October 25th, 2008
02:15 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain aide: Palin 'going rogue'

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Tensions within the McCain-Palin campaign are spilling into the public. A McCain aide told CNN that Gov. Palin is a 'diva.'
Tensions within the McCain-Palin campaign are spilling into the public. A McCain aide told CNN that Gov. Palin is a 'diva.'

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (CNN) – With 10 days to go until election day, long brewing tension between Sarah Palin and key aides to John McCain has become so intense, it is spilling out into the public.

Several McCain advisers have suggested to CNN they have become increasingly frustrated with what one aide described as Palin “going rogue” recently, while a Palin associate says she is simply trying to “bust free” of what she believes was a mishandled roll-out that damaged her.

McCain sources point to several incidents where Palin has gone off message, and privately wonder if they were deliberate. For example: labeling robo calls “irritating,” even as the campaign was defending the use of them and telling reporters she disagreed with the campaigns controversial decision to pull out of Michigan.

A second McCain source tells CNN she appears to now be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

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  1. abraxis

    I beg to differ with the McDufus advisers on the issue of Knuckle Head being a diva. Yes, divas believe that all interpretation of information and other intellectual discourses start and end with them. It presupposes however that divas have to be intelligent about their subject matter in order to be the gate-keeper of it. Knuckle Head, however, is espousing empty rhetoric and ignorant ranting to audiences who still believe that the Earth is still flat.

    If the McDufus campaign is now worried about how Knuckle Head is going rouge, they are to blame for creating context and venue where mediocrity is a representative of their party. They created her, they need to send her back to Alaska. NO wait, they will blame it on someone else for creating that Frankenstein. Pitiful!

    October 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. Joe the Engineer

    Governer Palin is not a Rogue! She is an intellegent person caught in a rough campaign. I'm not clear why she would want to be VP of the US ... having a family of 5 ... but, who am I to judge anyone's desires and aspirations?

    I think in the end, Obama/Biden will get the win and Govenor Palin will have given all of us a view and perhaps an appreciation of Alaska politics and their environment! In my book, If McCain/Palin win, I will not be happy ... but, I believe the loss will be her gain!

    See! ... Smart and Wise!

    October 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. debbie

    So John McCain made a very bad choice for VP, and it's blowing up in his face. Better HIS face than America's ... and the world's for that matter.

    Too bad the GOP can't tell the difference between "maverick" and "rogue".

    RIP.

    October 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Rex

    Can anything go right for McCain? Well i guess they are doing something mavericky after all.

    October 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. kathy

    The campaign is just now noticing that Palin is a "diva"??? Where have you guys been all these weeks? Maybe it is only right that her make-up artist makes the most money. The rest of the advisors need to be fired.

    October 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Art Michaelson

    It is sooooo obvious. This Palin women is a self-serving, egocentric ambitous. piece of EYE CANDY who has an overinflated opinion of what she is but knows exactaly where she wants to go. She is shrewed enough to recognize that the McCain/Palin ticket is going down the drain with an extra flush from JOE THE PLUMBER. It is obvious that McCain the GAMBLER picked her for the RIGHT EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN EXTREME'S VOTE. And Palin see riding McCainn's coat-tail as achieving whatever it is she has planned for herself after Nov.4th. Here is a mid-40s good looking who had to go to 5 colleges to earn a 4 year degree. Who cannot describe any newspapers/books she has read except the BIBLE. Does not show any knowledge of CONSTITUTIONAL ruleings or ROLE of VP. OMG

    October 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Sarah in SD

    I am sooooo not surprised. Anyone could tell from the very beginning that this shallow woman was only out for herself !! Yes, John Mccain used her as his personal attack dog however, once she was in she has used the Mccain camp to serve her own purposes. When she said "in a Palin/Mccain administration" we all knew what her motives were.

    October 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. MAVERICKY

    Isn't this what you get from a Maverick?

    October 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. Brian S.

    If Sarah Palin sees herself as the new head of the GOP, conservatives better jump ship. This is NOT the message they need to be spreading for the next 4 years. They need to regroup and reconsider their core values before they have any chance of gaining respect. And Palin isn't the person to do that. She's so much like Bush I'm surprised she wasn't already hired onto the administration and then fired in disgrace.

