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Media’s Special Project – Destroy Sarah

Honestly, does anybody even read Newsweek? Even at the dentist’s?

In case you missed it, Newsweek is running a “Special Project,” the purpose of which if obviously to burnish the image of the Anointed One and to destroy Governor Sarah Palin forever.

Mind you, Newsweek’s article is extremely subtle.

See if you can notice any bias in these few examples from their highly damning bill of particulars:

Hackers and Spending Sprees

Highlights from NEWSWEEK’s special election project.

NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

A Palin aide said: “Governor Palin was not directing staffers to put anything on their personal credit cards, and anything that staffers put on their credit cards has been reimbursed, like an expense. Nasty and false accusations following a defeat say more about the person who made them than they do about Governor Palin.”

McCain himself rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign, and aides kept him in the dark about the details of her spending on clothes because they were sure he would be offended. Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request. …

Among the other revelations from the special project:

   * The Obama campaign was provided with reports from the Secret Service showing a sharp and disturbing increase in threats to Obama in September and early October, at the same time that many crowds at Palin rallies became more frenzied. Michelle Obama was shaken by the vituperative crowds and the hot rhetoric from the GOP candidates. “Why would they try to make people hate us?” Michelle asked a top campaign aide.

   * Palin launched her attack on Obama’s association with William Ayers, the former Weather Underground bomber, before the campaign had finalized a plan to raise the issue. McCain’s advisers were working on a strategy that they hoped to unveil the following week, but McCain had not signed off on it, and top adviser Mark Salter was resisting.

   * McCain also was reluctant to use Obama’s incendiary pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, as a campaign issue. The Republican had set firm boundaries: no Jeremiah Wright; no attacking Michelle Obama; no attacking Obama for not serving in the military. McCain balked at an ad using images of children that suggested that Obama might not protect them from terrorism. Schmidt vetoed ads suggesting that Obama was soft on crime (no Willie Hortons). And before word even got to McCain, Schmidt and Salter scuttled a “celebrity” ad of Obama dancing with talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres (the sight of a black man dancing with a lesbian was deemed too provocative).

   * At the GOP convention in St. Paul, Palin was completely unfazed by the boys’ club fraternity she had just joined. One night, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter went to her hotel room to brief her. After a minute, Palin sailed into the room wearing nothing but a towel, with another on her wet hair. She told them to chat with her laconic husband, Todd. “I’ll be just a minute,” she said.

Is it not to laugh? The increased threats against Mr. Obama — due to (you guessed it) the rabble rousing Sarah Palin.

Is there nothing she is not guilty of? Is she not solely responsible for global warming and most forms of cancer?

Mind you, the article somehow neglects to mention that Governor Palin was completely exonerated for her alleged crimes in Troopergate at literally the eleventh hour before the election.

And exactly who would be offended by Sarah Palin sailing into a room wearing nothing but a towel?

Are we all homosexuals now? Or is it just that they are now the majority in political campaigns and news rooms?

But isn’t this all too familiar? Haven’t we seen very similar stories come out in the press whenever John McCain has lost in the past?

No wonder he is a darling of the media — and will soon be again.

He’s so honorable, you know.

And, alas, it isn’t just Newsweek. See the comments below for BillK’s posts of some of the now ubiquitous media attacks on Sarah Palin.

The word has obviously gone out. We can’t have a charismatic conservative left standing. She must be destroyed.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 6th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

39 Responses to “Media’s Special Project – Destroy Sarah”

  1. texaspsue says:

    Because we all need a good laugh……………………

    Obama Cultists Cope With Emptiness of Own Lives After Campaign

    http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/194793.php

  2. BillK says:

    Yes, McCain’s gone, but Palin must be destroyed, now and forever.

    From our friends at Newsweek:

    Hackers and Spending Sprees

    Highlights from NEWSWEEK’s special election project.

    NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin’s shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent “tens of thousands” more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as “Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast,” and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.

    A Palin aide said: “Governor Palin was not directing staffers to put anything on their personal credit cards, and anything that staffers put on their credit cards has been reimbursed, like an expense. Nasty and false accusations following a defeat say more about the person who made them than they do about Governor Palin.”

    McCain himself rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign, and aides kept him in the dark about the details of her spending on clothes because they were sure he would be offended. Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request. …

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/167581/page/1

    You see, Palin must be destroyed by both sides – to prevent her returning in 2012 as well as so that McCain staffers can blame it all on that hillbilly right-wing woman and get hired by the next GOP campaign.

