Top Palin Aide: I Wish They Were the Cleavers

Rebecca Mansour's direct messages leaked
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2011 10:27 AM CDT
Sarah Palin gives a thumbs up after speaking at a fund raiser at Colorado Christian University in Lakewood, Colo., on Monday, May 2, 2011.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

(Newser) – It pays to know who your social media friends are: Sarah Palin's spokeswoman and perhaps fiercest defender has egg on her face today after a former Palin supporter leaked a series of not-so-subtle Twitter direct messages to the Daily Caller. Rebecca Mansour savaged top Republicans in the private messages—and even Palin's own family, notes Politico. A sampling of the highlights:

  • On Bristol Palin's former plans to marry Levi Johnston: “I wish they were the Cleavers too. But it’s life. Two words: Patti Davis. Okay three more: Ron Reagan Junior. Two more: Billy Carter. Doesn’t your family have one?" Then: “She will hold her at arm’s length. Even Thatcher was never able to disown her screw up son Mark. It’s a Mom thing."
  • On Joe McGinniss: “Time to find a way to go medieval on this McGinniss. Don’t be fooled by the light tone of the [Facebook] post. The BigBoss is so upset by this.” Then, in response to an unknown message: “I was thinking more along the lines of mailing him a dead fish."
  • On endorsing Nikki Haley: Palin “took a big risk in endorsing Nikki. You don’t pick a loser in SC. Very important state. Mitt has no hope of winning it, so…he could endorse a 4th place underdog ‘cuz his strategy for ‘12 is ignore the South. SC is crucial to someone like the Gov. She took a risk."
  • To supporters: “Hey can you remember to send BigBoss some love @SarahPalinUSA. She reads her RTs (now that she has the new BB Twitter app) & haters spam her."
Mansour's Twitter account is here.

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