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.
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.”
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.”