I Know Nothing! Nothing!


“Game Change.” the just-released book on the 2008 campaign, portrays the vetting of [Sarah] Palin as “hasty and haphazard” and reports that McCain’s campaign didn’t speak with the former governor’s husband, political allies or enemies or even send anybody to Alaska to look into her background until after she was selected.

Asked on NBC’s “Today” show if the book was fair in its assessment, McCain responded: “I wouldn’t know.”

Pressed by host Matt Lauer how the GOP presidential nominee wouldn’t know about the vetting of his own running mate, McCain said: “I wouldn’t know what the sources are or care.”

Original DVD cover
(Capt Underpants/Traitor Joe button borrowed from here)

Instead of addressing the charges in the book, the senator repeatedly said he was “proud” of Palin and his campaign — the same refrain he’s kept up since he lost the election as Republicans and even some top members of his own campaign team have criticized the polarizing former governor.

But Lauer didn’t drop the issue and. in continuing to ask McCain about Palin, drew a flash of the senator’s famous temper.


He did say, though, that he would “always be grateful for having her as my running mate and the support we got from millions of Americans.”


In their new book, authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann reveal that some of McCain’s top campaign advisers had second thoughts about Palin even before the campaign ended.

McCain and his advisers spent just five days vetting Palin, according to the book, ultimately putting together a 42-page report on her in a matter of just 40 hours.

And on Sunday, McCain’s former top campaign aide, Steve Schmidt, went on national television with his long-held concerns about Palin, saying on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that she had problems with the truth and was uninformed on major policy issues.

Asked if he was “disappointed” by Schmidt’s public attacks on Palin, McCain said that he was “proud of everybody in my campaign.”

(Video at POLITICO link above)

From Anchorage Daily News:

Some more interesting tidbits on Sarah Palin from the book, “Game Change.”


When Palin met McCain, the team that was vetting her had been doing so for just five days, “less investigation than a potential assistant secretary of agriculture would receive.” McCain’s advisers, Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter, weren’t “poking and prodding to find every possible weakness in Palin,” the authors note. “They didn’t explore her preparedness to be vice president. They assumed she knew as much as the average governor, and that what she didn’t know, she would pick up on the fly. They weren’t searching for problems. They were looking for a last-second solution.”


[I]n judging Palin, they were relying on vetting “so hasty and haphazard it barely merited the name. No one had interviewed her husband. No on had spoken to her political enemies. No vetters had descended up Alaska…Palin’s life still was a mystery to McCainworld. And she was still a stranger to McCain.”

McCain, though, saw himself in Palin in her “outsider’s courage” and the “willingness to piss all over her party. “He loved that she’d taken on that pork-barreler Ted Stevens, whom he despised.”


But according to the authors, when President George W. Bush heard of McCain’s pick (on a TV in the basement of the West Wing), he at first thought it was Tim Pawlenty. “But then he realized that the name was Palin, and he was completely baffled. (Where did that come from?)

Vice President Dick Cheney “had a harsher reaction,” the authors write. “Palin was woefully unprepared, and McCain had made a ‘reckless choice,’ Cheney told his friends.”


At McCain HQ, a white board was set up with a list of controversies the press was exploring…The campaign quickly discovered that consulting her about any issue on the board inevitably yielded a sanitized version of reality.”

Palin had pledged “to banish Alaska temporarily from her thoughts and concentrate on the task at hand.” But she and her husband, Todd, were “fixated on her reputation in the state,” the authors report. […] Sarah voiced so much anxiety over her gubernatorial approval ratings that Schmidt promised to commission a poll in Alaska to prove her fears were groundless.” (That poll was later scrapped.)

Palin had “substantial deficiencies,” the authors report, and her “grasp of rudimentary facts and concepts was minimal.”


“Asked who attacked America on 9/11, she suggested several times that it was Saddam Hussein. Asked to identify the enemy that her son would be fighting in Iraq, she drew a blank. (Palin’s horrified advisers provided her with scripted replies, which she memorized.)


As she got to work on preparing for her debate with Joe Biden, Palin’s “bandwith was constricted; her road show was becoming a traveling circus-cum-soap opera.


The debate preparations were going so badly that McCain suggested they move them to Sedona, and called in Sen. Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice presidential candidate, to help out. “The situation was wildly unconventional already: a Democratic senator being imported into a top-secret lockdown to assist a Republican vice-presidential candidate whose mental stability was in question.”

Palin herself had “lost faith in McCainworld. She felt belittled and lectured to by the senior staff; whenever an aide told her Schmidt was waiting to talk to her on the phone, Palin’s reflexive reaction was, ‘Do I have to?'”


Many of McCain’s closest advisers believed that if he were to win the presidency, it was essential that Palin “be relegated to the largely ceremonial role that premodern vice presidents inhabited…some in McCainworld were ridden with guilt over elevating Palin to within striking distance of the White House.”

The Obama team had the same sense, the authors report. One adviser leading a focus group with swing voters watched as a swing voter “let loose with a string of not-unfamiliar broadsides against Obama,” including raising questions about whether he is Muslim or born in the United States.

The adviser was confused, the authors report. “If you think all these terrible things about Obama, he asked the woman, how can you possibly be undecided?” Her response: “Because if McCain dies, Palin would be president.”


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23 responses to “I Know Nothing! Nothing!

  1. Nice work N. I am so relieved she’s found a home with other fine people who don’t feel any need to tell the truth or be informed before they go on the air and lie about everything.

  2. Sue

    OH THE HORROR of it all!! Every fuckin single one of ’em, insane!!