    The utter and total destruction of Palin by the MSM is just beginning… because as perhaps the future figurehead of conservatism she scares the left and the GOP.

  3. BillK says:

    Newsweek unleashes the nukes on Palin, part two.

    From Us Magazine (!):

    Sarah Palin Greeted Male GOP Staffers Wearing Only a Towel

    Sarah Palin once greeted John McCain’s male campaign staffers wearing nothing but a towel, according to Newsweek’s Special Election Project.

    According to Newsweek, at the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter went to Palin’s room to brief her. After a minute, Palin came into the room with a towel wrapped around her body, and another on her wet hair.

    Palin told them to chat with her husband, Todd, “I’ll just be a minute,” she said.

    The Special Election Project allowed reporters to gather information on the presidential campaigns with an agreement that none of their reporting would be published until after Election Day. …

    http://www.usmagazine.com/news/sarah-palin-greeted-male-gop-staffers-wearing-only-a-towel

    Yep, she must be thoroughly and completely destroyed.

  4. sheehanjihad says:

    and as if destroying the McCain campaign wasnt enough, the grossly incompetent staffers are now throwing Palin under the bus to protect themselves for running what has to be the worst campaign in history.

    Now it makes more sense, Palin was being dissed more by McCain staffers than she was by the MSM, and that is saying a lot, and it leads me to believe that most of the dirt the MSM used against her was handed to them on a silver platter.

    Palin may well decide to run again in 2012, and I think if she is allowed to be herself she could very well be a force to be reckoned with. The MSM has shot their wad on the dirt, people will go “yeah yeah, what’s new” and she may be able to actually concentrate on issues rather than wipe the blood off of her back.

    Jindal/Palin or vice versa sounds pretty good to me. Too bad the GOP and the RNC are suffering from a massive case of cranial rectal inversion, and will instead focus on someone who has no chance of winning. Time will tell, and we will have to see just how much damage all this “change” will bring.

    Anyway, it’s too bad that Palin had to endure the betrayal and backstabbing of selfish incompetent staffers efforts to discredit her for their own stupid selfish reasons. Politics needs change more than this country does.

  5. BillK says:

    Palin must be destroyed, part three (and that’s just today.)

    From Scripps:

    Palin faces questions, different landscape back home in Alaska

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Can Sarah Palin go home again?

    In the 68 days since Alaska’s governor began her run for vice president, things have changed on the home front. Some of her former allies are fuming, and former enemies are lying in wait. Public perceptions of the governor have also changed. Has the governor changed as well?

    Questions about Palin’s future began to circulate at Alaska’s Election Central on Tuesday night almost as soon as the national election results came in.

    Will she be the old Palin, a populist who worked with Democrats to achieve victories in the state legislature, or the sharp partisan from the national campaign?

    At an Alaska Obama gathering Tuesday night, some celebrants said they were disappointed by the new Palin they saw in the campaign.

    “All the alliances she used to get things done have been shattered,” said Kate Troll, executive director of the Alaska Conservation Alliance. “She comes back to unknown territory.”

    But some Republican legislators who have backed Palin in the past said they thought she could resume her leadership style now that she was back to her old job. Her support was built around issues, not party loyalty, said state GOP Rep. Paul Seaton.

    “If she takes the same course her next two years and picks issues with broad consensus, it won’t change at all,” Seaton said.

    Feelings get raw in campaigns and then everyone gets back to work, said Democratic state Sen. Hollis French, who directed the legislature’s Troopergate inquiry. He said he’s more worried about Palin’s future relations with the federal government, whose help is needed on loan guarantees and rights of way to get the gas pipeline built.

    “I hope the new president has a magnanimous soul,” French said.

    Even more imponderable are questions about Palin’s future priorities. Will she try to repair her old relationships, or continue as the warrior cheered by a national conservative base? Will her social-conservative allies in Alaska sit quietly on the sidelines, as they did during the first two years of her term? Will Palin be looking ahead at a national race in 2012, or at another term as governor? Or perhaps a run for U.S. Senate? And how will those ambitions affect the choices she makes in the near term?

    “I think she just has to be Sarah,” said Rep. Bob Lynn, R-Anchorage.

    Palin has given no hints. Her chief spokesman in the governor’s office, Bill McAllister, said her aggressive role in the presidential campaign reflected the job she was given, not a change of character.

    “It’s like a diamond with multiple facets,” McAllister said. He predicted a return to the nonpartisan governing approach of her first two years. McAllister noted that Democrats last week came forward to defend the natural gas pipeline deal they worked out with Palin against criticism in the national press.

