Nicole Wallace’s Book–A Palin-inspired character is ‘cuckoo for Coco Puffs’

On last night’s Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel examined the remarks of former McCain/Palin campaign officials Steve Schmidt and Nicole Wallace regarding the possible candidacy or non-candidacy of half- term former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

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.

Sex, Drugs and Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs

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.


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 14:39:15

    Again, where were these people 2- 3 years ago? Oh, yeah– they were giving Sarah illegitamate authority to speak for the party, ideas and people so they can do their research to write a book!


  2. daisydem
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 14:51:32

    Syrin, I think Nicole Wallace’s book is about a V.P. who is elected and is crazy! I read an excerpt of the book (I forget where …there was a link to it) and after getting to Washington, the V.P. is interviewed and she knows nothing about what she is supposed to be doing. It is frighteningly very much like she who shall not be named.


  3. Syrin
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 17:08:16

    From WSJ
    In case you were wondering, Sarah Palin has no plans to announce tomorrow whether she’ll run for president .

    Sarah Palin speaks to tea party activists during the Restoring America event, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, in Indianola, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) “This is a serious decision, and I’ve engaged in serious deliberations. So within the next 24 hours don’t look for me to make a decision,” she said, according to excerpts of an interview on Fox Business Network set to air tonight.

    Ms. Palin, who has taken no serious steps toward a run, had said over the summer that she would have to announce her intentions by the end of September – that would tomorrow — in order to meet a long list of logistical requirements for getting on state ballots. But lately, she has suggested she has until later in the fall. Florida for instance, does not require state parties to submit the names of presidential candidates until Oct. 31.


  4. akbagirly
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 18:26:22

    The latest Jon Stewart piece on Sarah Palin is hysterical. She was on Greta Van Susteran bragging about how she’s a “Maverick” and a “Rogue”. She seems like she just can’t stand the attention that Chris Christy is currently getting. It came across really badly!

    It’s about four articles down on Immoral Minority. I’d post a link but I don’t know how without going to a lot of trouble.

    I have always been convinced that she would run, but her prospects look so bad now that I can’t imagine her announcing. If she does, then she really is certifiable.


  5. Diane
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 18:41:32

    She will run as a third party.
    She will not have to do those pesky interviews and debates.
    She will destroy herself politically if she causes the republican to lose because of her run.
    Curious though, she has not been d/c’d from fox. Wonder if theat means anything?


  6. Lonnie
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 20:02:03

    Fox is probably hoping she’ll announce soon so they could get rid of her. Every times she’s on they keep asking the same question like they’re getting antsy for her to go.


  7. WakeUpAmerica
    Sep 29, 2011 @ 20:34:02

    Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs pretty much sums it up. Interesting piece I read about the book said that the VP was hospitalized for 10 days in college for mental evaluation and diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Things that make one go “Hmmmm?”


  8. dz
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 00:36:52

    Thanks Wallace for making the ditzy Tara a Democrat. That must have made you tingle, getting that dig in. You’re lucky that you haven’t been dubbed an accessory to a crime. The crime of fraud. Knowing that you represented and abetted Palin for VP, a heartbeat away from the presidency, despite the inside knowledge of her that you were concealing is despicable if not illegal. Enjoy the generous campaign salary you banked and the ill-gotten gains you’ll earn from this silly little novelette. I thought Rachel Maddow would be more selective in her choice of ‘friends’.


    • akbagirly
      Sep 30, 2011 @ 20:13:29

      Yeah, it’s kind of dishonest that she made her a Democrat, however…………………a lot of Republicans would probably never buy any of the previously written books about Palin (thinking that they’re all hit pieces by Democrats), but they might read one written by a Republican, if they thought it portrayed a Democrat in a bad light.

      Maybe a light bulb will go off at some point and they’ll realize that it’s Palin she was actually writing about.


  9. Dragonpuff
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 01:28:18

    Wallace and Schmidt can do there little dance—NOW. But they and people like them should be criminally liable for disasters like Palin.

    Interesting that Wallace added John Edwards to the mix. I personally think John Edwards is a slime but truth be told he had not yet had the affair that resulted in a child when he ran with Kerry. ( Eeeewwww, I hate to defend him.) Edwards WAS vetted by President Obama’s team in 2008— that’s why we have VP Biden. But whereas Edwards is a moral slime I believe he would have been an extremely competent VP. But poor Sarah would have been handicapped by being both a moral slime and a base incompetent .


  10. Lidia17
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 03:01:21

    dz, I couldn’t agree more. The behavior of McCain and his staff was criminal, and like criminals they should not be allowed to profit from their crimes.


  11. Sally
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 04:20:19

    I refuse to read this book. Wallace was on Hannity the next night and sat there and said, “Not only is Obama talking about class warfare, he is instigating it.” The woman is a GOP operative and will never change. She’s trying to sell books. By the way, Hannity never mentioned the crazy woman in the book, just the sex. Panderers all, and I will not give any of them a dime.


  12. arnold kemp
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 07:57:47

    To DZ: What’s up with the shot at Rachel? She is the one who brought this to light. Nicole Wallace and Steve Schmidt were comfortable with Rachel. It may have made it easier to reveal just what they knew. I believe what you did was a cheap shot at Rachel Maddow.


    • Sammy
      Sep 30, 2011 @ 11:01:16

      I am bothered that RM chose not to interview Joe McGinniss but she had no problem bringing on the sleeze balls Wallace and Schmidt.


  13. martha_davidson (@martha_davidson)
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 12:10:10

    In her own words…sh­e is, as the McCain campaign Nicole Wallace called her, Cuckoo for Cocoa-puff­s…lol:

    ~~”Take Herb Cain. Look at why he’s doing so well right now.I guess you could say, with all due respect, he’s the flavor of the week,” ~~

    Palin said Tuesday on Fox’s “On The Record” with Greta Van Susteren.

    Palin defended her comments Thursday night;

    “What the media tends to do is, kinda gin up controvers­y, and propel this flavor of the week.

    ~~ I’m not saying that Herman Cain is the flavor of the week. ~~

    I’m one of his biggest fans, and I would never dismiss him or speak negatively about him.”


  14. martha_davidson (@martha_davidson)
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 12:16:28

    Oh…PS…you will note that Palin called Herman Cain “Herb Cain”…NUMEROUS times on Tues.

    FOX has since taken done the video footage of that interview AND changed the transcript of Greta’s program, to correct it to “Herman Cain”… have to be REALLY terrible to embarrass FOX, really terrible!!

    However this footage has been replayed on numerous network and cable news programs, …THEY still have copies and THEIR OWN TRANSCRIPTS…so nice try FOX, your attempts to cover up for your intellectually challenged employee is nothing short of ….pathetic…really.


  15. martha_davidson (@martha_davidson)
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 15:33:26

    “If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.”


  16. Mo Inkslinger
    Oct 01, 2011 @ 09:40:37

    Perhaps someone in Wasilla should produce a new line of souvenirs of a cuckoo clocks with Palin popping out of the little door.


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