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Friday, October 03, 2008

Palin Protection Plan

Check this out:
Palin said the decision to pull out of Michigan, which was announced Thursday, was "not a surprise" to her since polls show McCain slipping in the state.

But Palin said that when she read the news, she "fired off a quick e-mail and said, 'Oh come on, do we have to?'"

"Todd and I, we'd be happy to get to Michigan ...We'd be so happy to speak to the people there in Michigan who are hurting," she said. "Whatever Todd and I can do in realizing what their challenges in that state are .... I wanna get back to Michigan and I want to try."

It's unclear whether the McCain campaign will heed Palin's request. McCain aides said on a conference call Thursday that Michigan had always been the weakest of the toss-up states for them, and that they are still competing in several other battlegrounds like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, and moving resources into high-stakes states like Florida.

Palin's public break with McCain on strategy is surprising but not unprecedented. She has disagreed with him on policy issues like drilling in Alaska, and she said in Thursday night's debate that it's inevitable the two will disagree.

"What do you expect? A team of mavericks," she said. "Of course we're not gonna agree on everything."

There are Republicans who are going to say "shut up Governor and get back in your place." They can go pound sand.

You know what you're going to see in this campaign, potentially, as it moves toward its conclusion? A split in GOP circles between those who support the top of the ticket and those who support the bottom of the ticket.

John McCain may have won the nomination, but Sarah Palin is the star of this show and the future of the party. If McCain doesn't get his act together, and soon, there will be a strong desire to circle the wagons around Palin and protect her from the stain of any association with this stiff.

I would give McCain until Monday. If he doesn't start setting the record straight on the financial scandal, I would encourage Governor Palin to consider going her own way, subtly of course, but with an eye toward letting the GOP base know that she's with them and not McCain.

This statement urging a reconsideration of the Michigan pullout is just great. What Palin may need to consider for herself, however, is a pullout from the McCain campaign.

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