For a long time before I became a reporter, I never paid attention to bylines — the announcement of who wrote a given article. That all changed for me one day when I was sitting at Jimmy T’s Diner in Washington, D.C., reading a hate-filled “fashion” column that was nothing more than the projection of angry liberal political views. It was so awful that I wanted to know who wrote it. The author, Robin Givhan, of course went on to win a Pulitzer. I’m part of a profession that rewards liberal political views above most all else.
Along similar lines, the woman who made me pay attention to the names of political operatives is Nicole Wallace. Her behavior of simultaneously serving as Sarah Palin’s aide while dishonestly sabotaging her to a gleeful liberal media was so disloyal, self-aggrandizing and despicable that I decided to write her name down so I would remember to be wary of anyone who ever hired her.
Nicole Wallace was recently hired by The View, a talk show that tends to feature three or four super-liberal hosts and then, supposedly, one conservative one. That’s always been a silly model, considering how unfair a fight it is and how it “others” conservative women despite the fact that we exist in the same percentages as liberal women.
But the notion that Nicole Wallace could serve in this role is laughable and speaks to how completely out of touch with reality the producers of The View are. Of course, they also brought back a host who believes that fire can’t melt steel, so they’re not known for their grasp of reality.
Let’s get the Nicole Wallace business out of the way. Basically there were two staffers on the John McCain for President campaign back in 2008 that leaked unhelpful information to pliant media like broken sieves. If various accounts are to be believed, these individuals were Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace. You can look at some of the evidence for those now-widely accepted claims here. Stuff like:
In a nutshell, the controversy centers on this sentence from the VF profile: “Some top aides worried about her mental state: was it possible that she was experiencing postpartum depression? (Palin’s youngest son was less than six months old.)”
Now, I’ve been around enough campaign operatives to know that at some point on flailing campaigns, many of them start worrying about whether they’ll be blamed for the results of the election. So they start positioning themselves as smarter, better, wiser, whatever, than everyone else, most importantly the candidates themselves. There is nothing new about this.
But the McCain-Palin campaign was known for taking this to astronomically ridiculous levels. Doing stuff like, oh, I don’t know, personally purchasing expensive clothing for the VP candidate and then claiming it was all the VP’s idea. Or suggesting that the candidate had post-partum depression. Or completely failing to prepare a candidate for interviews and then suggesting that the candidate was the problem. You know, that kind of positioning that goes light years beyond normal positioning. If the leakers had spent a fraction as much time doing decent jobs as they spent talking crap, well, John McCain still would have probably lost. But either way, what reprehensible behavior for campaign aides.
I tried to find a title for this post that really captured my true feelings. Dick Morris is one of my least-favorite people. He used to be a political consultant working for Bill Clinton, but for nearly twenty years now he has made a career out of dishing dirt on Bill and Hillary. He’s been doing that ever since he got canned in the middle of Bill’s 1996 reelection campaign for cavorting with a toe-sucking hooker.
Even so, at least Morris waited until the election was over to turn on his client. Former GOP campaign consultants Nicolle Wallace and Steve Schmidt began dishing alleged dirt on Sarah Palin during the campaign, and both of them have made new careers out of bashing Republicans in general and Sarah Palin in particular ever since.
After what they did to Sarah Palin nobody in their right mind would hire either of them to run a campaign, so now they get paid to talk trash about the people they used to work for. And they do this while presenting themselves as conservative Republicans.
They are quislings – one of the lowest forms of life on earth. Respectable people should have nothing to do with scum like that.
The hiring of Nicolle Wallace as a co-host of The View makes me wish I was a regular viewer so I could stop watching in protest. But since I never watch the show anyway I doubt that ABC gives a rat’s ass what I think.
I guess I’ll just have to wait for karma to catch up to her.