November 6th, 2008
07:04 PM ET
14 years ago

McCain sources gripe about Palin

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Some McCain advisers were frustrated by Palin."](CNN) - Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin had prepared to deliver a concession speech before John McCain’s Tuesday night — and brought her remarks with her to his Phoenix concession - but senior McCain campaign adviser Steve Schmidt told her she could not.

Two McCain sources say Palin clearly did not understand the protocol of a concession speech, and expected she would have the chance to deliver one of her own.

Update: Palin camp fires back

McCain advisers were also upset with the Alaska governor for setting up what she thought was a call from French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The call, which turned out to be a prank from Quebec radio hosts, was not cleared with the McCain campaign and some saw the effort to set it up as evidence of her future presidential ambitions.

A Palin ally involved in setting up the call, however, suggests McCain advisers had ample time to object given the call was on her schedule for three days.

Two McCain sources also say Palin did not know Africa was a continent and could not find it on a map. A third source, a Palin ally, says that was a miscommunication.

Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (476 Responses)
  1. MissMarple

    Could we please let Sarah go quietly? She is totally irrelevant to any political

    November 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Mark in Oregon

    Americans should breathe a deep sigh of relief knowing that the McCain/Palin train wreck did not reach its destination.

    November 6, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Susan

    She was not ready for this national business. Washington is a LONG way from Alaska. I hope the "base" doesn't really hope to use her next time. Their party will never recover if they keep up these antics. What a moron she proved to be.

    November 6, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  4. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    For those on the left, middle or Dems that wanted to tear Gov Palin to shreds....TOO LATE the Repubs are doing it for you. I guess it's true that they INDEED EAT THEIR YOUNG!

    November 6, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Uh huh

    Hopeful for tomorrow – Actually the Dow (not "down") dropped for two days straight because it recognizes what Obama is planning to do to American companies and it knows what the results will be, so it's dropping to compensate. The market is always looking to the future, not the past and it can see what an Obama future will bring. And that's ugly. As for Palin? Doesn't matter now – election's over. I do find it interesting that people still feel a need to attempt to beat her up – must be a bit scared. Y'all still whipping on Hillary too?

    November 6, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  6. Tina

    Did you notice they decorated her office with bright BLUE balloons???

    November 6, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Ted Stevens ( convicted felon ), and Sarah Palin ( functional moron ), are now, saddly, the face of Alaskan politics.

    November 6, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Mike, Vancouver

    Alaskan Rogue with me, me, me in the forefront not the McCain's campaign. And quite ignorant like what people call a redneck.

    November 6, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Meganephron

    Sarah Palin didn't cause John McCain to lose the election. The people who were in charge of putting together a coherent campaign for McCain need a scapegoat, hence dump on Sarah. Was she out of her league? Yes, but she didn't ask for the job. The McCain campaign was disjointed, off point and whiny. They can't look in the mirror and say "we screwed up" so they point a finger.

    Actually brought some life and personality to a campaign that was sorely lacking vitality. Romney would have been a better choice, however would not have brought anything new to the table and may have actually been the more dominant personality on the ticket.

    Leave Sarah alone. Let her go back to Alaska and watch the Russians for us. At least, someone will be watching.

    As for the market's reaction, you can't divorce the elction from the last two days. If it had gone up everyone would be praising Obama' victory. Higher taxes (income, corporate,capital gains and death), trillion dollar give away, full control of both houses in the setting of this economy does not inspire cofidence in a recovery. I suggest macro economics to everyone to understand this. No one has ever taxed their way out of a recession. Not FDR who needed WWII to recover the economy, Not JFK, he cut taxes, Not WJC, his recovery didn't occur until after capital gains were cut and the Republicans contolled Congress. Grid lock was good to stop spending.

    The ecoonomy under GWB had its longest expansion in history built partially on a house of cards setting on a foundation laid by Clinton. It will be a long slow recovery. Hopefully we won't need WWIII.

    November 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. Blame Game Already

    Republicans are pitiful. They are already trying to blame the Dow going down the last two days on Obama's election victory. So what about Bush? What is he doing to curtail the down fall. Republicans will always be the same. They don't know what to do to fix a problem, so they just blame the Democrats anyway they can.

    November 6, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. Incredulous

    Um, it truly frightens me that there are rumors she is the future of the Republican party. Palin has proven she is completely ignorant regarding foreign affairs, the rest of the world, and quite frankly anything outside of Alaska, so I tend to believe the McCain camp. I feel sorry for anyone who will have to clean up after her. A "miscommunication" is the polite way of trying to defend an ignoramus.

    November 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Steve

    The only "drama" is coming from CNN and Newsweek, who are the biggest drama queens and running neck and neck with the whacko's on MSNBC for poor media coverage.

    CNN Headline filler:


    Give it a rest.

    November 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Cynthia a conservative voter

    Quit picking on Sarah Air Head. So what if she does not know where Africia is, at least she knows where Russia is...accross the water. Sarah is home now is Wasalla and all 250 people will welcome her home and 60 plus percent (and growing) are glad she is gone!

    November 6, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. Christina

    This is hilarious!!!

