Ooops. Only 12 percent of those surveyed thought Palin shoudl be the GOP's new leader,but 29 percent said Romney!
Looks like she wanted to say a few words to the audience after John McCain's concession speech but HIS PEOPLE VETOED it.
Politco’s Mike Allen reports on a forthcoming Newsweek article, “Palin asked to speak along with McCain at his Arizona concession speech Tuesday night, but campaign strategist Steve Schmidt vetoed the request.”
Did that stop her? Nope. Afterwards, she hung around to milk the suckers who want her in 2012.
Thanks to the sharp eyes of The Times' Seema Mehta, Palin and her large, extended family were spotted walking back out onto the Biltmore Hotel's expansive lawn to what would have been the victory celebration site.
There, where McCain had graciously conceded shortly before, the Palin family posed with one another in front of the large U.S. flag hanging as the backdrop. A couple of dozen people nearby began chanting, "2012, 2012, 2012."
Palin smiled and waved.
Seems that Palin spent more money than was reporters on her clothing.
According to a preview by Politico’s Mike Allen, “McCain’s top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy“:
One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family — clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent ‘tens of thousands’ more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband.
Oh, I missed this-from the Newsweek link-
An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.
Newsweek reports that McCain “rarely spoke to Palin during the campaign, and aides kept him in the dark about the details of her spending on clothes because they were sure he would be offended.”
If you watch the McCain concession speech, he ends it by wishing her luck back in Alaska. And what ABOUT Alaska?Can Palin go home again?
For starters, there's Troopergate. Palin has to be happy with the vindication from the Personnel Board investigation, which contradicted a similar investigation made by an investigator hired by lawmakers into her firing of former Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan. But questions about the conflicting sworn testimonies of Palin and Monegan remain to be sorted out.
Well, uhm,. YEAH. HER investigation was partisan!
Moreover, attacks by the McCain campaign's "Truth Squad" against legislators involved in the Troopergate investigation have left a bad taste among Democrats, who were allied with Palin on important oil and gas priorities of her first two years.
Other matters have come up as well. Palin's two months in the national media spotlight raised questions about some of her activities as governor - in particular, her charging the state $17,000 in per diem payments for nights she stayed in her Wasilla home, and $21,000 for her children's travel.
No new policies have been set for those practices, McAllister said Tuesday. He stressed that the reimbursements were legal.
Other controversies lingering from the campaign include questions about gifts Palin received as governor and the use of private e-mail accounts to do state business. The state also still faces scores of time-consuming public-records requests for internal documents from media and the public.
Heh. AND John McCain privately thought Palin was More Trouble Than a Pitbull
P.S. From Dave Winer on LOSER Palin
We don't give losers a second chance in this country. (Yes, of course there are exceptions, but she isn't one of them, read on.)
Kerry thought he could run for President in 2008 after losing in a squeaker in 2004. It took a month or so before he realized that the Republicans would throw the exact same book at him they developed four years earlier, and while it wasn't fair then, it did work and it would work again.
Same with Palin. What little we really know about her is more than we wanted to know. When she shows up, if she's dumb enough to show up, as a candidate for President in 2010 or 2011, all we'll think of is the Katie Couric interview, and Charlie this and Charlie that, thanks but no thanks to the bridge to nowhere, the hypocrisy of a hockey mom who loves expensive clothes, and the pit bull with lipstick mavericky maverick reformer who fired a commissioner who wouldn't fire her ex-brother-in-law.
Palin is no longer a candidate, she's a punchline.
From Gawker- 5 step guide for what Palin should do now.
5. Join the cast of The View. This is where it all ends for you, Sarah. You were never going to be President. You never had a shot to be Vice President. You never even had the potential to be a serious political figure of any magnitude outside the strange and backwards frozen state of Alaska. But with a little perseverance you could end up on a couch, on daytime television, flanked by Barbara Walters and Joy Behar, arguing about Michelle Obama's wardrobe. Embrace your destiny, Sarah Palin. Elizabeth Hasselbeck can't hang on there forever.