Palin outmavericks the Maverick, goes rogue
Things are not well at the McCain/Palin HQ.
Apparently fingerpointing has begun about the state of the campaign and the infighting is spilling onto the news pages.
McCain sources say Palin has gone off-message several times, and they privately wonder whether the incidents were deliberate. They cited an instance in which she labeled robocalls — recorded messages often used to attack a candidate’s opponent — “irritating” even as the campaign defended their use. Also, they pointed to her telling reporters she disagreed with the campaign’s decision to pull out of Michigan.
A second McCain source says she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.
“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.
Some speculate she’s trying to keep her rep intact to keep a prominent place in the Republican party. Others say she may be looking to a presidential run herself in 2012 or 2016.
Depending on where she goes with this, the Republican party make take a huge turn. The possibility of a future Palin campaign grows more and more possible. This could make things really interesting at the RNC.
A Palin campaign could take things back to abortion, gay rights and immigration issues, closing the borders and stepping away from the RNC platform of today (less taxation, deregulation and smaller government). In other words, the RNC could take a further turn to the right. This would be bad for the country. As things are now, we’re pretty much a 50/50 country and it’s only when a candidate is able to make inroads into the other camp do we get a clear cut winner. I’m afraid the Republican party in the near future could be become more and more homogeneous and walled in. Already there a sense of “kick out the outliers” coming from the Christian right and the ultra “patriotic”. While their decreasing numbers might make elections easier as the middle swings away from the right turning RNC, it would generate a population that increasingly draws away from the mainstream and ferments increasing disatisfaction and disgust with the rest of the country.