Nice knowing ya Palin


Whether the GOP cuts the chaff from the wheat to remain a national party with a coherent platfrom or devolves into a regional party with fascist tenancies remains to be seen. McCain already has a place in this history books, but punditocratic prognosticators are projecting that her star is still rising:

Heh. I will bet that the unseen powers-that-be in the GOP will ensure that she will be remembered about as much as Joe the Plumber. I would go so far as to argue that in the party shakeup likely to ensue, these power brokers after reviewing the extent to which she compromised McCain’s campaign will ensure that she has no place ever in a national election. The campaign revelations emerging not 24 hours after the concession speech are entirely telling:

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. …McCain himself rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign, and aides kept him in the dark about the details of her spending on clothes because they were sure he would be offended. Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request.

This is just a fraction of what is left to be revealed. Conservatives will reflect on McCain-Palin much like liberals on Gore-Lieberman: a match made in hell to appease intraparty factions. I suspect that after everything comes to light about what transpired during this campaign between the Alaska scandals, shopping sprees, diva tendancies, and so on, Palin won’t even be welcome on Fox News.


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