    “We took that as an encouraging sign, that Democrats came forward after all the bad blood,” McAllister said.

    Still, there are some messes to clean up.

    For starters, there’s Troopergate. Palin has to be happy with the vindication from the Personnel Board investigation, which contradicted a similar investigation made by an investigator hired by lawmakers into her firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. But questions about the conflicting sworn testimonies of Palin and Monegan remain to be sorted out.

    Moreover, attacks by the McCain campaign’s “Truth Squad” against legislators involved in the Troopergate investigation have left a bad taste among Alaska Democrats, who were allied with Palin on important oil and gas priorities of her first two years.

    Other matters have come up as well. Palin’s two months in the national media spotlight raised questions about some of her activities as governor — in particular, her charging the state $17,000 in per diem payments for nights she stayed in her Wasilla home, and $21,000 for her children’s travel.

    Palin also returns to a different financial situation. The worldwide financial crash that, by some accounts, helped sink the McCain-Palin campaign has also wreaked havoc on next year’s state budget outlook. The budgets of Palin’s first two years were buoyed by high oil revenues and lots of money for construction projects, but oil has plummeted from a high of $144 a barrel last summer to $67.43 on Tuesday.

    Last year’s budget was built to break even with oil at $75 a barrel, state officials have said. If the price stays down, the state will have to dip into savings and feel new pressures to cut spending.

    http://scrippsnews.com/node/37736

    Was Palin actually a McCain milquetoast at home?

    If so, then perhaps she shouldn’t be the conservative icon she’s become.

    Boo hoo, Democrats are unhappy with her attacks. Of course she should be just fine with the venom spewed by the left at her.

    Let’s hope that doesn’t matter to her at all.

    The last thing the GOP needs is another McCain.

  6. sheehanjihad says:

    Thanks Bill…..I was just appalled at the selfishness of staffers who clearly should not ever be hired again by any campaign for any reason whatsoever. The up side is, Palin has learned a great deal about insider loyalty, and will be better armed to protect herself from self serving jerk offs who use other people as an excuse for their own inability to do their jobs.

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    What a real mess these behind the scenes staffers are making after the fact. The implosion has begun along with the finger pointing and now back stabbing and cork screwing. The RNC and GOP may force me to go Independent. I see no unity what so ever and the rats are jumping ship!! Thanks be to the RATS!!

  8. BillK says:

    You’ve got the classic battle; if I see one more article from “staffers” saying they hope they can give the GOP back to the “real conservatives” and get rid of the “religious freaks” it’ll be one too many.

    What these idiots believe is that McCain’s centrism would have won the election and it was that religious freak lady that cost them the election, and the MSM eats it up. Thus the MSM destroys Palin and the low level staffers feel “important” because what they said is on the national wires, and they spent all that time for nothing, and hey this is cool.

    For better or worse, this is something the left has always managed better; do you recall any infighting between the various liberal factions after Gore or Kerry lost?

    This has always been the case; recall Rush mentioning on several occasions the GOP “party” folks being glad Reagan was gone because now they could get a “real Republican, not a religious nut” elected…

  9. 1sttofight says:

    These “staffers” need to listen to the old Merle Haggard song “The Fighting Side of Me” because when they start running SarahCuda down, They are getting on THE FIGHTING SIDE OF ME.
    We will find out who has been doing the talking.

  10. BillK says:

    The question is is Palin “Sarahcuda” or was she really just McCain in a dress?

    The press is certainly trying to position her as the latter:

    http://sweetness-light.com/archive/selected-news-for-week-nov-1-nov-7#comment-123214

  11. larddiet says:

    Sarah Palin attacks, still? How could this resonant? The game is over, and no one cares about the McCain/Palin ticket anymore. The worst thing for Sarah Palin would be if they had won she would have to sell out her conservative views to stand along with McCain on every liberal view he carries. Palin is not going away and now she is free to be herself.

  12. 1sttofight says:

    I would like to see Sarahcuda call a press conferance and tell everyone about Perky Katies Boy Toy who is 30+ years her junior, or Brokaws Boy Toy, etc.
    Let them have it with both barrels and let it be known that she will be back in 2012.
    If she will do something like that now, I will send her a check every month between now and 2012.
    We need a new party, The Conservative Party. To hell with the stuffed shirt republicans who are more worried about getting invited to the tony parties than they are about the good of the country.
    to hell with all of them.

