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    McCain aides dish Palin dirt

    http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/531790

    Claim Alaska governor did not know Africa is continent
    Nov 06, 2008 10:50 AM

    Lee-Anne Goodman
    THE CANADIAN PRESS

    WASHINGTON Sarah Palin wasn't aware that Africa was a continent and she and her brood behaved like a band of "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," aides to Republican John McCain are telling prominent news organizations.

    Less than 24 hours after McCain lost the presidential election to Democrat Barack Obama, those close to him apparently wasted no time burning up the phone lines to dish the dirt on Palin, the Alaska governor who portrayed herself as a sensible hockey Mom when she was chosen the Arizona senator's running mate in late August.

    If the anonymous McCain insiders are to be believed, Palin was unaware that Africa was a continent, arguing that South Africa was simply a region of the larger country of Africa.

    She also didn't know the three countries Canada, the U.S. and Mexico that are in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

    A call last week by a Quebec radio prankster pretending to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly became a fiery source of tension between the already feuding McCain and Palin camps. An aide to the Alaska governor, Steve Biegun, OK'd the call without discussing it with McCain's people or the U.S. State Department.

    The Los Angeles Times reported that an outraged Steve Schmidt, McCain's top strategist, organized a conference call after the prank which revealed Palin to be ill-informed and naive made international headlines and brought further ridicule to the campaign.

    He demanded to know who had arranged the Sarkozy call and questioned why anyone would have agreed to such an unusual request and then failed to clear it with top staff.

    Biegun immediately took responsibility.

    "I was fooled," he told the L.A. Times in a report published Thursday. "No one's going to beat me up more than I beat myself up for setting up the governor like that."

    The leaked stories about Palin's alleged antics throughout the campaign are appearing in publications that include Newsweek magazine and the New York Times just as Republicans begin meeting Thursday in Virginia to discuss the future of the party.

    Many in the party's right wing are enthralled by Palin and her socially conservative views, and hope to make her a presidential candidate in 2012.

    "I'm not doing this for naught," Palin said recently when asked about her aspirations.

    Yet soon after she was chosen McCain's running mate and despite publicly defending her, his campaign insiders say they became queasy with the growing knowledge that Palin was desperately unqualified and ill-prepared to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

    They attempted to bring her up to speed on the issues of the day, but she refused any efforts to prepare her for a string of disastrous interviews with CBS's Katie Couric that proved extremely damaging to the McCain campaign.

    The McCain insiders have told various news organizations that Palin nonetheless threw angry temper tantrums over their mishandling of her when the Couric interviews went badly.

    The most sensational of the stories leaked with many more supposedly still to come in the days to follow involve Palin's infamous US$150,000 spending spree at some of the most expensive stores in the United States.

    Despite her self-styled image as a down-home working mother opposed to big government spending, the aides told Newsweek she behaved like anything but: spending tens of thousands of dollars more than the US$150,000 originally reported on clothing, accessories and luggage for herself and her family.

    One senior aide told the magazine that she was told to buy three suits for the Republican National Convention and hire a stylist, but instead, the vice-presidential nominee began amassing costly goods from stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

    At one point during the campaign, Palin's youngest daughter, seven-year-old Piper, was photographed carrying a US$790 Louis Vuitton bag.

    Two sources told Newsweek the goods were bought by a wealthy donor, who was flabbergasted when he saw the bills. Palin also allegedly instructed low-level staffers to buy her clothes on their credit cards, something the McCain campaign only discovered last week when the aides sought reimbursement.

    Palin aides had a different version of events, with several telling the Los Angeles Times that she was outraged by the amount of money being spent on her clothing and that she was naive about what the clothes cost.

    "The very first day of shopping, there was a $14,000 price tag and . . . she was absolutely shocked," one of the Palin insiders said.

    Another told Newsweek: "Gov. Palin was not directing staffers to put anything on their personal credit cards, and anything that staffers put on their credit cards has been reimbursed, like an expense."

    On Wednesday in Phoenix, Palin said: "There is absolutely no diva in me."

    Nonetheless, a Republican party lawyer is reportedly heading to Alaska to inventory and retrieve the clothes still in Palin's possession.

    The tensions between the two camps reportedly continued even into election night, when Palin met up with McCain at the Biltmore hotel in Phoenix with a concession speech in hand that she wanted to deliver before he took to the podium to address supporters.

    Much to her chagrin, she was told by senior McCain aides that such a speech would be inappropriate since vice-presidential nominees do not traditionally speak on election night.

    The relationship between Palin and McCain, in fact, had deteriorated in the final days of the campaign to the point that they were seldom talking.

    "I think it was a difficult relationship," one top McCain campaign official told the New York Times. "McCain talked to her occasionally."

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    People can rant all they want about Obama being picked cause of his colour, but if you ask me that crazy fruitloops nut Palin was a HUGE factor in people choosing Obama over McCain.

    McCain attempted to seduce the American public with this woman, and from the first day there was just dirt coming out about her. WORSE THING McCain ever did in picking her.

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