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Another McCain Aide Calls Palin’s Book “Total Fiction”

by @ 8:26 am on November 18, 2009. Filed under 2008 Election, Elections, John McCain, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Sarah Palin

This time, it’s Nicole Wallace:

NEW YORK – Former McCain campaign senior adviser Nicolle Wallace says Sarah Palin’s book “Going Rogue” is “based on fabrications,” and that the basis for Palin’s depictions of her and former McCain campaign director Steve Schmidt as villains “took place entirely in her imagination.”

In a statement to The Rachel Maddow Show, the former McCain spokesperson repeatedly used the word “fiction” to describe Palin’s narrative and echoed criticisms by other former McCain staffers.

“She probably has a legitimate complaint that things could have been better conceived and executed,” Wallace said. “A book about that would have been painful but not entirely unfair,” Wallace told an msnbc producer in an off-camera, on-the-record interview.

Here are a few of the things that Wallace had to say:

On how Couric was chosen to interview Palin:

“The whole notion there was a conversation where I tried to cajole her into a conversation with Katie [Couric] is fiction…. I am not someone who throws around the word ’self-esteem.’  It is a fictional description.  Katie Couric was selected because we did evening anchors…. I did not advocate an interview for anyone I am friends with.”

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On her overall reaction to Palin’s book:

“I think she has probably a legitimate complaint that things could have been better conceived and executed. A book about that would have been painful but not entirely unfair. What she gets wrong is this personalization that [Steve] Schmidt and I were these lone villains — and that took place entirely in her imagination.  Just like the Obama and Clinton campaigns, we were consensus driven…. I think she fixated on me from very early on.  She hated me from the beginning.  I try not to take it personally, the fact is that she wrote a book based on fabrications.  She gave a brilliant convention speech — other interviews that inspired support.  But this book is a bizarre fixation on things that everyone else has moved on from.”

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2 Responses to “Another McCain Aide Calls Palin’s Book “Total Fiction””

  1. James Young says:

    “this book is a bizarre fixation on things that everyone else has moved on from.”

    Obviously, Doug, she’s not a regular reader of THIS website.

  2. iJohn Burke says:

    I have little use for Palin and also wonder why she is still complaining about her being mishandled or badly served by the campaign.

    However, we should recall how unprecedented — even bizarre — it was that senior campaign insiders were feeding anonymous quotes to key media before the 2008 election that Palin was a “diva,” a “whacko” and underscoring their opponents’ narrative about her — and about McCain’s choice of her.

    These people made huge amounts of money running McCain’s — ad Palin’s — campaign. Yet, presumably to maintain their own standing with some in the media, they provided their opponents with valuable ammunition. I’d be pissed at them too. Political hired guns are always an unprincipled lot (think Dick Morris), but these guys really took the prize.

    And hey, Wallace says it was a “consensus” campaign. No doubt — and was there not a consensus among the top strategists that choosing Palin for VP was risky but essential to give the old guy’s race a boost and get “base” voters enthusiastic enough to go and vote? So why didn’t they just live with that choice and make the best of it?

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