  13. notsoyoungjim says:

    She’s denied it but it looks like the mole is Nicole Wallace (who’s husband Mark was Gov Palin’s coach for her debate). From Laura Ingraham’s lips and this from David Frum (no Palin fan IIRC):

    Nicole’s Knifework

    Wow -that is some savage cutting & gutting that Nicole Wallace has just performed upon Sarah Palin. Nicole & I crossed swords once, during the Harriet Miers nomination battle. Watching what Nicole can do when she is seriously annoyed, I am grateful that I got away from that fight with nothing worse than a few bumps and bruises ….

    That said: Some of these stories do not ring quite true to me, especially the story about Palin allegedly not realizing that Africa was a continent rather than a country. Apparently she did not grasp that “South Africa” was not the same thing as “southern Africa.” But there a lot of possible innocent explanations for a mistake like that.

    Larger point: Would it not better serve the cause of understanding for Nicole Wallace to give an on-camera interview to Carl Cameron and state these points in her own voice – and allow viewers to asses their credibility? Wallace’s fingerprints are all over these leaks anyway, so it’s not as if she has any anonymity to lose.

    11/06 08:36 AM
    http://tinyurl.com/6pzg6s

  14. wardmama4 says:

    Oh but it isn’t only the pathetic (and in the Obama koolade tank) msm that is so out there – Mort Kondrake on Special Report last night actually said – ‘Republican’s are the Party of old white men.’ How very democrat of him. I dashed off a note to him this AM – aking how he missed Sarah Palin – the RNC VP choice who is about the same age as the DNC POTUS choice and a WOMAN (yes I yelled at him)? And that he might want to go to the RNC website and have that discussion with Frank Donatelli, Carley Fiorina and Jo Ann Davidson – with his ‘old white men’ attitude and all. And then just for fun travel on over to the DNC website and check out all the ‘old white men’ there (Dean, Manchin, Schumer, Van Hollen (not old, but white) and Gronstal). What a schmuck.

    I’m with Ann Coulter on this – kick ’em out – they are not Republicans, they aren’t Conservatives – let them wander in the woods looking for a Party – We The People should not be forced to go silently into that good night or forced into the woods either. It is their damn fault (with their RHINO candidate – that We The People did not decide but rather the RNC and msm chose for us) that the GOP lost.

    And I don’t give a damn if they don’t like Sarah Palin leading the charge – or what she stands for or any ole thing – their centrist, pandering, free spending, bi-partisan ways are what got us here. They can hit the road – NOT ME. I’ll be damn if I am going to end up saying I didn’t leave the Republican Party, it left me – They can clear out and form their own Centrist Pandering Party. NOT ME.

    What a crock – of course the msm would spin onto Sarah all the fault for losing – God knows these pandering, moving center old white guys would never, ever want to admit that it was their own damn fault.

    Sellouts – all.

  15. heather08 says:

    –One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist–

    Who is the “senior aide?” Why should we believe this rank hearsay? I agree with the Frum comments. Let’s hear from Nicole Wallace (or any McCain staffer who can comment firsthand on these allegations) and see what she has to say. Until we do, no responsible journalists should be reporting this gossip.

  16. curvyred says:

    I still am appalled at the amount of sexism (yes a conservative used the ism) during this Presidential campaign against first Hilary, and then Sarah.

    It is rather sickening and most of it was directly from the liberals. Disgusting.

    Now the media is all kissy and huggy with both John and Sarah – saying lame things like “john’s concession speech” showed the Maverick, where was he during the campaign? Their bias has been beyond comprehension this campaign season.

  17. wardmama4 says:

    -‘Their bias has been beyond comprehension this campaign season’- and their psychotic belief system has been too.

  18. Moonspinner says:

    I am not surprised McCain and former Bush staffers are trying to destroy Palin. That is what Republicans do. Eat their own. McCain was a tired old man. A lousy candidate who wouldn’t fight the fight. Just like Bob Dole before him. I think I’m going to look around for another political party. I am sick of tired of Republicans who only want my vote, but look down on me because I am a female and Christian. Think I’ll also buy a Palin tee-shirt in support of her. Flaunt it in the face of Obama’s socialism and also those blue blood Republicans.

  19. RightWinger says:

    I am sick and tired of hearing these RINO’s think that the way for us to win elections is by becoming more like Democrats. Acting like Democrats is what has cost the GOP dearly and it seems the response is that they have to move even more left. This crap that we have to show our ability to reach across the aisle is exactly why is nonsense. You don’t see Pelosi and Reid doing their best to reach out across the aisle, except when they need RINO cover to protect their asses (aka: $700B bailout).

