Thursday, November 6, 2008

Fox News turns on Sarah Palin who turns on McCain

A classic story arc in wrestling is the blame game and dissolution between two tag partners. When a combination acrimoniously part after a loss due to one side blaming the other.

There are 2 standard reasons:
Incompetence or Miscommunication - a misplaced move connects with their partner accidentally setting up a win for the opponent.
Ambition - a wrestler driven by ambition turns on his partner to gain power.

There are blame games surfacing surrounding Vice President Sarah Palin and her standing in the McCain camp and how it may have played a role in the Election defeat. Breaking the requisite for Vice Presidents, "Do no harm".

First the charge of incompetence:
Anti-Palin McCain Staffers Begin Full-Scale Kneecapping of Sarah Palin
Uncritically, Carl Cameron and Shep Smith are reporting that some anonymous McCain aides say that Palin didn't know that Africa was a continent; she thought, allegedly, it was a country.

It does not occur to either man to question these anonymous, and quite absurd, claims.
Find more at HotAir - It begins: Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent, claims Fox News

Second, the charge of ambition:
11 Days Out, And The Whispering Begins
This faction has come to believe that Palin, perhaps unwittingly subconsciously or otherwise, has begun to play Sen. McCain off of the base, consistently and deliberately departed from the campaign's message of the day in ways that damage McCain. ("palling around with terrorists" was a line that escaped HQ's vetting... Palin's criticism of the campaign for pulling out of Michigan was greeted by anger internally... Palin's expressed opinion that Rev. Wright is a legitimate issue -- which subtly knocks McCain for not raising it -- was perceived as an attempt to preemptively blame McCain's wobbliness for his loss, which would theoretically enhance Palin's standing with the base.)...
Read Ace's rebuttal of the charge - Scheunemann Takes on the "Anti-Palin Faction" Within the McCain Camp
Read Politico's in depth report
Palin allies report rising camp tension
Those Palin supporters, inside the campaign and out, said Palin blames her handlers for a botched rollout and a tarnished public image — even as others in McCain's camp blame the pick of the relatively inexperienced Alaska governor, and her public performance, for McCain's decline.

"She's lost confidence in most of the people on the plane,"... He said Palin had begun to "go rogue" in some of her public pronouncements and decisions.

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