Run Sarah, run! (but watch your back)

Sarah didn’t like her. Sarah didn’t trust her.

Sarah has good instincts:

Nicolle Wallace knows her politics. She served as White House communications chief under George W. Bush and also worked as a senior advisor on the McCain-Palin 2008 campaign. Her second novel, It’s Classified, explores what would happen if a woman were plucked from relative obscurity and elected Vice President of the United States — only to find herself completely unprepared for the job. Wallace talked to TIME about the problem with likable politicians, why everyone in the White House eats constantly and her character’s obvious similarity to Sarah Palin.


In the book, the vice presidential character, Tara Meyers, is completely unfit for her job.

The idea of a mentally ill vice president who suffers in complete isolation was obviously sparked by the behaviors I witnessed by Sarah Palin. What if somebody who was ill-equipped for the office were to ascend to the presidency or vice presidency? What would they do? How long would it take for people to figure it out? I became consumed by this question.

When you were working on the McCain campaign, what about Sarah Palin alarmed you so much?

Well, first let me just say that the novel is by no means meant to build a case against Sarah Palin. However, to the extent that the people around [the fictional vice president] Tara watched in this troubled state of confusion, despair and helplessness as she flailed around — that was something I experienced. Palin vacillated between extraordinary highs on the campaign stage — she ignited more enthusiasm than our side had seen at any other point — to debilitating lows. She was often withdrawn, uncommunicative and incapable of performing even the most basic tasks required of her job as McCain’s running mate.

The decision to relocate debate prep from the campaign trail, which is where McCain did his prep, to Sedona, was to isolate her and help her overcome the shock of becoming an overnight celebrity. There certainly were discussions — not for long because of the arc the campaign took — but certainly there were discussions about whether, if they were to win, it would be appropriate for her to be sworn in.

Discussions? Exactly who did these discussions involve?

Who has the authority to decide a Vice President-Elect should not be sworn in? A hired gun political operative? I don’t think so.

A Vice President can’t be fired, they have to be impeached. There is no constitutional authority for anyone to prevent a Vice President-Elect from taking office.

Notice the clever way Wallace bounces back and forth between “It’s not about Sarah” and “It’s about Sarah.” That lets her slime Sarah without facts or substance.

She was often withdrawn, uncommunicative and incapable of performing even the most basic tasks required of her job as McCain’s running mate.

So she was tired for long days of campaigning and didn’t feel like talking to somebody she didn’t like or trust. Don’t you think if Sarah had a habit of curling up in the fetal position we would have heard about it before now?

What were these “basic tasks” she was allegedly incapable of performing? I don’t recall hearing about anything of the sort back during the campaign.

The Vice Presidential debate took place about one month after Sarah was nominated. She spent most of that month (and the month that followed) campaigning all over the country. IIRC she only took a few days off to prepare for the debate.

I just have one question for Nicole Wallace – Is the going rate still 30 pieces of silver?

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83 Responses to Backstabber

  1. The Penguin says:

    Wallace belongs in the ninth circle

  2. WMCB says:

    Even the conservatives who do not want Palin at all are raising hell over this on the blogs. The consensus is that Wallace is a bitter, backstabbing tool and any campaign that ever hires her in the future ought to be boycotted by GOP voters.

    And that’s from the ones who don’t care for Sarah.

  3. ralphb says:

    “Charlie Black, who was McCain’s top campaign adviser in the 2008 race. “I never heard any such discussions,” Black told me. “There were no discussions like that with McCain, or I think I would have known about them. That doesn’t mean some subset of the senior staff might have talked to each other about it.”

    As for the constitutional issues involved with blocking an elected vice-president from taking the oath of office, Black said, “Whoever was having that discussion, if there was one, didn’t have a good lawyer in the group.”

    • myiq2xu says:


      Charlie Black, a senior adviser to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, tells NRO that former McCain aide Nicolle Wallace is peddling “fiction, not only in her new novel, but in what she is saying about Governor Palin.”

      Over at the Washington Examiner, Byron York reports that Wallace is claiming, in a new Time interview, that McCain’s team considered bumping Palin from the veep slot. “There certainly were discussions — not for long because of the arc the campaign took — but certainly there were discussions about whether, if McCain were to win, it would be appropriate for her to be sworn in,” Wallace tells the magazine.

