For the record, I think Sarah Palin did a great job campaigning for vice president and boosting John McCain’s run for president. OK, I didn’t vote for McCain-Palin, but obviously, that wasn’t because I thought Joe Biden was better than Palin. It was because I saw something good in Barack Obama.
Still, I like Palin. I don’t agree with her on every issue, and I can’t imagine voting for her for president, but I like her character, her charisma and her bold willingness to challenge the establishment. However, she is a Republican, so at the same time the overwhelmingly Democratic press corps covers for Biden’s buffoonery, it tries its best to destroy Palin. Hence, the predictable Vanity Fair article: I hate her, blah blah blah.
Democrats are oh-so-cocky about their 2008 victory. You see it especially in the press, where the reporters and editors are about 65 percent Democratic, and where the No. 1 political story of the day is that the Republicans have no one left to lead them in 2012 or ever again. The No. 2 political story of the day is that Palin, who remains wildly popular, is unpopular.
Anonymous source. So Vanity Fair says Sarah Palin is the worst person on Earth, in spite of her real reforms of oil regulatory boards in Alaska, her real push to find new oil and gas in Alaska, and her willingness to tax booming oil companies to give Alaska a real balanced budget.
The funny thing about the Vanity Fair piece is that it seems to rely on one or two anonymous McCain campaign sources for its unflattering portrayal of Palin. And now Bill Kristol seems to have fingered one particular McCain staffer as the biggest bad-mouther. Steve Schmidt denies he’s the mole, but Kristol makes a convincing case that it is Schmidt, who was in charge of day-to-day operations for the 2008 McCain campaign.
What would Schmidt’s motive be in trashing his candidate’s running mate, both during and after the campaign? Well, it seems that in managing a losing cause -- and how could any Republican have done well in 2008? -- a less than honest or humble or brave staff member takes no responsibility. He blames others.
He tells Vanity Fair what it wants to hear, and he thinks he’s off the hook.