Palin Dumber and Meaner Than We Thought

palin.gifAt 72, John McCain likely had his last campaign this week but Palin is just starting. And, according to many on the right, Sarah Palin’s future in politics is bright.

Although Palin hasn’t specifically outlined her future political aspirations, in a post-election People Magazine interview she said, “I am neither bitter nor vanquished, but very confident in the knowledge that there will be another day.”

Perhaps this explains the contrasting styles McCain and Palin have exhibited since leaving the campaign trail.

Unlike McCain who hasn’t been in the news much since election night, Sarah Palin continues to make herself available to the press. In a piece by ABC News reporters Imtiyaz Delawala and Bret Hovell, McCain and Palin have taken two very different paths as they’ve gone their separate ways.

In contrasting the two, the reporters noted their departures as they left the Arizona Biltmore Hotel where McCain gave his concession speech. Wrote Delawala and Hovel, “McCain drove himself in his own gold Toyota Sequoia SUV”. . . while “Palin left the Arizona Biltmore hotel Wednesday afternoon in a motorcade stretching more than a dozen vehicles, flanked by a dozen more cops on motorcycles.”

While this difference in style may or may not support the “diva” characterizations of Palin that have come out of the McCain camp in the past week, it might lead some to wonder if the other damaging “leaks” from the McCain have some basis in fact.

In a televised report on Fox, Carl Cameron of Fox News gave a scathing report of the tensions within the McCain/Palin campaign.

Of course, Palin’s lack of knowledge on domestic and foreign policy was obvious to anyone watching the Palin / Couric interviews. However, according to Cameron, McCain staffers claim that Palin’s knowledge gap was much worse than what was evidenced in those interviews. For example, they claim she did not know that Africa was a continent nor could she name all of the countries in the North American continent. Cameron went on to say the staffers claimed she also lacked basic civics knowledge of governmental structure.

For most of us who were glued to the campaign, Palin was an unknown. We sought information anywhere we could find it but had a hard time finding much.Although there were few reports from Alaska circulating during the presidential campaign, there was one from Anne Kilkenny who claimed to have known Palin for many years. Kilkenny’s essay paints Palin as an opportunist with no real position on anything. She called Palin, “Sarah Barracuda” because of her unbridled ambition and predatory ruthlessness.” Kilkenny also emphasized, more than once that Palin is vindictive.

In an interview conducted by Charley James, Lucy a waitress who served Palin confirmed that she had heard Palin make a pretty nasty statment. Then there were the reports from the McCain camp of Palin’s temper tantrums and verbal attacks on some staffers that brought them to tears. Based on these allegations, both Anne Kilkenney and Lucy the Waitress aren’t likely to be happy that Palin is returning to Alaska.We’ll see what the future holds for Palin. Depending on the outcome of Ted Steven’s appeal, there could be a lot more drama stirred up in “The Last Frontier” in the near furture.

Stay tuned. . . . . . .

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by Sharon Kyle

Sharon Kyle is the Publisher of the LA Progressive.

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Comments

  1. says

    The McCain leakers can say what they will and point all the fingers they want. Ultimately, McCain chose her — and he is to blame.

    How interesting this all is: My 12-year-old son seems to be much more qualified (save for age) to be our nation’s vice-president. Thank goodness the American electorate did the correct thing by going left.

  2. Su says

    Yes, it’s difficult for me to suss out what of these reports is factual and what is based on the McCain camp blaming their loss on her. This strikes me as sour grapes considering she ultimately was not as popular as they expected her to be.

    Alaska law calls for a special election to fill a vacant seat. The governor may appoint a temp, but he or she would only serve until the special election is held – probably 60-90 days.

    It’s entirely possible she could run for the vacancy, and what’s most frightening about this is that many of the arguments against her (lack of experience, qualifications, knowledge) will be negated after four years in the senate. Progressives and liberals will have to strategically re-focus our opposition to her on the basis of her policies!

  3. TCinLA says

    Well, we’re definitely going to hear a lot more of her. Go over to RedState.org, and they have founded “Operation Leper” with the goal of driving anyone who doesn’t believe in Sarah Palin out of the GOP (one can only hope!). Over at Salon’s War Room, Tom Schaller posted an e-mail ad a friend sent him for “Palin 2012″ with the slogan “You can keep ‘the change’.” (Again, one can only hope!)

    Lots of people are saying that when Ted Stevens is expelled from the Senate (the only question there is will it happen during the lame-duck season or after the inauguration), that Sarah will appoint herself to the office, or she will run for it if they have a special election.

    I agree with Campbell Brown on CNN, who said today that the people in the McCain organization now telling us the truth about Sarah are the ones who need to be ashamed, since they were the ones who chose her, failed to vet her, and then foisted her off as “qualified” despite knowing all they now tell us.

  4. PleaseNoPalin says

    Great article Sharon. There are plenty other Republican women with the smarts and the experience to run for office. If Palin is the example the Republican’s want to rally behind as the future of the party, then it is likely that the Democrats have a distinct advantage for another 24 years or so. They’ll take her off the radar for a while, polish her, and reintroduce her as a more mature candidate. However, I think what we heard and saw is who she really is. As a VP or President, Palin in the job at any time would be a serious problem for our country. Palin helped me out of the Republican party.

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