      Black says that’s nonsense. “Nicolle, like any author, is trying to sell books. This comment to Time, like her book [It’s Classified], is a piece of fiction. There were never any such discussions. At no high level of the campaign was there ever such talk. She’s probably doing this to sell her book.”

      “Look, I was with McCain 90 percent of the time. If I wasn’t around, I knew what was happening. And nothing like this happened.” Wallace, he says, “is one of the few dissidents,” one of the “disaffected” staffers who continues to criticize Palin, and “she is inaccurate in doing so.”

      • votermom says:

        Can you imagine any campaign in the future hiring Wallace after this?
        I can’t.
        I hope for her sake that the advance she got for this book is worth it.

      • Kathy says:

        this woman is on Sean Hannity all the time and is never embarrassed by the fact that her books are slutty novels, i did not realize how she was connected w/McCain campaign. I’m so tired of the RINOS and their anti-conservatism, after 30 years I think I am going to register as an Independent.

  4. votermom says:

    So Wallace wanted to make money off PDSers by writing a book full of made-up stuff, but she didn’t want to get sued so she marketed it as fiction. I guess that makes her marginally less dumb than McGinnis. But not less hateful.

  5. ralphb says:

    Wallace on Palin in 2008

    Maybe she forgot telling the Wall Street Journal this…

    Did you have an impression of [Sarah Palin] that’s grown and changed over the few months you’ve known her?

    Sarah Palin reminds me a lot of Jeb Bush, who was very hands on. He was always in direct contact, email-wise, with reporters. He’d often get back to them before I’d get back to them. She’s like that. She’s very hands on. Reminds me of my time working for Jeb Bush. She doesn’t like a lot of bureaucracy. She gets on her email and deals directly with press and the staff and it’s very, very impressive. Very appealing.

  6. myiq2xu says:


    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.”

    Everyone else has moved on, huh?

  7. votermom says:

    In the book, the vice presidential character, Tara Meyers, is completely unfit for her job.
    The idea of a mentally ill vice president who suffers in complete isolation was obviously sparked by the behaviors I witnessed …

    I think Biden should sue.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Truth is a defense to defamation

    • ralphb says:

      comment at GOP12…

      “What if somebody who was ill-equipped for the office were to ascend to the presidency or vice presidency? What would they do? How long would it take for people to figure it out? I became consumed by this question.”

      Oh, you mean like an incompetent part-time academic and community organizer with zero executive experience and an apparent narcissistic personality disorder?

      Sure glad we didn’t elect somebody like that… oh wait!!

      • angienc says:

        My thoughts exactly. We don’t need a fictional novel — we have a POTUS who is completely unfit for the job IRL.

        Truth is stranger than fiction.

    • Dario says:

      LOL. I agree.

    • Dario says:

      I think the fact that the book is fiction would be seen as irrelevant in this case if the V.P. candidate were to sue. Biden has a case.

  8. Dario says:

    I used to think that what was done to Hillary was disgusting, especially when it was done by the Democratic Party. The attack on SP confirms once again how both parties are devoid of morality.

  9. myiq2xu says:

    McCain vet Charlie Black: Nicolle Wallace’s Palin claim ‘bizarre’

    Former Bush White House official Nicolle Wallace drew a swift rebuke from one of her former McCain campaign colleagues Wednesday, for claiming in an interview that the 2008 McCain team discussed whether or not it was “appropriate” for Sarah Palin to be sworn in as vice president.

    Wallace, who worked with the McCain-Palin ticket in the general election, was promoting a novel she wrote an interview with Time when she said: “There certainly were discussions – not for long because of the arc the campaign took – but certainly there were discussions about whether, if they were to win, it would be appropriate to be sworn in.”
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    That assertion is “not true” and “bizarre,” said Charlie Black, a veteran of Republican presidential politics who was one of McCain’s closest advisers in the 2008 race.

    “No such discussions ever happened and I have confirmed that with Sen. McCain,” Black told POLITICO. “In fact, Sen. McCain and most of his senior staff from the campaign admire Sarah Palin and appreciate her contribution to the ticket. The McCains and the Palins are close friends.”

