Nicolle Wallace, White House communications director under President George W. Bush and senior adviser to John McCain, has begun to talk openly about the campaign’s problems with Sarah Palin.
I’m not interested here in rehashing the shortcomings of the former Alaska governor. None of that’s relevant any more, because I doubt she’ll ever again seek elected office. However, I do want to point out a remarkable bit of information that Wallace dropped into a recent Time interview:
“There certainly were discussions — not for long because of the arc the campaign took — but certainly there were discussions about whether, if they were to win, it would be appropriate for her to be sworn in.”
Let’s think about that for a minute, shall we, because that’s one for the history books. Within the upper echelons of the McCain campaign, they talked about stripping the vice presidency from Palin AFTER they had used her to win?
How on earth do you pull that one off? Palin would not have surrendered such a prize voluntarily. Imagine the conversation if President-elect McCain and his staff came to Palin the day after the victory celebration and pressured her to resign.
I don’t think she’s the type to have said, “Yes, I suppose you’re right,” and waved merrily to the cameras as she caught a flight back to Wasilla.
And how exactly would the McCain people explain that to the American public? “You know the woman you just elected vice president? The one we told you was ready to become president should the time come? Well, she’s no longer got the job, because, well, you see ….”
Sarah Palin wasn’t what was wrong with the McCain/Palin ticket. She was merely the most obvious symptom of what was wrong. And while Wallace may think that she’s dishing on Palin and polishing her own reputation, she’s actually doing the opposite.
– Jay Bookman