    Sarah Palin was the ONLY reason that McCain wasn’t down 20 points in the polls after the election when he wanted to take Liebermann as his running mate. I don’t believe for one second that she thought Africa was a country and not a Continent. Anybody think that Romney or Pawlentee were going to draw record numbers to rallies? Anybody think Liebermann or Huckabee were going to bring SNL their largest audience in over a decade?

    Palin is a gold mine and the GOP should be getting ready to groom her and get her ready for 2012. Get her brought up to speed in National / International affairs so she is ready to start campaigning. Using her as an excuse to blame on McCain’s defeat is beyond madness.

    Besides running Bob Dole’s playbook, McCain and his “staff” f***ed themselves with the stupid notion that Pennsylvania was in play. I had heard it on FOX news or read it on a blog someplace where a “leaked” internal memo from the Obama camp said they were only up 2 points in Pa. , when National polls had Obama up by 10+ points.

    So McCain’s people thinking they had a chance there, splurged a lot of time and money there when they could have been shoring up Florida, Ohio and other true battleground states. If the story about the leaked memo was true, then it was nothing more than a ruse that the McCain camp bought hook, line and sinker. So they fell for a ruse and they got burned.

    Nobody else is to blame but McCain himself. How long will it be before we see start seeing his staff trying to pin some of the blame on this towards Joe the Plumber?

  20. texaspsue says:

    “That is what Republicans do. Eat their own.”

    Pretty unprofessional isn’t it Moonspinner? It makes you wonder if they have separate agendas. FWIW………….. Rumor has it, Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace started this nonsense. (Who knows?) I think it’s disgraceful. I truly admire Gov. Palin.

    What has happened to the Republican Party? I think everyone needs to regroup and figure out what they actually stand for. They also need to figure out what Political pundits/journalists should represent the Conservative movement as all they did this Election WAS to “eat their own”. I could not believe what I witnessed. Will, Parker, Noonan, Kristol, et al, appeared to be campaigning for the Democrats. We’ve got Coulter, Ingraham, Malkin, etc. and many Conservative websites to be the proper voice of the Republicans. We no longer need to endure the Party dissenters.

    The Republicans either need to restructure and weed out friends and foes or the Conservatives need to start a Third Party. I know most people say that’s not feasible but, we are not going to win another election in the future with this disorganization between the ranks. This Election was ridiculous.

    I wouldn’t worry about Gov. Palin though, she can hold her own with the media. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4R9c3OO7Xs

  21. Liberals Demise says:

    I too join 1sttofight in calling for the establishment of another viable party to counter the overstuffed shirts that are tossing Sarah to the media wolfs. She was the breath of fresh air the GOP needed and now they (GOP) are Sheehan ing her as did the DNC to Cindy after they no longer needed her for their agenda. Call it the “Barracuda” Party because we all know what barracudas do in a feeding frenzy. I don’t care, call it what you like! All I know is I like Sarah and Sarah Loves this country!! ALL OF IT!!

  22. GuppyNblue says:

    I’ve heard it suggested that Sarah should take Steven’s senate seat if its vacated. This way she can learn how to behave in Washington. What’s so great about how Washington and/or senators behave? Maybe Schmidt and Salter would prefer their meetings in Barney Frank’s hotel room.

    IMO she should leave that party of feeble morons. They play by rules the liberals make for them and put up a candidate favored by media (temporarily) but disliked by the party’s base. Brilliant! Maybe after Hagel ends his service in the Obama administration the RNC can run him. The left will lie, cheat and steal to win elections and their media will cover for them. We can’t defeat that without bold strength and real conviction. The RNC falls way short and time is trickling away.

  23. TickTock says:

    I don’t believe what the McCain “staffers” are putting out regarding Sarah Palin.

    They are cowardly moderate republicans attempting to make Palin a poster girl for “failed” conservative ideology.

    This is evidence of the war that is about to erupt within the RNC: Moderate vs Conservative, and it is the moderate’s goal to pre-empt any involvement by Sarah Palin. (Jindal will probably be next). Regardless, there is a real fight brewing for the direction the party will take. I say that as long as there are democrats to vote for, why vote for a moderate Republican?

    McCain is a moderate. I was surprised and dismayed that he chose to fight this campaign the same way the Democrats waged war in Viet Nam: No bombing of Hanoi, etc.

    McCain wouldn’t go after Obama’s real ties to scurrilous individuals and organizations. He refused to challenge Obama’s socialist ideas. He dared not to call a spade a spade…

    …But Sarah Palin did, and now she will pay for her courageous efforts to defeat the socialists, and at the hands of her own party!

