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There is bad behavior in every campaign and then there is awful, embarassing behavior. This account evidences plenty of the latter as McCain aides openly ridicule and insult Sarah Palin. The upshot, of course, is that they are disparaging John McCain, who selected her, and Steve Schmidt, who recommended her. But no where is the weaselly conduct more in evidence that in this self-serving remark from Nicolle Wallace, one of the aides responsible for Palin’s spectacularly unsuccessful roll out:

If people want to throw me under the bus, my personal belief is that the most honorable thing to do is to lie there.

No, there is nothing honorable in announcing that you are being unfairly blamed. That would be the same as fingering the candidate for the mistakes.  The appropriate comment from a loyal and competent staffer would have been something like this:

We made errors and didn’t show Governor Palin off to the nation in the way she deserved and which would have allowed her many attributes to shine through.

I am sure future campaigns and candidates will take note. Try to find the advisors who know it’s their job to take the blame, boost the candidate, and avoid damaging the people for whom they work. And if they can’t, at least be quiet.


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