Palin a “diva” and a “whack job”

“She is someone who has a passionate base that constitutes millions of Americans, but in the year since the election has ended, she has done nothing to expand her appeal beyond that base into the middle of the electorate where elections are decided.”

So says McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt of his guy’s former running mate Sarah Palin. Was he the anonymous McCain staffer who said she was a “diva” and a “whack job?” We may never know.

But he was the one who refused to allow the McCain campaign to refute Todd Palin’s membership in the Alaska Independence Party. Sarah Palin wanted the campaign to make a statement that Todd Palin’s secessionist tendencies were ridiculous. She said in an email to Schmidt:

“Pls get in front of that ridiculous issue that’s cropped up all day today – two reporters, a protestor’s sign, and many shout-outs all claiming Todd’s involvement in an anti-American political party,” Palin wrote. “It’s bull, and I don’t want to have to keep reacting to it… Pls have statement given on this so it’s put to bed.”

Schmidt’s response? After some back and forth in which Palin persisted that the issue be addressed, he responded: Secession,” he wrote. “It is their entire reason for existence. A cursory examination of the website shows that the party exists for the purpose of seceding from the union. That is the stated goal on the front page of the web site. Our records indicate that Todd was a member for seven years. If this is incorrect then we need to understand the discrepancy. The statement you are suggesting be released would be inaccurate.

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