Sunday, October 26, 2008

American Elections 2008: Can McCain still fire Palin and Get Joe Lieberman?

This is extremely dangerous for McCain. I have been reading this Financial Times article today and it really got me thinking. McCain can still change the stakes with only 10 days to go and get Lieberman as is aide.

Gideon wrote about it and I somehow agree with him there. I think Palin may have quickly scored but Obama's calm composure, which many Democrats left with their heads scratching, came out not only a winner against the cowboy tactic to get a fake hockey mom to the table but also the credit crunch to which Obama has remained a resolved and cautious player.

On the global stage Obama has some experienced staff (One of them has helped shape Mexico's economy as well), while guess who McCain has? Ask Mark Hurd. Anyways, I think Palin may be causing a lot more damage by getting greedy and hogging a lot of attention for her own future plans. Reading all those comments from women across America and to all those subscriptions I have, I don't see any hardworking mom relating to her.

McCain stands some chance to win back some votes by firing her and getting a more experienced person on the table, Don't know if that is possible.

On the day of her nomination as McCain’s running mate, I wrote that choosing her was “bold, exciting, but also stupid” since it under-cut McCain’s argument that Obama was too inexperienced for the presidency. Then I spent the next couple of weeks worrying that I had got it badly wrong - and revealed myself as yet another liberal European pundit, out-of-tune with Middle America. She certainly gave a bravura performance at the Republican convention. And there was a definite Palin bounce in the polls.

But then it all started to go wrong. And - satisfyingly, given that Palin was being promoted as a feminist icon - it was two women who undid her. First. Katie Couric with her quietly devestating interviews on CBS; then Tina Fey, with her noisily devastating impersonations on Saturday Night Live. Sarah Palin turned into a bit of a joke - and that is usually fatal for a politician.

Worse, her selection then began to reflect back on McCain. A recent poll is suggestive. It shows that 52% of voters are less confident in McCain’s judgment because of the selection of Palin; just 38% are more confident. This latest stuff on her spending $150,000 on clothes since her nomination looks very damaging to me. It makes her sound more like Imelda Marcos than a hockey mum.

and here CNN reporting that McCain's aides are having serious trouble taming Palin.

McCain sources say Palin has gone off-message several times, and they privately wonder whether the incidents were deliberate. They cited an instance in which she labeled robocalls -- recorded messages often used to attack a candidate's opponent -- "irritating" even as the campaign defended their use. Also, they pointed to her telling reporters she disagreed with the campaign's decision to pull out of Michigan.

A second McCain source says she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

"She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone," said this McCain adviser. "She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else.

"Also, she is playing for her own future and sees herself as the next leader of the party. Remember: Divas trust only unto themselves, as they see themselves as the beginning and end of all wisdom."

Financial Times (Has Palin sunk McCain) and CNN (Palin going 'rogue')

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