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Going Rogue Memoir Is Palin’s Payback to McCain Campaign

Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska on the campaign trail in September 2008 with Senator John McCain.

Former Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska on the presidential campaign trail in September 2008 with Senator John McCain.

Going Rogue,” the title of Sarah Palin’s erratic new memoir, comes from a phrase used by a disgruntled McCain aide to describe her going off-message during the presidential campaign: among other things, for breaking with the campaign over its media strategy and its decision to pull out of Michigan, and for speaking out about reports that the Republican Party had spent more than $150,000 on fancy designer duds for her and her family.

The most sustained and vehement barbs in this book are directed not at Democrats or liberals or the news media, but at the McCain campaign. The very campaign that plucked her out of Alaska, anointed her the Republican vice-presidential nominee and made her one of the most talked about women on the planet — someone who could command a reported $5 million advance for writing this book.

In what reads like payback for disparaging comments by John McCain’s aides about her after the ticket’s loss to Barack Obama, Ms. Palin depicts the McCain campaign as overscripted, defeatist, disorganized and dunderheaded — slow to shift focus from the Iraq war to the cratering economy, insufficiently tough on Mr. Obama and contradictory in its media strategy. She also claims that the campaign billed her nearly $50,000 for “having been vetted.” The vetting, which was widely criticized in the press as being cursory and rushed, was, she insisted, “thorough”: they knew “exactly what they’re getting.”

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Nicolle Wallace: Palin’s Book Based on Fabrications & Bizarre Fixation on 2008 Presidential Campaign (Video)

Former McCain campaign staffer Nicolle Wallace tore into Sarah Palin’s “Going Rogue” Tuesday night, saying the book was “based on fabrications” and exhibited a “bizarre fixation” on past events.

In her book, Sarah Palin wrote that Wallace pushed her to sit down with Katie Couric to boost the anchor’s “self esteem.”

Wallace gave a statement to “The Rachel Maddow Show” calling the anecdote total fiction. “The notion that there was a conversation that I tried to cajole her into an interview with Katie Couric is fiction,” Wallace said. “I am not someone who throws around the word self-esteem. It is a fictional description.”

As for the book in general, Wallace said, “I think she has a legitimate complaint that things could have been better conceived. A book about that would have been painful, but not unfair. What she gets wrong is this personalization that Steve Schmidt and I were lone villains … She hated me from the beginning. I try not to take it personally. The fact is, she wrote a book based on fabrications … This book is a bizarre fixation on things that everyone else has moved on from.”

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Rachel Weiner
The Huffington Post

McCain: Palin Legal Bill was for “Troopergate,” NOT for Vetting

Former GOP presidential candidate John McCain comments on his running mate Sarah Palin's new book "Going Rogue."

Former GOP presidential candidate Senator John McCain comments to "The Hill" on his vp running mate Sarah Palin's new book "Going Rogue."

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who spoke to The Hill Monday evening, denied Sarah Palin’s allegation that his campaign stuck her with a $50,000 legal bill to pay for the cost of vetting her as a potential vice presidential candidate.

McCain said the bill was for legal work related to allegations that Palin made improper use of her influence as Alaska’s governor to press for the dismissal of a state trooper named Mike Wooten. Wooten was embroiled in a custody dispute with Palin’s younger sister, Molly McCann.

“That was addressed by Trevor Potter,” said McCain, “That was over the Troopergate.”

In a statement to the Associated Press, Potter, McCain’s general counsel, denied that McCain’s campaign billed Palin for vetting her.

“To my knowledge, the campaign never billed Gov. Palin for any legal expenses related to her vetting and I am not aware of her ever asking the campaign to pay legal expenses that her own lawyers incurred for the vetting process,” he said.

Palin made the charge in her new book, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” which listed a litany of complaints Palin had with McCain’s campaign, such as its decision to limit her access to reporters. Palin also questioned how the campaign handled the announcement of her daughter’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

McCain told The Hill that he nevertheless enjoyed Palin’s book.

“I hope she sells lots of them,” he said.

Palin received a $5 million advance from HarperCollins, according to the New York Times.

Alexander Bolton
The Hill

David Plouffe: Dems Should Thank John McCain For Picking Palin

David Plouffe was campaign manager for President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.

David Plouffe was campaign manager for President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. Plouffe appeared Nov. 1st on NBC's "Meet the Press" to discuss politics and his new book.

Barack Obama’s campaign manager accused former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin on Sunday of co-opting the Republican Party and driving it toward the ideological fringe.

In an appearance promoting his book on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” David Plouffe said that Democrats should “thank John McCain for picking [Palin]” as his running mate. Pointing to the 2008 vice presidential candidate’s role in driving attention and support to Doug Hoffman, the ultra-conservative candidate in the New York 23rd District special election, Plouffe insisted that Palin-led forces were purging the GOP of moderates.

And he wasn’t upset with the development.

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McCain Admits He And Sarah Palin Not A “Winning Combination”

Sen. John McCain acknowledged on Sunday tensions between his vice presidential choice, Sarah Palin, and his top aide, Steve Schmidt, during his failed bid for the White House last year, yet said that the former Alaska governor gave a boost to the campaign.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the Arizona Republican said: “When we selected, or asked, Sarah Palin to be my running mate, it energized our party. We were ahead in the polls, until the stock market crashed. And she still is a formidable force in the Republican Party. And I have great affection for her. Will Sarah and I – did we always agree on everything in the past? Will we in the future?  No. But let’s let a thousand flowers bloom. Let’s come up with a winning combination next time.”

John McCain Sweating Out Sarah Palin’s Upcoming Book (Video)

Sen. John McCain ought to be pretty nervous about the revelations to come in Sarah Palin‘s upcoming memoir.

The million-dollar question:

How far will Palin go in blasting not just McCain’s staff — which everyone expects, given how badly it treated Palin — but the presidential candidate himself?

Palin could have plenty of campaign-trail stories to tell about McCain. And this is actually the kind of inside politics that could be interesting for the general public to see.

Did McCain try to get Palin to back off being the main spokeswoman for the ticket, especially after the vice presidential pick re-energized the party in late summer of 2008?

How much did McCain and his staff control what Palin said in her speeches and, if so, what parts did he want her to go soft on?

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President Bush: Governor Palin “Not Remotely Prepared” For National Office

George W. Bush

George W. Bush

According to a new book — excerpts of which are to be published in the next issue of GQ Magazine and detailed Tuesday — former President George W. Bush was incredulous upon learning that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was having trouble drawing a crowd and called his campaign a “five-spiral crash.” He also asserted that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was “not even remotely prepared.”

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