October 09, 2008
Palin for Senate

Sarah Palin’s M.O. during her brief political life has been to cozy up to some unsuspecting mentor, then knife him in the back and step over him. Now she’s at it again. Colin McEnroe spells it out:

Palin is pretty clearly running a double campaign these days — one for Nov. 4 and the other for her future position as a leading Republican voice during the Obama era.

It was most noticeable when she openly questioned McCain’s decision to pull out of Michigan. What kind of language do you think McCain used when he heard about that one? This is not a guy who reacts well to being crossed or second-guessed, especially by a woman he yanked out of obscurity five weeks ago.

Since then Palin has announced a bare-knuckles strategy of denouncing Obama as a strange guy with terrorist pals and Stokely Carmichael attitudes. She has again questioned McCain’s tactics — this time his reluctance to brawl and spill blood and bring up Rev. Wright — and openly announced that she will advise him to follow her lead.

Do you not see a little needle directed at her boss in the way Palin worded this? Particularly the phrase “I guess”:

“I don’t know why that association isn’t discussed more,” Palin said, “because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country, and to have sat in the pews for 20 years and listened to that — with, I don’t know, a sense of condoning it, I guess, because he didn’t get up and leave — to me, that does say something about character.”

“I guess that would be a John McCain call on whether he wants to bring that up,” Palin added.

You guess? That, my friends, is classic passive-ag[g]ressive criticism…

So that’s at least twice that Wilderness Woman has told her boss to man up. First she called him on the cut-and-run from Michigan. Then she told him to knock off the soft stuff. My guess is that McCain is steaming. He’d send her home if he could. No wonder he renewed his vows to Joe [Lieberman] last night.

Meanwhile, Palin’s no dummy. She can read polls, and she knows that a loss is more likely than a win. She has become a favorite Republican of Republicans…

If they lose this election, the GOP will probably want to get her out of Alaska and into a Senate seat where she can be closer to the limelight and more able to speak out for the loyal opposition. She knows this, and that’s why she’s running two races. McCain may go down, and, if so, she’s not going down with him.

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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at October 09, 2008 01:33 PM
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This seems true to me, but I suspect the directing hand behind the scenes has the initials KR.

To begin with, McCain pretty clearly wasn't the one who chose Sarah. And my prediction that the choice of Palin indicated that Rove was throwing in the towel is still looking pretty good.

Karl has run enough models to know that it's not clear whether they can hold the filibuster. What he needs to do to keep it is juice the base. Hence Palin, and bye-bye John.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on October 10, 2008 4:23 AM

If Stevens gets reelected, then has to resign or dies, Sarah may be able to appoint herself to the vacancy (depending on AK law). Certainly, she can run in any special election, after appointing a placeholder.

Posted by: on October 10, 2008 1:11 PM

If Stevens gets reelected, then has to resign or dies, Sarah may be able to appoint herself to the vacancy (depending on AK law). Certainly, she can run in any special election, after appointing a placeholder.

Posted by: on October 10, 2008 1:11 PM

If Stevens gets reelected, then has to resign or dies, Sarah may be able to appoint herself to the vacancy (depending on AK law). Certainly, she can run in any special election, after appointing a placeholder.

Posted by: on October 10, 2008 1:11 PM

Seems to be an assumption that Obama is going to win the election. Y'all are definitely overestimating the intelligence of the U.S. electorate. It's still a tossup: don't be surprised if the Repuglicans steal this one too.

Posted by: Weniger Gottquatsch on October 10, 2008 5:09 PM
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