OK folks, the election is over and we (the American people) won. (Hey, itâ€™s (partially) my blog, and I gets top call it the way I sees it.) Anyway, now that the last vote has been cast, can the recriminations be far behind?
Well it is now coming out in the news that â€” according to Top McCain Aides: â€œPalin Simply Knew Nothing About National And International Issues.â€ According to a report from Nicole Wallace, a senior McCain aide who was not only one of Palin’s handlers but helped to orchestrate her initial rollout, there is now an â€œorganized campaign to lay blameâ€ for things at her feet.
Further, she apparently didnâ€™t know anything about national or international issues:
…perhaps one of the most astounding and previously unknown tidbits about Sarah Palin has to do with her already dubious grasp of geography. According to Fox News Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron, there was great concern within the McCain campaign that Palin lacked “a degree of knowledgeability necessary to be a running mate, a vice president, a heartbeat away from the presidency,” in part because she didn’t know which countries were in NAFTA, and she “didn’t understand that Africa was a continent, rather than a series, a country just in itself.”
Then there was the time she greeted a couple of her male handlers in only a towel:
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.
Then, of course there is the matter of her wardrobe, on which she apparently spent far more than initially was reported:
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.
I know that it sounds like kicking someone who is down, but seriously, this woman knew nothing about what was going on outside of Alaska, and we are better off without her.