    November 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Uh huh

    Francis in Hawaii – funny but I was wondering the same thing about this country now learning about the real person – Obama, that is. Everyone wanted history – now you have it. But there's good history and bad history and this political infant doesn't have a clue. Be glad you're out there in the middle of the Pacific – the farther away from Washington right now, the better. Maybe Obama will forget to tax you or kill off your companies with taxes or take your own cash and give it to a surfer on the beach who has no intention of working.........................................

    November 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. Lucky

    This woman did not understand the protocol for much of anything. Way out of her league. I hope she runs in 2012 that would be another easy win for the Dems. She has shown herself to be an idiot in politics, other than the republican base she's done. Have fun in real America Sarah.

    November 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. An Independent

    I strongly disagree with most of her views and am very glad she's not going to be the Vice President, but given the situation she was put in, I think Sarah Palin did as well as could be expected. She simply did not (and still doesn't and possibly never will) know enough about the issues at a national level to handle running for (or being) Vice President. In my mind, the majority of the blame goes to whoever convinced McCain to pick her. (I personally don't think choosing her was his idea.)

    If a star high school football player was taken straight out of high school and an NFL coach immediately made him a starter at a key position, his chances of success would be pretty close to zero. But when he failed, whose fault would it be? I'd say the coach for putting the guy in a situation that the coach should know he isn't ready for. I think what happened with Sarah Palin is pretty similar. She was in way over her head and McCain's team should have known that would be the case before they picked her.

    I don't know if they couldn't find anyone qualified that was willing to join the ticket or whether they really thought women were stupid enough to vote for her solely because she's female. If it's the latter, then future candidates will probably want to avoid McCain's advisers because they made a huge mistake.

    November 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  18. Marco

    What's extremely appalling and scary is that John McCain and the Republican Party was so ready and willing to place our country possibly into this woman's hands, knowing full well that she was a clueless individual.

    They basically lied in propping her up and vouching for her so-called "experience".

    This woman was nothing but a pretty face and a loud mouth who got the middle aged White Republican male all excited and aroused through her personal exploitation of these qualities. So he (like most men) in his testerone driven STUPIDITY was willing to give her the farm just as long as she was willing to continue to... "put it on me Sarah!"

    November 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Citizen

    Palin is dumber than Bush. Unbelievable.

    November 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  20. Daisy

    To be honest, this has been bitter-sweet for majority of us Republicans. On one hand we end up with Obama, but on the other hand we don't have to see McCain/Palin ever again. We got "dissed" by McCain throughout the campaign and years leading up to the campaign. However, after every insult, we had to stand behind McCain because there was no other option (when he favored the bailout, when he picked Palin, etc). We did everything we could – but ultimately it was the McCain and his "maverickism" that brought him down. McCain-Kennedy didn't buy him Hispanic votes, and McCain-Feingold didn't let him buy... well...anything else.

    I do hope that Palin puts her journalism degree to good use in Alaska. We begged McCain throughout the summer to select someone with knowledge of the economy. If I ever get the opportunity to meet McCain, my only question will be "What were you thinking?"

    November 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  21. sharon

    cothnsidering all of the mistreatment she received from the press , I think she did quite well....the election is over so it must be time for all of the ugliness to stop...leave Palin alone, if snyone expects the coun try to be united , I think I should be time to act like adults...Palin is certainly intelligent or she could not have aaccomplished what she has......the pettiness concerning her speech, accent, and her clothing reminds of of 7th grade, time to grow up, the election is over.

    November 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  22. Sally Ann

    I watched a CSPAN interview (I think from Feb 2008) where Sarah Palin talks about the fact that she may be on the VP list. So, it IS her fault that she was unable to respond to normal interview questions in September. She should have started studying long ago if she thought she didn't know enough or else decline the offer. (Yes, she did have a choice.)

    On the other hand, reading the blogs on the Anchorage Daily News I learned that her governing style is "just give me the bullet points".

    My conclusion is that she does not value preparation, but would rather "wing it".

    The maybe-leader of the free world cannot operate that way.

    November 6, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  23. carment

    Yes, but did you know that since Obama was elected, the Dow has had a two-day total loss of 928 points. The market has no faith in Obama to manage the economy. IS THIS THE CHANGE HE PROMISED? – Smooth Barry


    I don't suppose you happened to have considered that the market isreacting to the news of retailers reporting weak sales for October and that the Labor Department said the number of people continuing to draw unemployment benefits jumped to a 25-year high, increasing by 122,000 to 3.84 million in late October. It marked the highest level since late February 1983, when the economy was being buffeted by a protracted recession.

    Ever considered that the market is reacting to those kind of weak economic figures in exactly the same way it reacted before Nobember 4th? No, of course you wouldn't - it doesn't suit your narrative!

    November 6, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  24. Kish from Britain

    I have been cracking up with laughter and prayed for this day to come when Palin would be transported back to Alaska to continue her bridge to nowhere and dream of 2012................she wishes!!! lol

    November 6, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  25. Tyree,LV

    Wow, Didn't Even Know That Africa Was A Continent.
    Pretty Sad.

    November 6, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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