Problems with Palin? "Pure, unadulterated baloney," says McCain

Jake Turcotte

Rumblings of an out-of-control, renegade, rogue Sarah Palin surfaced again today when an unidentified source told a CNN reporter that the Republican vice presidential nominee went off message again.

CNN reported that unnamed McCain staffers were not pleased that Palin "went off script Sunday and turned attention back to the controversy over her wardrobe."

What's she doing?

The Alaska Governor has received criticism recently for other episodes where she appeared out of joint with the campaign from holding her own press availability with reporters (her own staff tried to shut it down), disagreeing with the campaign's decision to pull out of Michigan (she offered up husband Todd to campaign there), and her voiced opposition to campaign "robo-calls" (she called the pre-recorded messages irritating).

All is well

When asked about the staff grumblings McCain told an Orlando anchorwoman everything was cool.

"That's pure baloney; we get along fine," McCain said.  "There's always a little infighting among staffs. That goes on.  It always has."

"Sarah and I could not be working more closely together," he continued.  "We're on the same team. A couple of mavericks aren't going to agree on everything."

Looking out for #1

But grumbles of an off-message candidate grew to accusations of not quite mutiny but certainly self-serving, if not self-saving behavior, according to yet another CNN report yesterday.

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."

Not so

But McCain is not buying into any of it.

"It is pure, unadulterated baloney that there is any problem," he said.  "You'll always get unnamed staffers and will say things that reporters want to hear from time to time."

What an anchor

The anchor went from this issue to praising Barack Obama's campaign organization before telling him "your campaign seems to be still trying to get itself organized."

"Really?" McCain harrumphed.

If there in any solace for McCain, it's the same cranky anchor that Joe Biden had troubles with as well.

Not believing her line of questioning last week, Biden stopped the interview momentarily asking, "Are you joking?"

Biden's wife later cancelled her appearance on the television station.

You've read  of  free articles. Subscribe to continue.
QR Code to Problems with Palin?
Read this article in
QR Code to Subscription page
Start your subscription today