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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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Palin Misrepresents Timeline on Daughter’s Pregnancy

Sarah Palin, husband Todd Palin and their three daughters, Bristol, Willow and Piper.

Sarah Palin, husband Todd and their three daughters, Bristol, Willow and Piper.

On page 214 of her memoir “Going Rogue,” Sarah Palin writs the following in regard to when the McCain campaign knew about her daughter Bristol’s pregnancy:

“I was impressed with these guys. They were thorough. For example, they already knew that Bristol was pregnant, a development that I thought only loved ones were privy to at the time.”

Yet Palin should have known the campaign was aware of the pregnancy by that point: She told the campaign’s vice presidential vetters as much, in writing, far before she was chosen to be John McCain‘s running mate.

Palin and the other vice presidential short-listers were asked to fill out a written questionnaire during the vetting the process, according to a “senior official close to the vetting process” who talked to reporters on September 2nd, 2008.

Palin revealed Bristol’s pregnancy on this written questionnaire, adding that she wanted to discuss the pregnancy orally with the campaign, according to the campaign official.

A written report, which included info about the pregnancy, was presented to campaign manager Rick Davis as well as McCain before the campaign flew Palin down for the meeting she describes on Page 214.

Steve Chaggaris
CBS News

Steve Schmidt Calls Sarah Palin’s Memoirs “Total Fiction”

Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, sits in her vehicle with Steve Schmidt, chief strategist for the McCain campaign.

Republican vice presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, sits in a vehicle on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008 with Steve Schmidt, chief strategist for the McCain campaign at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota.

To read Sarah Palin‘s shockingly shallow Going Rogue, one is immediately struck by how nasty and vindictive Palin is, and that her book is little more than a veiled mechanism for settling scores with old foes who have triumphed over her throughout Palin’s lifetime.

Is Palin really going rogue? Hardly. Getting even is more like it.

Palin’s biggest score to settle is with those senior advisers–Republicans all–in the John McCain campaign, on whose shoulders Palin lays the blame for her failed and tortured debut on the American political stage last fall. Most notable among them, of course, is “The Bullet,” Steve Schmidt, who took over McCain’s teetering campaign in July of 2008 and was a staunch advocate of Palin’s selection as McCain’s running mate.

He has told the Huffington Post that Palin’s allegations against the McCain campaign are “total fiction.”

Schmidt now joins a host of former McCain staffers, including Mark Salter and Nicolle Wallace, who have challenged the veracity of Palin’s book even before it hits the streets on Tuesday. One McCain aide who worked closely with Palin and who “liked her personally” described Palin’s account of the campaign as “blatantly and absolutely inaccurate.”

McCain aides are shocked– though not entirely surprised–by Palin’s allegations. They caught enough of her act during the 60-plus days of her campaign sojourn to know that she plays “fast and loose with the truth.”

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John McCain’s Latest Sarah Palin Lie

John McCain and Sarah Palin on the 2008 presidential campaign trail.

GOP candidates Senator John McCain and Governor Sarah Palin on the 2008 presidential campaign trail.

John McCain’s duplicitous defense of his 2008 GOP running mate Sarah Palin this past weekend is as dishonest as it is shameful. He knows better–but for reasons that are rooted deeply in McCain’s peculiar sense of chivalry and his political self-interest, he has refused to come clean about Palin with the American people.

“There are fundamental facts that cannot be denied,” he asserted on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “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.”

The implication is that the Republicans would have won were it not for the economic collapse that took place on September 15.

Many McCain and Palin operatives in the aftermath of the election have blamed the economy for their loss. That’s like blaming a lake in the middle of the 18th fairway for costing one a golf match. The lake doesn’t cost you the match–driving your ball into it does.

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