Watch out America. The beast created by the GOP seems to have a mind of its own and it is reported she’s starting to disregard the advice and suggestions of her advisors and take the campaign where she thinks it should go. And like John McCain who can’t seem to stop himself from self-destructing despite increasingly negative poll numbers, Sarah Palin is pushing forward with her McCarthy-esque approach to American politics despite the most recent Washington Post poll suggesting voters now have unfavorable views of the Alaska governor. And it seems her desire to break out on her own has created some serious tensions within the McCain camp. However, Palin supporters within the campaign are blaming her “handlers” for any negative attention Palin may be receiving. “She’s lost confidence in most of the people on the plane,” said a senior Republican referring to Palin’s campaign jet. “I think she’d like to go more rogue.”
Many Republicans who believe Palin should run for president next election are worried that McCain aides are preparing to blame her if John McCain loses this election. “These people are going to try and shred her after the campaign to divert blame from themselves,” a McCain insider said. Many are blaming McCain’s chief strategist, Steve Schmidt, as well as former Bush aide Nicolle Wallace who has played a major role in Palin’s campaign. “A number of Gov. Palin’s staff have not had her best interests at heart, and they have not had the campaign’s best interests at heart,” the McCain insider continues. However “There are people in this campaign who feel a real sense of loyalty to her and are really pleased with her performance and think she did a great job” .
A close ally to Sarah Palin outside the campaign was quoted as saying, “Her strategy was to be trustworthy and a team player during the convention and thereafter, but she felt completely mismanaged and mishandled and ill advised. Recently, she’s gone from relying on McCain advisers who were assigned to her to relying on her own instincts.”
It seems Reporters have recently taken notice of Palin’s “instincts” as she has been more open and willing to chat with traveling press and local reporters and voice her opinions during a round of interviews on talk radio, cable and other broadcast outlets.
However, other McCain aides support Wallace and Schmidt, admitting that Palin was “green,” and that she incomprehensibly insisted on publicly criticizing Mr. McCain for not attacking Barack Obama for his relationship with his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, as well as speaking out publicly against McCain’s decision to end campaigning in Michigan.
Ben Smith of Politico reports that “Four Republicans close to Palin said she has decided increasingly to disregard the advice of the former Bush aides tasked to handle her, creating occasionally tense situations as she travels the country with them.” He points out that there are now “stirrings of a Palin insurgency.”
To quote from Mary Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN:
It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open . . .