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Monday, October 27, 2008

The McCain-Palin Civil War

The public rift between the McCain campaign and Sarah Palin is turning into a divide the size of the Grand Canyon. "She's a diva!" says a unrevealed McCain campaign source. Says another, She was the hardest candidate in history to get up to speed.

This is obviously not surprising given that they're down in the polls. However, the inability of the campaign to clamp down on either side has led to a lot of juicy nuggets about the fracture between the two camps and, even better, details about Palin's Eliza Doolittle training. From CNN:
Over the weekend, sources told CNN that long-brewing tensions between Palin and key aides to McCain were on the rise.

Several McCain advisers suggested that they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin "going rogue."

McCain sources say Palin has gone off-message several times, and they privately wonder whether the incidents were deliberate. They cited an instance in which she labeled robocalls -- recorded messages often used to attack a candidate's opponent -- "irritating" even as the campaign defended their use. Also, they pointed to her telling reporters she disagreed with the campaign's decision to pull out of Michigan.

A second McCain source says she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

"She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone," this McCain adviser said. "She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else.

"Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves, as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom."

But two sources, one Palin associate and one McCain adviser, defended the decision to keep her media interaction limited after she was picked, both saying flatly that she was not ready and that the missteps could have been a lot worse.

They insisted that she needed time to be briefed on national and international issues and on McCain's record.

"Her lack of fundamental understanding of some key issues was dramatic," said another McCain source with direct knowledge of the process to prepare Palin after she was picked. The source said it was probably the "hardest" to get her "up to speed than any candidate in history."

Throw in the voice coach and the stylist and you've got My Fair Lady without the songs. Thank God we haven't heard her sing, "Wouldn't it be Loverly."

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