Insiders Blame Palin Blunders on Rookie Staff
Allies: Interview gaffes, backing out of events all handlers' fault
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2009 11:32 AM CDT
One of the missteps that can't be chalked up to Sarah Palin's staff is allowing her daughter Bristol to be interviewed, an appearance that had the teen arguing against abstinence.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FILE)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin has made her share of missteps over the last few months—dropping invitations from conservative events at the last minute, making snide comments about Katie Couric, and appearing in front of doomed turkeys—and defenders of the governor are happy to blame Palin's Alaska staff and DC political action committee for their rookie blunders, writes Politico.

One problem, say the critics, is that a prominent Democratic lawyer got into Palin's inner circle: Greta van Susteren's husband John Coale. Other potential issues are a lack of communication among Palin's various handlers and their apparent tendency to approve moves without consulting her. Mistakes such as letting Bristol Palin be interviewed weeks after giving birth, though, are the governor's own.