    Of Wallace, Black said: “She wrote a book of fiction and her comment to Time magazine is fiction.”

    “It’s bizarre that Nicolle would say that when, constitutionally, you couldn’t prevent the woman from being sworn in if she was elected vice president,” he continued. “It’s a bizarre way to sell books.”

    Wallace and Palin have clashed openly over the last few years, trading personal attacks over 2008-vintage media strategy decisions. But Wallace’s comment to Time that she based the character of a “mentally ill vice president” on Palin is something of an escalation.

  10. ralphb says:


    I’m Thinking About Writing a Novel Called ‘Two-Faced Backstabbing RINO Bitch’

    With cover art.

  11. WMCB says:

    I keep being reminded of how very much I despise the political class of both parties.

    Actual republican neighbors and friends? Not so much. Actual Democrat neighbors and friends? Not so much.

    But our political class are a bunch of blood-sucking amoral leeches. And I’m not talking about just the candidates – I’m talking about the consultants and ad people and lobbyists and handlers and communications directors and campaign managers etc.

    I know the bard told us to first kill all the lawyers, but can we get a two-fer?

    • Dario says:


    • ralphb says:

      Please! That sounds like a great start.

    • Ugsome says:

      Belgium hasn’t formed a government in over a year. They seem to be doing just fine without one.

      • WMCB says:

        LMAO! I’m not a small-government conservative by nature, but when the only fucking choice ever offered me is fucked up corrupt govt or less of it, I’ll fall toward less of it, unless someone gives me a convincingly better option.

        There’s still the monster corporations, but at least we’d be living with only one master screwing us over, not two in league.

    • angienc says:

      The Bard did NOT tell us to kill all the lawyers. The Bard (through the character of Dick the butcher in Henry VI Part 2) instructs TYRANTS that if they really want to the ultimate tyrant: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers” because the lawyers ensure that the King/Tyrant can’t get away with too much violaton of peoples’ rights. Once the lawyers are all gone, the King/Tyrant can do what he wants without anyone to stop him.

      The actual meaning of the quote & the misrepresentation with which it is used is shocking and is my #1 pet peeve both as a student of English Lit & as a lawyer.

  12. yttik says:

    It’s kind of funny to call her “isolated and uncommunicative.” She’s written a couple of books, appears on the news frequently, gives speeches all over the country, posts her opinions on facebook, did a TV special. I don’t know any “isolated and uncommunicative” people who actually travel to your area just to communicate with you.

    • WMCB says:

      As someone on another blog pointed out –

      She wasn’t isolated and uncommunicative because she chose not to chat with you or be around you, Nicole. She just hated YOU, and recognized you for what you are. That’s not isolated, that’s good judgement.

    • Dario says:

      Her emails when she was governor have been sifted by the lamestream media. I can’t think of another candidate that has been vetted more than SP.

      • ralphb says:

        That’s why I don’t think anything negative said about her will stick. There’s too much real evidence to the contrary out there. The lady was an engaged, hard working, good governor. That pretty well does it for attack bait.

  13. DeniseVB says:

    The entire McCain campaign team, even Little Meghan McBoobs, were quick to blame Sarah for their loss. It never occured to them McCain’s defeat may have been far greater w/o Sarah.

  14. ralphb says:

    • votermom says:

      October 5, 2011

      Wasilla, Alaska

      After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

      My decision is based upon a review of what common sense Conservatives and Independents have accomplished, especially over the last year. I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a decisive role to help elect other true public servants to office – from the nation’s governors to Congressional seats and the Presidency. We need to continue to actively and aggressively help those who will stop the “fundamental transformation” of our nation and instead seek the restoration of our greatness, our goodness and our constitutional republic based on the rule of law.

      From the bottom of my heart I thank those who have supported me and defended my record throughout the years, and encouraged me to run for President. Know that by working together we can bring this country back – and as I’ve always said, one doesn’t need a title to help do it.

      I will continue driving the discussion for freedom and free markets, including in the race for President where our candidates must embrace immediate action toward energy independence through domestic resource developments of conventional energy sources, along with renewables. We must reduce tax burdens and onerous regulations that kill American industry, and our candidates must always push to minimize government to strengthen the economy and allow the private sector to create jobs.