    October 25, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  10. Stenzo

    Everyone should pray REALLY REALLY hard that she goes for the big bucks and becomes a media celebrity and NOT a political leader.

    She is exceedingly dangerous and the McCain camp blew all of his hard earned legitimacy with the stunt of bringing her to national prominence.

    Let her be a high paid voice of ignorance– she looks way better than Rush Limbaugh right?

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Xavier M.

    Palin 2012? Absolutely not possible. She is not intelligent nor is she qualiified to run for President. Palin is like a funny disney movie ... and she knows that. keping her on locked down helped her not to make a total fool of herself. So, can you actually see Sarah palin running for the nomination of her party? give me a break

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. NC Voter

    If she is the future of this party then the dems will be in good shape for the next two decades.McCain you created this monster...Now deal with her! The wheels have falllen off the express.

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Edie

    I have to agree: the campaign should have let Sarah Palin be Sarah Palin and let the people judge her on her own merits. In fact, I believe the campaign should have let John McCain be John McCain–his management at the hands of the Rovites is permanently damaging him. Of course, if they had let John be John, he never would have picked Sarah in the first place–she may be smart, but she doesn't have the curiosity, intellectual depth, or wisdom to be POTUS. If John McCain had been allowed to pick someone like Tom Ridge or Joe Lieberman, this would have been a very different election, more about ideas and less about mud-slinging.

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. jdm

    She needs to protect her career. I'm not one of her fans, but I understand that Mcain is done and she is at the beginning.
    She has a place in the ultra rigth of the Rep party that Mcain never will.
    I don't like her, but I do understand.

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. KMH Nebraska

    Ok, they were protecting her because she was'nt ready. I'll buy that, but she should not have been used as an "attack dog" either. That's what ruined her.

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. UKO FROM WA

    Hahaha!!!.
    Any house that is divided against itself cannot stand.
    May John McCain campaign rest in pieces.

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  17. paul

    Last night on McLaughlin Group
    the phrase "off the reservation" was used by Pat Robertson, its used again here in this story today.
    "This adviser also decried the double standard, noting that Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden, has gone off the reservation numerous times"

    Hard to tell if the writer is quoting senior McCain aid or if this is the writers own phrase.

    I take it the conservative ticket is not courting the Native American vote,
    because its a straight-up racist comment.

    A little suprised to see it used so flippantly and so publicly.

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Diane

    McCain's decision to pick such an unqualified VP candidate is
    coming back to haunt him. My advice to her is " stay in Alaska! You have nothing to give this nation.

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. Wayne in CA

    “She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser, “she does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else. Also she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: divas trust only unto themselves as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom.”

    well i glad her own people are finally coming around to seeing her as most of us did the night of the rnc speech...and btw are we now going to hear charges of sexism among the gop minions..where's fiona when we really need her...lol

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. SC

    Don't complain! What you have is what you've got. Is that all qualified individuals the Republican party has? Joe the plumber is also thinking about running too for the congress in 2010. Is that a joke? Did he even finish high school? Get up, wash your face and go pee even if you have that in your dream during your sleep. What on earth makes him think that he has all that needed to be a congressman? The third grader, Palin, also thinks that she will be ready(not now but will be ready) if she has to take over as the president and yet she can't even answer why helping Wall Street rather than Main Street on the Katie Couric interview. She can't even name historic court cases she disagrees, newspaper or magazines to educate herself. "I read all of them." The joke of the 21 century.

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. Ike from PA

    Spin this how you want. Looks like the wheels are coming off the "straight talk express!!"

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. KMAN

    This woman is delusional if she thinks she can come back in 2012 and be accepted by anyone beyond the most ignorant and rednecked amongst us!

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Johnny V

    Wow, this campaign is totally imploding. The ship is sinking and everyone is scrambling for their own lifeboat.

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. scope213

    If she thinks she is the future of the Republican Party, then I'm Jesus.

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Republican for Obama Voter

    Don't act as if this is a surprise. McCain made a blunder in choosing this lady, purportedly to gain conservative republican voters. What he ended up with:

    Yes, he will get the ULTRA conservative
    No, he will not get the "regular" conservative votes
    No, he will not get women's votes
    and HELL NO - he will not get educated republican voters with this "2-bit" lady.

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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