This might make me very unpopular, but I have to be honest, I now think McCain picking Sarah Palin for his Vice-President was a mistake … that is; if what he really was looking for in a VP was nothing more than a highly-scripted cheerleader, then picking Governor Palin was not the wisest decision; In fact, it could not just lose him the election, but end up prematurely terminating the career of a future party star.
The Sarah Palin that I am seeing giving the same shop-worn speech (with only minor variations) at campaign spot after campaign spot, and looking bewildered at Katie Couric because she is clearly trying to massage her answers into line with memorized McCain talking points is not the same woman that got all of us so excited here;
It was easy to dismiss the Left’s screams for Sarah Palin to make herself available to Obama’s reporters’ “tough questions” because, as they insisted, she had not been “vetted“, of course, by them. When Rick Davis said that the McCain Campaign had their own timetable and that it was not necessarily going to be in line with that of Washington pundits and commentators, I was glad.
However, the Palin media blackout has lasted at least three weeks past its sell-by date, giving the meme that she is an utterly unqualified gimmick pick the essential time and space for repetition necessary to gain a significant level of credibility with the same Independent and swing voter demographic that had given McCain’s prospects a boost when he unveiled her as his VP.
Worse was that even while knowing that whatever Press she would face would be hostile, the so-called experts at the helm of the McCain campaign did not anticipate that Palin would need some protection from standard media tricks – i.e. she should have brought her own camera man to the interview with Charles Gibson. This was obvious after the first day of the three day interview series. The fact that she failed to do so for the interview with Katie Couric is a sign of negligence.
Third, and perhaps worst, is that the McCain campaign is not letting Palin be Palin. McCain’s people seem to be forgetting that she is an asset to the ticket not because she’s McCain’s biggest fan, but because of who she is and what she has managed to accomplish in such a short time in Alaska. This scripted muzzled lady is not the pitbull in lipstick that was promised to us at the RNC.
Unless it’s all part of a cunning plan and in the most amazing performances in Presidential campaign history, Palin is going to wallop Joe Biden into a dazed confusion during their debate, it’s time the lady, unleashed and unmuzzled, held some Press Conferences, took some more interviews, and started making the talk show rounds.
Share on Facebook 1 1 SHARES Well this will be … interesting. Sure. Let’s use that word. It should be interesting. This is a live feed from the Trump HQ where you’ll be able to watch. It is dropping in and out a bit but will hopefully be solid once the speech begins. That’s the live feed. Of the headquarters for Donald Trump. Who people | Read More »
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Share on Facebook 1 1 SHARES The polls are closed in New Hampshire. Well … mostly closed. But already MSNBC has called it for Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton. And for Republicans … Donald Trump. React accordingly. We await what will surely be one of the most … interesting victory speeches maybe in Republican Primary history. Denver to Host 2016 RedState Gathering…click here for more | Read More »
Share on Facebook 1 1 SHARES The lines in New Hampshire are crazy. And it seems that some polling places will be staying open late to accommodate them. Polls Staying Open Late in N.H. Town Due to Long Lines https://t.co/Btu1TiHFSD — Massachusetts News (@Massachusetts00) February 10, 2016 And check out these two reports, one from CNN and one from MSNBC, both in the last 30 | Read More »
Share on Facebook 1 1 SHARES So Decision Desk HQ (formerly the Ace of Spades Decision Desk) has released their exit polling data and if this holds up, it is great news for Donald Trump, very good news for John Kasich and bad news for Marco Rubio. As for Chris Christie, he can go home: Trump 36% Cruz 15% Kasich 15% Rubio 11% Bush 10% | Read More »