Wallace, who has just published a novel (It’s Classified) about a woman elected to the presidency who turns out to be seriously mentally ill, went a step further when disparaging the possibility of a Palin candidacy.
“Look, I was inspired by her to write a book about someone who’s cuckoo-for-Cocoa-Puffs,” she says, “so don’t ask me.”
Steve Schmidt is a senior Republican Strategist. As John McCain’s Campaign Strategist in 2008 he was the guy principally responsible for selecting Sarah Palin as McCain’s VP nominee. Two nights ago he appeared on the Rachel Maddow show and told her that selecting Palin was a “failure” of the VP vetting process based on the criterion that the VP must be qualified to become president.
As Maddow pointed out last night, while there is lots unsubstantial pseudo-news always circulating around Palin and her family, it is certifiable political news that the guy responsible for selecting her as VP believes she isn’t qualified to be president. Especially since she’s almost certain to enter the primary race this month ahead of Florida’s October 31 deadline for entry onto the ballot.
Schmidt told Maddow:
I think there have been failures in the vice presidential vetting process, and I was involved in one of them. I think both parties have had failures in the vetting process—John Edwards, clearly, and the nominee in 2008. The first and foremost consideration should be, Is this person qualified to be commander in chief. I think if you look at the last couple years of American politics both on the Republican side and also on the Democratic side there have been deficiencies in that area.
Schmidt appeared on the show with another senior Republican strategist, Nicolle Wallace, whose proximity to Palin in ’08 inspired her to write a new novel about a VP nominee who makes it all the way into the White House before it’s discovered that she’s mentally ill. Wallace made no bones about Palin inspiring her book “It’s Classified,” saying of Palin, “I think she’s cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.”
If you think this is all inconsequential—that it’s too late for Palin to enter the race, that it would be crazy—never underestimate the crazy factor of Tea Party candidates. Palin has 31 days to get into this race, and she’s going to use every one of them.
I’d lay odds that she will have to make some kind of move to pacify her ‘donors’ not to be confused with ‘voters’! Palin will also make some kind of announcement with the media’s continued interest in her decision. She’ll have to PRETEND that she will get into the race and conveinently blame someone or something for hindering her ‘out of the box’ unconventional process.
Watch Schmidt and Wallace on Rachel Maddow below.