Their has been unprecedented finger pointing, blame, and name calling going on in the McCain campaign.
This is surprising to me as Republicans are usually the disciplined party. Yet in this campaign,, they have been tearing each other apart in the past week.
Sarah Palin has been taking a beating lately,, and not from Democrats. Instead from 'Senior McCain Aides.'
In the past 4 days they have leaked to the media...
- $150,000 was spent on her wardrobe
- They have said that she has 'gone rogue'
- That she is a 'diva'
- And today she was called a 'whack job'
While I think there are serious schisms between the McCain and Palin camps something doesn't add up. Even with hard feelings about the direction of the campaign, this is beyond unprofessional, it is bizarre.
There are many reasons for this but I think it is one of two things.
One, this infighting could mean that their internal numbers are worse than the public poll numbers and they know the race is over and want to get the first shots of blame off.
But I'm not sure I buy that. I know a lot of campaign people, and giving up is not most campaign staffers makeup. You don't dedicate yourself for months and in some cases years, to spend the last week torpedoing your own campaign.
So here is where my paranoia kicks in.....
Are all these leaks the last tactic or 'hail mary' that the McCain team is trying?
Could it be possible they are trying to use the media to exploit these stories and hope that the coverage will be viewed as sexist or unfair towards Sarah Palin.
To attempt to turn Sarah Palin into a sympathetic figure or a victim?
To try and use that perception that to swing women voters back in their direction?
While this sounds and probably is crazy, its one of the ways that Hillary made a big comeback against Obama.
Remember the New Hampshire debate in the primaries. Obama was up 15points over Hillary Clinton when he uttered the ill-timed and delivered 'your likeable enough' line. It cost him New Hampshire and a lot of women turned on him through the rest of the primaries.
The difference is this Obama is different.
He learned his lesson running against Hillary Clinton though and despite Sarah Palin presenting opportunity after opportunity to attack her... he hasn't taken the bait.
Either way, whether it's true dislike between the two or a conspiracy theory contrived by me,, this is the oddest conclusion to a campaign.
Imagine if they win,,, how do you work together when your staffs have been destroying each other?