      Those will be our priorities so Americans can be confident that a smaller, smarter government that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people can better serve this most exceptional nation.

      In the coming weeks I will help coordinate strategies to assist in replacing the President, re-taking the Senate, and maintaining the House.

      Thank you again for all your support. Let’s unite to restore this country!

      God bless America.

      – Sarah Palin

    • votermom says:

      I blame the GOP.

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  16. WMCB says:

    The GOP elites are working overtime to clear the field for Romney.

    They don’t want Sarah in, and they don’t want any other candidate winning the primary.

    RS McCain noticed that 3 Florida lawmakers just endorsed Romney.

    So, if you’re a Florida Tea Party activist, now you have a list of three RINO backstabbers who need to face primary challengers in 2012.

    Question 1: Did Weatherford, Dorworth and Corcoran all support moving up the Florida primary to Jan. 31? I think they did.

    Question 2: Do we now know why they supported moving up the Florida primary to Jan. 31? I think we do.

    Question 3: Will you spit on the ground the next time you hear the names Weatherford, Dorworth and Corcoran? I think you should.

    The co-chair of the RNC finance committee just made a public comment that the nominee will be Romney, no one else has a chance.

    This is all 2008 all over again – the party elites paving the way and backstabbing whoever they need to to get their selected person in. Early endorsements, money, blabbing to the compliant press. It’s like the actual GOP primary voters are an annoying irrelevance.

  17. ralphb says:

    Obama v Romney here we come.

    • WMCB says:

      The fight now will be over who gets her endorsement. She’s not done.

      I’d love for whoever wins to appt her Energy Secretary. Heads would explode, especially in oil company boardrooms and at lobbyist lunches.

      • ralphb says:

        Primary voters are an annoyance. You called that right. I’m not sure of anything that will make a big difference. There’s too much money and entrenched power involved to allow Cain to get it. FWIW, I think Perry is as bad as Romney on economic matters and worse socially.

    • DeniseVB says:

      We still have Cain? A lot of people kept their powder dry for Sarah, it will be interesting to see who they open their wallets for now.

      On the upside kids, those anti-Sarah books will bomb now 😉

      • WMCB says:

        Cain has foot-in-mouth disease, and zero foreign policy chops, but to me he’s still better than Romney or Perry.

        If I had my personal druthers for the GOP right now, it would go

        1) Cain
        3) Perry

        I still think Perry is likely to win, despite his abysmal performance, just because the not-Romney vote will be twitchy as to whether Cain can win, and then there’s the money issue. They may reluctantly go to Perry. But I could be wrong. I picked Perry for the win back before Cain caught fire. Romney’s advantage is that the conservative vote will be split now.

  18. I can name the only politician unfit to be president: Barack Obama!

    “The Undefeated” is in my grubby little hands, and I’m going to watch it now.

  19. DeniseVB says:

    Still nothing on the C4P or O4P sites 😦 My FB is exploding on the news sources I follow.

  20. DandyTiger says:

    Obama v Romney means Obama will win. It’s a done deal. The fix is in.

  21. DandyTiger says:

    Wow, the faux progressives are all cheering Schadenfreude over the Palin announcement. Of course what that really means is they’re breathing a big sigh of relief and their main fear as been eliminated.

  22. 1539days says:

    Obviously, this is because of Wallace’s book. She’s that important.

  23. votermom says:

    I think, I really think, she was 99% decided to run and something changed her mind.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I thought the same thing …. I also thought when she said will not seek the GOP nomination… opening for an Indy run? If ever there was a year for a third party….it’s Palin/Cain. Voices for the rest of us 😀

      Sarah will be on Greta tonight.

    • Monster from the Id says:

      *dons freshly folded, outrageously chic chapeau de Reynolds Wrap*

      Maybe she remembered–or was reminded–that Alaskans probably use small airplanes more than the residents of any other state, and that such airplanes have shown an enhanced tendency to crash when populist politicians are riding in them? (*coughWellstonecough*)

      Hey, when a Democratic president will casually order a citizen murdered by remote control, I wouldn’t put anything past the Malefactors Of Great Wealth.

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