? Try two days! The Throwing Sarah Palin Under the Bus Story: Part II

The throwing Palin under the bus tour continues… and today Palin herself fires back while CNN’s Campbell Brown throws out what everyone (at least Scott & I) has been thinking.

Last week, one of Sen. McCain’s most loyal and longest-serving confidants, Randy Scheunemann, was fired… and while an official reason was never given, now that the campaign is over, the rumors are starting to swirl.

Three senior McCain advisers told CNN that he was fired for “trashing” the campaign staff, adding that campaign manager Rick Davis fired Scheunemann after determining that he had been in direct contact with journalists and was spreading “disinformation” about various campaign aides.

The bigger shock was that Scheunemann, who became close to Palin (eewwwwwwwww) during debate prep, was “positioning himself with Palin” (ewwwwwwww again) at the expense of the McCain campaign’s message.

Meaning he was propping up Palin and throwing McCain and his campaign under the… well, you know…

After being battered by the McCain campaign for two days, Palin is now shooting back, with her spokeswoman calling the charges being circulated by former campaign aides “sickening” and Palin herself saying that the advisers spreading the rumors were ‘small, evidently bitter’ people.

And CNN’s Campbell Brown raised an excellent point yesterday… rebuking the McCain aides that had been telling the stories about Palin to anyone that would listen.

Said Brown; “To those McCain aides who say she is the reason they lost this election… can I please remind you of one thing: you picked her. You are the ones who supposedly vetted her, and then told the American people she was qualified for the job. You are the ones who after meeting her a couple of times, told us she was ready to be just one heartbeat away from the Presidency. … If Sarah Palin is the reason some voters chose Barack Obama, that is no one’s fault but your own. […] John McCain, as he so graciously said himself the other night, lost this election. He lost it with your help, your advice, your guidance, and yes, your running mate recommendations. […] And that is crystal clear to everyone, no matter how hard you try to blame Sarah Palin or anyone else.”

Ms. Brown is right as Palin did the campaign no favors other than offer some sizzle and pop in the days immediately following her roll-out… but alas, the sizzle died down and all that was left was style and NO substance.

Granted, one could argue that the McCain campaign did not truly pick Palin and that her selection was more-so the choice of the party and Karl Rove.

Having said that… the buck DOES stop at the top as it’s the captain of the ship who is ultimately responsible for everything that happens on it, and it still doesn’t take away from the fact that the entire McCain campaign went along with her selection and spun lied about her qualifications and ability to lead.

And yet there seems to be a disconnect here as many republican spin doctors were trying to foist Palin onto the American public even though they knew she was grossly unqualified for the job. This wasn’t about putting ‘Country First’ this was a marketing gimmick, pure and simple.

Think about it; why would anyone, regardless of political or religious ideology, want to do this?

Easy… it all comes down to winning.

How a person can be a drag on a ticket but in the same sentence be labeled as the future of the party is anyone’s guess… and with Palin now trying to go sound-bite for sound-bite with McCain’s people, it’s doubtful the accusations and sniping, or for that matter her ascension, are over as each side tries to get the last word in, so expect more to happen in the days, weeks, months and possibly even years ahead.

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