    I read where Gingrich may come back to chair the RNC. I pray this is true. The Republican Party has taken a decided swing to the left since Gingrich and Delay retired. If Gingrich comes back to the RNC, Sarah Palin will receive the respect she deserves, and we might get a genuine conservative candidate who isn’t afraid to take on the far left or the moderates of her own party.

    Moving the RNC to the left isn’t the solution. Conservative values and ideas win, when they’re on the ballot, such as prop 8 in Ca. Moderate Republicans lose, such as John McCain.

    McCain didn’t fight for us. Sarah Palin did, God bless her.

    When is McCain going to denounce these staffers? I’ll bet he won’t. Afterall, he’d rather move his party to left than defend a great conservative and fine person like Sarah Palin.

    Shame on you, John Mccain!

  24. texaspsue says:

    “I too join 1sttofight in calling for the establishment of another viable party…..”

    Dang, 1st, I just read your comment. I agree wholeheartedly. Maybe it IS feasible to start a Third Party. I think it should be researched, organized and then, have Gov. Sarah Palin make the announcement of the new Party. She could say, “The Republican Party no longer represents the Conservative set of ideals, values and principles and for this reason, we have established the ______________ (To be named later) Party”. It would encompass the belief system of many Conservatives from both sides of the aisle. This election marked the death of the present Republican Party. It was mostly Conservatives that carried this election anyway. IMHO….The Conservative Movement has to be redefined since the Republican image/name has too much baggage attached to it and I don’t see it recovering anytime soon. Plus, the Party has become so divided.

    ….oh well, I can dream can’t I? Sigh.

  25. Colonel1961 says:

    I always enjoyed the ‘Know Nothings’. It would be a great name to rekindle for a new political party…

  26. soccermom says:

    I really don’t trust any “anon” source. If you aren’t man or woman enough to come out and put a name/face to your word, why should I trust you? Further, does the media really think that they have any credability left after this election? If I were in a hotel room with hubby I’d come out of the shower in a towel. Really she probably didn’t even know they were there. Did they call first? Have an appointment? Most people haven’t even caught the dig on Palin’s hubby, she told us to talk to her ‘laconic’ husband -meaning he speaks with very few words. It can mean concise but given the tenor of the rest of the article it was probably meant to have us thinking he isn’t very intelligent. Really, as if any of us would find it strange that any straight man isn’t chatty Cathy . I think the media has seen her ability to relate to the common people, energize the base of the party and are trying their hardest to discredit her. In four more years of being a gov or senator or whatever (remember she gets to appoint a replacement to the just reelected senator because of his felony conviction) the biggest excuse they have – her inexperience- will be null and void. After all how long did their messiah have? Besides historically we tend to pick our Presidents from the Governors, so she has that in her favor. The shine is going to wear off of Obama pretty fast especially if the economy keeps tanking. She needs to keep studing foreign policy and economics and come back in 2012 so we can have another historic election.

  27. 1sttofight says:

    she told us to talk to her ‘laconic’ husband -meaning he speaks with very few words.

    Hmmm, That must be what I am, Laconic. I like that word, sounds sorta Warrior like… Laconic , of the Pissed Off American Tribe…

  28. sheehanjihad says:

    Just call it the “Conservative Party” and state that it represents the true values of the real America…

    unlike the GOP. unlike the DEMs. Unlike their Masters, the rest of the world’s opinion.

    We gotta do something, this two party crap certainly isnt working worth a damn. It’s like getting to elect Ebola or Cholera to infect yourself with.

  29. BillK says:

    More, from the Los Angeles Times:

    Lawyer to retrieve Palin’s clothes

    By Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta

    PHOENIX — Sarah Palin left the national stage Wednesday, but the controversy over her role on the ticket flared as aides to John McCain disclosed new details about her expensive wardrobe purchases and revealed that a Republican Party lawyer would be dispatched to Alaska to inventory and retrieve the clothes still in her possession.

    Tensions have simmered for much of the last month between aides loyal to McCain and those loyal to Palin, but they erupted in the wake of the Republican nominee’s defeat, as both sides spoke freely — but anonymously — about the wardrobe controversy and other conflicts.

    Two aides to McCain and two to Palin discussed the tensions but asked that their names not be revealed, saying they were not comfortable speaking openly about internal operations.

