Angry Palin Aims to 'Go More Rogue'
Candidate gets testy with handlers as blame game builds
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2008 7:13 PM CDT
Sarah Palin speaks in front of Wooly the Wolverine, the West High School mascot, during a campaign appearance in Sioux City, Iowa, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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(Newser) – As Barack Obama holds his lead in the polls and pundits hand Sarah Palin her share of the blame, the VP candidate is getting testy with her handlers, Politico reports. "She's lost confidence in most of the people on the plane," a senior Republican said. "I think she'd like to go more rogue." Palin is accusing former Bush aides of mishandling her as she builds her own support in the campaign and the GOP.

Her struggles reveal a rift between Republicans who see her as a future leader and those who want her back in Alaska. "These people are going to try and shred her after the campaign to divert blame from themselves," said a McCain insider, referring to top adviser Steve Schmidt and Palin strategist Nicolle Wallace. An email from Wallace appears to concur: "If someone wants to throw me under the bus," she wrote, "my personal belief is that the most graceful thing to do is to lie there."