Sarah didn’t like her. Sarah didn’t trust her.
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 She was often withdrawn, uncommunicative and incapable of performing even the most basic tasks required of her job as McCain’s running mate.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?