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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 04:59 PM
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Memoir Is Palin’s Payback to McCain Campaign
“Going Rogue,” the title of Sarah Palin’s erratic new memoir, comes from a phrase used by a disgruntled McCain aide to describe her going off-message during the campaign: among other things, for breaking with the campaign over its media strategy, its decision to pull out of Michigan and for speaking out about reports that the Republican Party had spent more than $150,000 on fancy designer duds for her and her family. In fact, the most sustained and vehement barbs in this book are directed not at Democrats or liberals or the press, but at the McCain campaign. The very campaign that plucked her out of Alaska, anointed her the G.O.P.’s vice presidential nominee and made her one of the most talked about women on the planet — someone who could command a reported $5 million for writing this book.

In what reads like payback for McCain aides’ disparaging comments about her in the wake of the ticket’s loss to Barack Obama, Ms. Palin depicts the McCain campaign as overscripted, defeatist, disorganized and dunder-headed — slow to shift focus from the Iraq war to the cratering economy , insufficiently tough on Mr. Obama and contradictory in its media strategy. She also claims that the campaign billed her nearly $50,000 for “having been vetted.” The vetting, which was widely criticized in the press as being cursory and rushed, was, she insists, “thorough” : they knew “exactly what they’re getting.”

Some of Ms. Palin’s loudest complaints in this volume are directed at the McCain campaign’s chief strategist Steve Schmidt, who, ironically enough, was one of the aides to most forcefully make the case for putting her on the ticket in the first place, arguing to his boss, as Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson reported in their recent book “The Battle for America,” that she would shake up the race and help him get his “reform mojo back,” Robert Draper reported in the New York Times magazine that neither Mr. Schmidt nor Mr. McCain’s campaign manager Rick Davis apparently saw Ms. Palin’s “lack of familiarity with major national or international issues as a serious liability,” and that Mr. McCain, a former Navy pilot, saw the idea of upending the chessboard as a maverick-y kind of move.

All in all, Ms. Palin emerges from "Going Rogue" as an eager player in the blame game, thoroughly ungrateful toward the McCain campaign for putting her on the national stage. As for the McCain campaign, it often feels like a desperate and cynical operation, willing to make a risky Hail Mary pass in order to try to score a tactical win, instead of making a considered judgment as to who might be genuinely qualified to sit a heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/books/15book.html?hp=...
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 05:03 PM
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1. The Payback is really her SETBACK....stupid idiot never did learn CLASS.
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HopeHoops Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 05:04 PM
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2. It is a work of fiction at best.
I can't believe stores are even selling it. A dried up dog turd would be worth more than that trash.

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DefenseLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 05:06 PM
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3. Memoir is Palin's PayDAY.
That is the only thing she hopes to accomplish.
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Andy823 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 05:18 PM
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8. I agree.
It's all about the money now, anything she can do to make a buck, she is going to do! I am still not sure she wants to run for president in 2012, but I do think she wants to be able to use her nutjob followers as a power tool she can use to try and sway them to vote for whoever she picks, or should I say whoever will promise her the most for her endorsement!

I have a feeling she is going to divide the republican party even worse than it is now, and can't wait to see all the fireworks over what she put in that book! :evilgrin:
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 05:06 PM
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4. mccain put her on the world stage and she shits on him...what a gal
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 05:10 PM
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6. This is and has always been her MO.
The Alaska landscape is littered with the bodies of former supporters whom she has thrown under the bus. If the McCain campaign had done any of that famous "vetting" they're always talking about, they would have realized that she's poison.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 05:30 PM
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9. it's almost as if the media is her personal promotion team. the media does no vetting either.
you'd think this pattern would have been exposed by now?
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Trajan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 05:35 PM
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10. The media are actively working to rehabilite her as best they can ....
Not only her, but the GOP in general ....

NUMEROUS puff pieces by major media outlets declaring a resurrection of the Gay Old Party .... All conspicuously timed together this last month or so ...

This isn't subtle .... It is barely covert ....
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aint_no_life_nowhere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 05:07 PM
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5. After all this vindictive finger-pointing, how is she going to get anyone else to run with her?
If we have the great misfortune of having her on a national ticket again, who would want to be the running mate of someone who blames every misstep on anyone but herself?
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 05:12 PM
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7. It worked for Darth Cheney
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beltanefauve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-14-09 06:40 PM
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11. This sent a chill up my spine
because it is so true:

"Yet, Mr. McCain’s astonishing decision to pick someone with so little experience (less than two years as the governor of Alaska, and before that, two terms as mayor of Wasilla, a town with fewer than 7,000 residents) as his running mate and Ms. Palin’s own surprisingly nonchalant reaction to Mr. McCain’s initial phone call about the vice president’s slot (she writes that it felt “like a natural progression”) underscore just how alarmingly expertise is discounted — or equated with elitism — in our increasingly democratized era, and just how thoroughly colorful personal narratives overshadow policy arguments and actual knowledge."

I'm glad the author of this piece made note of the "dumbing down of America". Sad, though.
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