    The miscommunication and quarrels between the two camps continued as late as Tuesday night, said McCain aides familiar with the situation. Palin arrived at the Arizona Biltmore planning to deliver her own speech before McCain’s concession speech, they said, but was told by McCain’s senior aides Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter that would not be appropriate.

    Fox News reported Wednesday that Palin’s lack of knowledge on certain topics also strained relations. Carl Cameron reported that campaign sources told him she had resisted coaching before her faltering Katie Couric interviews; did not understand that Africa was a continent, not a country; and could not name the three countries that are part of the North American Free Trade Agreement — the United States, Canada and Mexico.

    For weeks, the McCain-Palin campaign has been dealt with the fallout from the disclosure that the Republican National Committee was billed for $150,000 in wardrobe purchases for the Palin family — a discovery that was widely ridiculed and undercut Palin’s hockey mom appeal.

    Several McCain aides said they had recently discovered that Palin’s traveling staff had used their personal credit cards to spend as much as $20,000 to $30,000 more on wardrobe items for Palin as she has campaigned around the country in recent weeks.

    Palin and many of her aides were traveling back to Alaska Wednesday afternoon and could not be reached for comment.

    The original $150,000 in purchases was revealed in late October after the release of the September and October Federal Election Commission filings by the Republican National Committee. Those reports revealed that more than $75,062.63 was spent at Neiman Marcus, $49,425.74 at Saks Fifth Avenue and $5,102.71 at Bloomingdales around the time of the Republican National Convention in early September.

    The campaign has said that many of those clothes were returned.

    But McCain aides said Wednesday that spending on Palin’s wardrobe continued well after the convention, with one custom-made outfit showing up around the time of her Saturday Night Live appearance Oct. 18.

    http://www.denverpost.com/popular/ci_10914644

    Remember, the more of these stories get into the press and into Google-searchable databases, the more thorough the destruction.

    When the claims of these staffers are eventually refuted, the stories will be in the print editions only, and then on page A-34.

    When Schmidt learned that Palin’s staff was putting clothing purchases on their personal credit cards — to be reimbursed later — aides said he called them to stop it. Palin aides tell a different story. Several close to the governor said Wednesday that Palin was outraged by the amount of money being spent on her clothing and that she was naive about what the clothes cost.

    “The very first day of shopping, there was a $14,000 price tag and … she was absolutely shocked,” one of the Palin aides said.

    She was not pleased by what had been selected for her, the aide said, adding that “a lot of that stuff that was purchased was never worn by her — that was by her choice.” When the shopping spree hit the press, she appeared frustrated, and she told audiences that she wears a lot of her own clothing and hadn’t asked for the lavish purchases.

    Resentments had started to brew earlier. Palin was not comfortable with the team of handlers sent in by party headquarters to manage her appearances, and there were frequent conflicts between the staff at headquarters and her traveling staff. Palin felt constrained by the fact that she had little decision-making power, and questioned the directions being given to her by the campaign, an aide said.

    In an interview with CNN Wednesday, Palin denied that there were tensions between the McCain camp and her own. But that is at odds with accounts from aides on both sides. The strained relationship worsened, the aides said, after Palin was recorded talking to a Canadian comedian who pretended to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    Campaign staffers said McCain’s top aides were blindsighted by the Sarkozy call, which they said was arranged by Palin’s top foreign policy aide Steve Biegun.

    McCain aides said the Palin camp did notify McCain’s senior staff or the State Department of the supposed contact. Outraged, Schmidt organized a conference call immediately. He demanded to know who arranged the call, and questioned why anyone would have agreed to such an unusual request and then fail to clear it with top staff, McCain aides said.

    Biegun immediately took responsibility. In an interview Wednesday, he said some aides at McCain headquarters were in fact aware of the call, and that it had been on the schedule for “a couple days.” “I was fooled,” he said Wednesday night. “No one’s going to beat me up more than I beat myself up for setting up the governor like that.”

    How dare Palin do anything without begging McCain’s campaign staff for permission first.

    Once again proving how those in charge of the McCain campaign were a bunch of incompetent, power hungry thugs, and the MSM is just rolling in the floor laughing, unable to catch their collective breath watching the accusations fly and seeing “that woman” “get hers.”

    (I’m not kidding with that, I’ve seen more than one post on various web sites with Tina Fey’s picture because they “just can’t post a picture of that woman.”)

    Needless to say the left is also enjoying commenting on the press articles, letting loose with comments with “Boy,, we really dodged a bullet here” and “Typical Republican hypocrisy.”

  30. 1sttofight says:

    GuppyNblue

    She needs to appoint her husband Todd as the new Senator while she remains gov of Alaska. Kill two birds with one stone.

