Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Palin's Team, Meghan McCain, and Sickos

An interesting article in the New York Times found here. Excerpts:

Ms. Palin is quietly assembling the infrastructure of an expanding political operation. In addition to her longtime spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, Ms. Palin’s closest aides include members of her former running mate’s staff. Her current operations chief, Jason Recher, was a loyal lieutenant on Ms. Palin’s campaign plane — loyal to a point where some top McCain aides believed he was encouraging Ms. Palin’s “rogue” behavior. (According to internal campaign e-mail messages provided by a former top McCain aide, campaign officials considered firing Mr. Recher in October 2008 over “unacceptable” and “unprofessional” conduct during a rough swing through New Hampshire and Maine.)

“I wouldn’t exactly call it a badge of honor to be thought of negatively by some of these people,” Mr. Recher said. “But the bottom line is, I was incredibly proud to serve John McCain, and I couldn’t be happier to be part of Sarah Palin’s world now.”

People with knowledge of the daily briefings say they are conducted by phone or e-mail. They typically include information on the day’s news, material that could be relevant to an upcoming speech, or guidance about a candidate Ms. Palin might endorse. Mr. Scheunemann in particular is known as a conservative hawk on foreign affairs, in keeping with what many Palin-watchers have viewed as her steady shift to the right.

“She used to be a moderate Republican in Alaska, but I think all of these attacks have hardened her and made her absolutely more conservative,” said John Coale, a Washington lawyer and longtime Democratic fund-raiser who helped Ms. Palin set up her political action committee.

Mr. Coale, the husband of the Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, said the crowds that swarmed Ms. Palin’s campaign and book events have provided comfort amid so much criticism.

“I think there have been times during all the attacks when she thought, ‘This is just too much,’ ” Mr. Coale said. “But now I think it all makes her more determined. Whatever she’s doing now, it feels like a calling to her.”

Along with her paid advisers, Ms. Palin has been in regular contact with a kitchen cabinet of Washington power brokers: Mr. Barnett, a Democrat, on business and media decisions, and Fred Malek, an aide to Presidents Richard M. Nixon and the elder George Bush, on political matters.

When asked by The New York Times for others to speak to about Ms. Palin, her spokeswoman, Ms. Stapleton, mentioned the Republican media adviser Mary Matalin (who has been in sporadic contact with Ms. Palin’s camp) and Dana Perino, the former White House press secretary for George W. Bush (who seemed barely to know her)....

“I think if Sarah has a passion, it’s that she really believes that there is a silent majority out there that she wants the folks in Washington to know about,” said Kristan Cole, a friend in Wasilla.

Not sure how reliable the New York Times is, but I think the parts by Jason Recher and John Coale are interesting.

And Meghan McCain is an idiot. From her gross misunderstanding of Palin's remarks on Iran to Chris Wallace, to saying that the Tea Parties are due to an innate racism, Meghan is more of a pain in the butt than her father will ever be. As for Rush Limbaugh, see my post below. It's so stupid.

And can the Left do anything without sexual innunendo? First teabaggers and now hand jobs. Some people can't think about anything without making it about sex. No wonder the Palin-haters are obsessed with her legs.

And a note on the teleprompter: It's okay to use one. Yes, that's right. No one is saying that you should never use a teleprompter. But relying on it to such an extent that people doubt you can go to the bathroom unless it tells you to, is a tad extreme.

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