    • i like how capt underpants tries to act like this is no longer relevant. if i was a vote in arizona, i would like to know if my senator based his votes on the facts, his ambition, or because it will help him get back at someone he hates.

      • mary b

        He did act as though it (vetting of Palin) was irrelevant. His response to Lauer was that it was a year ago and he’s focused on the real issues.
        Well, if they had managed to steal the election, it would be very fuckin relevant. McCain is an ass. What would he have had to say if they were in the White House when this information came out?
        McCain, “Oh I’m so proud of everyone on my staff”. That would be if he was still breathing. Because although McCain has his talking points down and is knowledgeable on some matters, he’s not very bright overall.
        I hope he loses re-election to the Democratic nominee. I have read in many other blogs and newspapers that he is fighting a tough re-election battle against a Tea Bagger.
        We know he’ll never tell the truth about Palin’s stupidity because it’s a reflection on his judgement. But you have to give credit where it’s due. Schmidt was crucial in picking Palin. If he has the balls to go on national tee vee and admit that he screwed up, then it has to be a lot worse than what we all already know.
        McCain should just retire and not even pursue re-election. It would save any image of dignity for him.

        • the only reason he isn’t throwing his good friends, princess and toddy, under the bus is that he’s scared stiff of losing to j.d. hayworth, who appeals to the teabaggers. he can’t afford to piss off princess’s base, because that’s hayworth’s base. he has no integrity whatsoever, and he looks like an ass.

  3. “Game Change” is really stirring sh–uh, stuff up, isn’t it?

    So, if McCain is Sgt. Schultz, who’s Colonel Klink?

    • well, colonel klink is bald and was calling the shots. i’ll have to see steve schmidt with a monocle to tell you for sure. schmidt might be dissing princess now, but he’s one of the ones who picked her in the first place. talk about being hoisted on your own petard.

    • mary b

      Steve Schmidt.

  4. Vegas bookies are giving odds on how long she’ll last. Will Greta convert her to scientology? When will the secret tapes and photos be made public? So many questions and so few answers. But we can look forward to the tell-all book on Fox when she quits. Maybe we can get Lewis Black to write the cover notes.

    • she won’t quit this time. they’re probably giving her a fortune and demanding very little from her. she’ll appear for a couple of minutes every once in a while, but faux will be able to advertise over and over again that she’ll be appearing. they’ll flash her face on their commercials every break. that’s enough for her moronic followers, and it will be fine with her, because there will be no real work involved.

      • mary b

        You are right, Nonnie.
        They (Fox) did say she would only be appearing occasionally. That she would be an “occasional guest analyst.”

        Murdoch is probably trying to make back some of the money he lost when they heavily discounted her book before it was even released to the public.


        • all they want is to be able to put her picture up and say that she’s part of the faux team. they won’t require her to say anything that wouldn’t fit on a very, very small index card.

  5. McCain is a has been, and he’d probably like to blame Palin & her hoe down freak show of a family for the loss of the election. But she’s still going strong in the media- as train wrecks often do- so he’s taking the “she was a good choice” route, probably to save his own face. If he calls her a loser…. & she becomes “successful” @ Faux news anyway (how’s THAT for an oxymoron???)… then he would just come across as a shallow, bitter, out-of-touch old man.
    That ship has already sailed, when his campaign let loose the “Obama the terrorist” low blows that lead other politicos to call foul.

    I just hope we don’t wake up on day to a horrible nightmare of Fox news being the first to announce Palin is running for Prez. complete w exclusive interviews, and photos of her beauty queen daze.

    If she ran on a repug ticket, might we be forced to adopt their nasty game plans? That is register as repugs in order to vote her out in the primary?

    Or will the repugs eschew her & she will *go rogue* & run as an independent?

    Stay tuned for more of
    As the political stomach turns.


    • i wonder how capt underpants gets anyone to work on his campaign now that he’s shown that he doesn’t give a damn about anybody who works for him. she smeared his campaign workers, and he just smiles and says it’s all in the past. so much for loyalty. i guess he pays them a lot of money.

  6. First of all, great work! I love “The Man Who Knew Too Little,” and you did a great job with the parody.

    Second … ain’t it a shame we missed having these geniuses in the White House? Sen. “I’m proud of all my people and their ability to stab each other in the back while covering their behinds” would have made a great President! I can just imagine the decisive stands.

    • wow, wickle! that’s twice in recent history that i impressed you with my choice of movies! i don’t remember if i saw that movie or not.

      if i thought about capt underpants winning, i don’t think i’d ever be able to sleep again without waking in the middle of the night screaming. it’s amazing that, in this country, supposedly the greatest in the world, we can’t find better people to run for office. it’s rather stunning.

      • Yes, and both for goofy comedies.

        For the record, I do sometimes watch other types of movies!

        Anyway … yes, last go-round we did sort of scrape the bottom of the barrel for a GOP nominee. A friend of mine (who would call himself a straight-ticket Republican) has characterized the 2008 primary as “a contest to see which candidate could suck the most, and they all did a great job.”

        • it’s not just the last go-round, though the goopers hit a new low with princess sarah. look at some of the people who are in the house and senate, and i mean on both sides of the aisle. it used to be that people ran for office, because they cared about the country and wanted everyone to do better. now, it’s just a steppingstone to a lucrative lobbying job, or a way for rich people to make sure they can protect their own wealth.

  7. your reader said it all

    what a country – people who actually LIKE and RESPECT someone as evil and stupid as palin