    Then listen to the so called reporters howl.

  31. Exeter says:

    To all my fellow S&L’ers:

    The site I’ve linked to below:

    http://www.johnmccain.com/involving/petition3.aspx?guid=0402caa6-1ae7-41b0-8f47-9427a238b5f1

    is one made for all of us well-wishers to thank John McCain for his fecklessly valiant tilt at the Obama windmill. I used it instead to chew McCain’s ear off about what his former staffers are doing to Palin, and that he better get his poop in a group and stop it. I encourage all of you to do the same. Like everyone else, I let a moderate represent me; I let a moderate lose the election for me; but I am NOT going to let a moderate let his loyal running mate (and a lady, no less) take the fall for his f***-ups!

  32. texaspsue says:

    Exeter, I sent a note to McCain about the exact same thing this afternoon. I hope he gets bombarded with messages.

  33. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    Hi Exeter,

    I just finished sending him a message regarding this via his Senate contact form. Basically I expressed that I feel his silence regarding this personal mauling of Gov. Palin during and after his campaign indicates a lot regarding his character IMO.

  34. navycopjoe says:

    All this is is the liberals running for 2012. They know damn well that a Palin/Jindal ticket (my God that just sounds right) would be impossible to overcome.
    No one person ever got conseratives pumped up like her.

    ‘And exactly who would be offended by Sarah Palin sailing into a room wearing nothing but a towel?’
    Not I. In fact….. um, let’s not go there.

  35. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    “And exactly who would be offended by Sarah Palin sailing into a room wearing nothing but a towel?”

    NCJ,

    They were probably a couple of Log Cabin Republicans. And I must admit I share your sentiments!

  36. navycopjoe says:

    I was thinking insane, blind, or gay. Can’t go there though cause God knows Todd the Bod would beat the hell out of me (let alone my wife)

  37. artboyusa says:

    T. WHITELY WASPWOOD IV, Republican Grandee, stars in “Membahs Only”!

    It was a quiet afternoon at the Newport Club (Membahs Only). T. Whitely Waspwood IV, Republican Grandee, was passing the time in the Librahry. The fluting call of a familiar voice made him raise his sculpted head from the copy of Hahper’s magazine he held in two soft, pink hands.

    “I say, Waspy! What ho?”

    It was J. Coddington Codsworth, his old chum from Groton.

    “What ho, Coddy?”

    “I say, what about those election results, Waspy? Bit of a rum business, what?”

    “Wars thah an election, Coddy? How extwaordinary. I had no ideah. Who won?”

    “I believe it was that O’Brien fellow”.

    “My Gahd –not another Irishman!” choked Whitely.

    “Sorry, old man – my mistake. It’s pronounced ‘Obamah’. He’s the colored chappy”.

    “Well, that’s alright then” said a relieved Waspy. “I expect Cook will be pleased. At least we’ve seen the lahst of that awful Palin woman”.

    “Oh yars” agreed Coddy. “That, that…creature… she wasn’t ouah sort at tall”.

    “My heavens, no. Popular with the plebs, though”.

    “Yars, well: I nevah said the ordinary people don’t hahve their uses, Waspy. We do need to stir them up once in a blue moon, throw them a bit of the old red meat dontcha know, but I mean, really…”

    “Quite” tutted his old college bedmate, sorry –roommate. “As long as they nevah get ideahs above their station, what?”

    “Quite, quite” concurred Coddy. “Aftah all, this is OUAH pahty, what?”

    “Membahs Only!” said Waspy.

  38. Liberals Demise says:

    Licks his finger to turn the page and notices that the next page is blank.
    ” I say…what ho Artboy?”

  39. artboyusa says:

    “What ho, Libby? I must say, I quite like tha look of this O’Brien fellow. Seems like one of ouah sort, eh? Progressive minded and all that, what what? Not like those awful trailer pahk people, waving theyah flags and all that, dontcha know”.

    “Quite so, Arty” drawled Libby. “Do you know, I think I might nominate him for membahship. Would you be willing to second, old man?”

    “Why certainly, deah boy” confirmed the languid Artboy. “Cook will be evah so pleased to have one of her own kind about the place. I do hope some of the oldah membahs don’t blackball the poor fellow”.

    P.S. Thanks for the McCain link, Exeter. I sent him a few choice words.

    “I’m not shuah you can say ‘blackballed’ anymoah, Arty, old boy” warned Libby.

    “Yars, I suppose not – thanks foah the heads up, old chap”.


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