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Palin Thrown Under the Bus

Just one day later and McCain staffers are lining up to pin the blame of their loss squarely on Sarah Palin's expensively dressed chest. Two reports today hint at the torrent of criticism to come.

First, that Palin was instructed to buy THREE outfits for the convention but returned with the legendary $150,000 bill and that the final bill could be significantly bigger.

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.

The Second story is from none other than Fox News' Carl Cameron who says that he was told (on condition that it not be released until after the election) that Palin was so woefully unprepared and unqualified for the Vice Presidency as to boggle the mind. According to Cameron, she didn't know what countries were included in the NAFTA agreement (you know, the NORTH AMERICA Free Trade Agreement that would include Canada, the United States and Mexico) nor did she know that Africa was a continent.

Doesn't this all make you feel better knowing she won't be a heartbeat away from the presidency?

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Comments

I'm channelling a little BOC this morning:

Oh, no, they say she's got to go - go, go, Veepzilla!

Oh, no, there goes Juneau - go, go, Veepzilla!

there already seem to be solid talking points out there and a strategy to pull more toward the center right. not in bipartisan spirit, but more so to position republicans not to lose seats in 2010. so, begin cutting away from the far right base by tossing palin under the bus and have key republicans talk about the center right, have rove write an article in the new york times about obama needing to meet the needs or a center right constituency, and start talking up how bush was never really a true conservative. they've already started to try to rebuild their brand. it's definitely going to be an interesting year to watch the republicans closely to see them shift back closer to their core ideals in an attempt to compete against the democrats.

Yeah, the Bush-isn't-a-true-conservative thing has been floating around for a while now. How successful any rebranding is gonna be will be determined, in part, by the extent to which the radical Right (represented by Caribou Barbie) has its hooks into the party. There's a large faction within the GOP that is convinced that McCain wasn't conservative enough and that the party needs to go further to the Right.

The thing is, though, is that there are many differing, contradictory definitions of "conservative." Socially conservative, fiscally conservative, etc. Deregulation vs. regulating healthcare decisions of doctors; freedom vs. prohibition; privacy vs. security, etc.

Similar to what the Dems contended with in the 70s with the old timey liberals vs. the New Left. That can be good for a party ultimately but it will mean a LOT of fighting for a while, which is great for the rest of us.

there are many definitions of conservative. same goes with liberal. though, without getting into the semantics of it all, i turn to william buckley's view of what a true conservative is - fiscally conservative and socially libertarian. if the right leans more in this direction they will appeal to the folks that stepped back from the culture wars propagated by the republicans over the past 15 or so years that found themselves moving away from the rhetoric of the right during this past election. just look at all the lifetime republicans that stepped away to support obama this time. there you will find individuals that are good examples of big c conservatives as defined by buckley.

More on what you guys are talking about:
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/11/06/obama-rove-dig-socialist/

"Last night on Fox’s Hannity and Colmes, Karl Rove argued that President-Elect Barack Obama ran a “center-right” campaign, but that if you “dig in” you can uncover the radical socialist that the right-wing warned the country about during the campaign"

...

"Fox News’s Brit Hume, speaking with Laura Ingraham today, repeated the claim that Tuesday’s vote actually proved America is still a 'center-right' country. He claimed that Obama didn’t 'break the lock' that Republicans have had on the presidency but merely 'picked the lock.'"

I would argue that the Democrats are actually a center-right party. The Greens are the really liberal party. What the FOX clowns forgot to mention is that the Republicans are so far to the Right that they're off the deep end - to them, anybody who advocates for any government whatsoever is a flaming socialist.

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