Shocker! Sarah Palin Looking Ahead To 2012
by Todd Beeton, Wed Oct 29, 2008 at 03:10:10 PM EDT
Count me as someone who doesn't think Sarah Palin's statement that she wouldn't just crawl back to Alaska with her tail between her legs if she loses on Tuesday is terribly significant. Here's the transcript of the interview she conducted with ABC News:
ELIZABETH VARGAS: If it doesn't go your way on Tuesday ... 2012?
GOV SARAH PALIN: I'm just ... thinkin' that it's gonna go our way on Tuesday, November 4. I truly believe that the wisdom of ... of the people will be revealed on that day. As they enter that voting booth, they will understand the stark contrast between the two tickets. ...
VARGAS: But the point being that you haven't been so bruised by some of the double standard, the sexism on the campaign trail, to say, "I've had it. I'm going back to Alaska."
PALIN: Absolutely not. I think that, if I were to give up and wave a white flag of surrender against some of the political shots that we've taken, that ... that would ... bring this whole ... I'm not doin' this for naught.
What is a big deal, though, is the apparent glee with which Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash report on it as though it is HUGE, which means another lost media day for McCain/Palin when they can least afford it.
Watch the Schadenfreude-inducing report below:
Gotta love Bash's description of the reaction of a senior McCain aide:
What makes Palin's statement bigger than it otherwise might be is the extent to which it fits perfectly into the awesome new narrative that's formed about Palin the last few days: Palin as the rogue VP nominee who's preparing for 2012.
Amid reports that Sarah Palin has "gone rogue" - ignoring advisers and slamming her party's campaign tactics - some have begun to discuss her as a political contender after Nov. 4."She's no longer playing for 2008; she's playing 2012," Democratic pollster Peter Hart told CNN yesterday. [...]
But others suggest Ms. Palin is now attempting to separate herself from Mr. McCain's doomed campaign to avoid being blamed for a Republican loss next Tuesday.
"These people are going to try and shred her after the campaign to divert blame from themselves," a campaign insider told the website Politico on Saturday.
To counter that possibility, she is presenting herself to the public with an eye to her own long-term political career and a possible presidential bid in four years.
The McCain campaign has lost control of her AND their message. Not a good development for Team McCain 6 days out.
Here, in Toledo, where she just gave a speech on energy independence, Palin's own independence took a literal turn: If there is any one place she has gone rogue, it is against her teleprompter. Visible over the shoulder of the press corps, the monitor that displayed Palin's speech shifted occasionally, as its operator struggled to pick back up after she drifted off in tangents, dropping in folksy-isms like urging some "tappin' into new ideas" and noting "special interests" -- "I've had to take on some of that," she said, "especially up there in Alaska, where they didn't want any shakin' up."
Her ad-libs are short on "g's."
Cox does give Palin the benefit of the doubt though:
Having observed the McCain campaign for almost two years, Im inclined to believe Palins less-scripted moments are, in fact, less a result of active disobedience than in the governors own somewhat McCain-like unwillingness to stick to a script. [...]
It would probably be unfair to read too much into Palins freelance speech writing, though it does offer some insight into a candidate who otherwise has been hesitant to speak off the cuff.
When she went out of her way, though, to heap praise on McCain at the end of her speech, it probably was out of genuine enthusiasm. And when she changed a line from our children living in a more peaceful world to a safer one, maybe it was because she thinks the terms are synonymous.