From The Huffington Post:
One of John McCain’s advisers recently called his running mate Sarah Palin a “diva” after she went off-script at a rally, and suggested she was looking after her own political future over the current campaign. Now another adviser ups the ante in a conversation with the Politico’s Playbook, labeling Palin a “whack job.”
Add this to the Republicans’ lessons learned in 2008: One man’s maverick is another man’s diva.
John McCain thought he was being clever picking a fellow maverick to be his running mate. The problem with mavericks, however, is that they don’t follow instructions. Pretty soon they go rogue and before you know it you’ve got a full-fledged diva on your hands.
When Sarah Palin, looking sharp in a black suit that could have come from Neiman Marcus, took the stage at a campaign rally in Leesburg yesterday, it didn’t take long for roguish elements to creep into her speech.
She was introduced by a construction company owner, Tito Munoz, whose name is common among Hispanics but not to the governor of Alaska. “I’ll tell you, Tito,” Palin said, “not since the Jackson Five has the name Tito been used so often.”
The Diva then introduced the Dude. “Someone I’d like you to meet, and that is my husband, Alaska’s ‘first dude,’ Todd Palin,” she said. When the crowd answered with chants of “Duuuuude! Duuuuude!” she added: “It’s about time we had a dude in the White House.”
Of course, the prospect of Palin coming to Washington in January seems increasingly academic; a Washington Post poll out Monday showed the Republicans trailing by eight points in Virginia, the latest in a catalogue of woes for McCain’s ticket. Assessing the wreckage, McCain advisers are piqued that Palin has out-mavericked the original maverick. She has broken with her boss on such disparate topics as Jeremiah Wright, Michigan, economic stimulus and, most recently, her $150,000 clothing allowance. Over the weekend, one McCain adviser said Palin is “going rogue.”
“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” a McCain adviser told CNN. “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.”
“Sarah Oh-Twelve!” bellowed a man in field coat and jeans, one of several thousand at the Leesburg rally, when Palin spoke about her tax policies yesterday.
The oh-twelve message, if mathematically flawed, seemed to capture the crowd’s sentiment. There were “I [Heart] Palin” bumper stickers on cars, “Team Sarah” T-shirts in pink, “Sarah!” pins and countless signs: “You Go Girl.” “You’re in Palin Country.” “Maverick Barracuda.” One of the souvenir vendors said his most popular offering was a pin showing Palin next to a pit bull and the usual “McCain-Palin” logo reversed, with her name first and in larger letters.
Palin made an attempt to limit her rogueishness. Ten times she used the phrase “John and I,” and she mentioned her running mate by name 18 more times. But the adoration of the diva in Leesburg is the sort of reception the man who picked her rarely gets from a Republican crowd.