1. After a CNN anchor conducts an objective inquiry into Sarah Palin’s experience and a McCain hack can’t defend her, McCain relies on the fact that the right will take any complaint about the librul media seriously. A Larry King interview is scrapped and the McCamp sends a strong message: they only play tee ball.
2. After Barack Obama comments that Palin was mayor of a tiny town and Biden makes a self-deprecating joke that Palin is better looking than him, McCain’s camp screams sexism. World scratches head.
3. Another McCain hack admits, “This election is not about issues.” You’d better hope so, buddy.
4. The McCain camp is trying to push back investigations into Sarah Palin’s abuse of power. She fired Alaska’s top cop for following procedure instead of being sucked into her family drama.
5. Phil Gramm is trying the new improved version of calling Americans whiners. See, you’re not a whiner if you’re a McCain supporter!
6. McCain hires the political hit man who took him out for Bush in 2000. McCain blamed Eskew for vicious smears that derailed his campaign in South Carolina, including the whisper campaign that Bridgett McCain was John McCain’s illegitimate black daughter.
7. The McCain camp decided that, while it would deny that it hadn’t thoroughly vetted Sarah Palin, it would send a team of investigative folks to Alaska…to vet her.
8. The GOP is sweating anvils over talk of Palin withdrawing from the nomination.
The Republican ‘Omerta’ strategy is, as one lonely GOP source noted to the Huffington Post, not credible. “Of course people talk about it [pulling Palin off the ticket] over a drink or at breakfast. Everyone agrees that it’s not in the cards now, but it’s crazy to tell you animals [reporters] that there is a total vacuum of thought.”
That note of realism does not, however, prevent the cadre of strategists and operatives here from toeing the line. “There has not been any talk that I’ve heard,” one well-connected player here contended. “Everyone is locking in on her.” This source did not declare that a change in the number two spot is forever off the table, however. “He [McCain] is not going to do it unless something that is completely off the radar now comes up.”
Off the radar? Obama’s opened up a significant lead on McCain in the polls. The persistence of low poll numbers had ought be on McCain’s radar, as well as the principle that it’s better to chop off the gangrenous leg before you end up six feet under.