McCain 2008

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Romney's Likely VP Pick: 'Incredibly Boring White Guy'

Campaign aims to do the opposite of McCain

(Newser) - Team Romney’s rule of thumb: Do the opposite of everything John McCain did in 2008, or so reports Politico in a look at the campaign's strategy. The approach applies broadly, say advisers—focus hugely on the economy, fully engage in fundraising, integrate early with the Republican National Committee—... More »

Steve Schmidt: Palin as President 'Frightens Me'

Former McCain strategist calls 'Game Change' 'very accurate'

(Newser) - Steve Schmidt, the former John McCain campaign strategist portrayed by Woody Harrelson in HBO's Game Change, pulled no punches when describing his reaction to the book on MSNBC this morning. "I think it was very accurate. For all of us in the campaign, it really rang true. It... More »

Full Game Change Trailer Debuts

And Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin is still pretty scary: reactions

(Newser) - If you thought Julianne Moore's Sarah Palin was terrifying in the first Game Change teaser , wait until you see her in the full trailer, where she utters lines such as, "We have to win this thing. I so don’t want to go back to Alaska." Watch... More »

Game Change Trailer Stars Terrifying Sarah Palin

HBO debuts first teaser

(Newser) - For all of you who have spent the past nine months wondering how Julianne Moore’s Sarah Palin impersonation will stack up against Tina Fey’s , you finally have your answer. HBO debuted its first teaser trailer for Game Change, the film due in March that's based on the... More »

Paulson: In '08 Crisis, John McCain Had No Plan

Ex-Treasury sec says Mac risked putting US economy in freefall for 'political gambit'

(Newser) - With the US economy in utter freefall, John McCain suspended his presidential campaign, jetted to Washington, called a meeting to fix the crisis—then did nothing, according the Henry Paulson's new book, On the Brink . In an excerpt in the Wall Street Journal, the former Treasury secretary recounts McCain's odd... More »

Why Steve Schmidt's Gunning for Sarah Palin

Enemies say he wants to be a pundit; friends say it's personal

(Newser) - Steve Schmidt has taken post-campaign sour grapes to new heights with his public assault on Sarah Palin on 60 Minutes, reports Politico . What drove him to it? That depends on who you ask, Politico reports. One Palin ally theorizes that Schmidt, damaged in political circles after the inept McCain campaign,... More »

A Guide to Going Rogue

Find out who gets bloodied in Palin's book

(Newser) - It's the read all of Washington has been waiting for, but, alas, it has no index. Lest Sarah Palin's friends, foes, and frenemies be forced to read it all the way through to see how they made out, Politico's Jonathan Martin and Andy Barr offer a guide: Friends
  • John McCain:
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Palin's Lost Concession Speech

Book reveals what McCain wouldn't let America hear

(Newser) - 'Twas a year ago tomorrow that John McCain’s team forbade Sarah Palin from delivering a concession speech, and a new book, Sarah From Alaska, gives you the chance to finally find out what she planned to say. Some highlights, from the Daily Beast :
  • “It would be a happier
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'Rogue' Palin Was Reading From Script

McCain team wrote 'palling around with terrorists' line: book

(Newser) - Sarah Palin was actually on message when she attacked Barack Obama’s relationship with former Weatherman Bill Ayers during last year's campaign, the Atlantic reports. A new book, The Battle for America, reveals that Palin received an email from top McCain staff suggesting she use the Ayers attack. It even... More »

Palin Story Sparks Catfight in McCain Crew

Senior campaign hands publicly bicker, with assist from Kristol

(Newser) - Senior McCain hands are wringing their dirty laundry in the public square thanks to Vanity Fair’s vicious piece on Sarah Palin, Politico reports. When William Kristol publicly accused chief strategist Steve Schmidt of being the story’s source, Schmidt fired back that it was “categorically untrue.” He... More »

Palin Let Bristol, Levi Share a Room

(Newser) - Bristol Palin's former fiancé says the couple shared a room at Sarah Palin’s home, and  the governor was wise to what was going on, Us reports. “I'm pretty sure she probably knew,” Levi Johnston tells Tyra Banks in an interview. “Moms are pretty smart.” Johnston... More »

Palin Hates Earmarks, but Alaska's No. 1

State has highest amount per capita; Is crusade on hold?

(Newser) - Sarah Palin crusaded against earmarks as a VP candidate, but she's going to reap the benefits as a governor. The new spending bill gives Alaska a total of $143.9 million for various projects, or $210 for each resident—the most per capita of any state, write Jonathan Stein and... More »

Lobbyist Linked to McCain Ends Times Suit

Iseman settles with no payment or retraction; article implied affair

(Newser) - Vicki Iseman, the lobbyist whose relationship with John McCain was the subject of an explosive New York Times article during the 2008 campaign, has settled her lawsuit against the paper. Iseman will receive no payment, and the Times has not retracted the article, which seemed to imply that she and... More »

Palin Off List for Bipartisan McCain Fete

Possible snub could be inaugural team's doing—or bad blood

(Newser) - The Obama inaugural committee is throwing a dinner honoring John McCain as an advocate of bipartisanship, but there's a gap in the guest list. Notably absent is running mate Sarah Palin, Daniel Schulman blogs for Mother Jones. “I don’t know if she was invited,” says a Palin... More »

Palin Slams Media for 'Salacious' Reports

Reporters habitually took her remarks out of context, Governor says

(Newser) - Sarah Palin attacked the “personal, salacious nature” of media reports about her during the 2008 campaign, accusing journalists of taking her remarks out of context “to create adversarial situations,” CNN reports. A statement from Palin’s office today specifically criticized the Atlantic (probably mostly just Andrew Sullivan)... More »

Mac Is Back, Pushing Reforms

GOP stalwart returns to Senate, eye on reining in lobbying and earmarks

(Newser) - Sen. John McCain, forgotten but not gone after his failed bid for the presidency, was back in form this week as he pushed bipartisan reform of earmarks and lobbying, Congressional Quarterly reports. Though the Arizona Republican’s eyes were watery and he had some trouble reading at the press conference,... More »

Palin Wishes She'd Talked to the Media More

Governor wishes she'd spoken to reporters more

(Newser) - Sarah Palin wishes she’d interacted with the media more while campaigning with John McCain, the Alaska governor told Human Events. Palin identified her “biggest mistake” in the ’08 campaign as not taking a more active role in communicating with voters through the media. “I was not... More »

'Bleeping' Mac Returns to Letterman

Mac's back but he's not talking about the 'bleeping' campaign

(Newser) - A jovial John McCain last night paid David Letterman his first visit since the election and made it crystal clear he wasn't interested in bringing up the past, AP reports. "I don't want to talk about the bleeping campaign," McCain said, smiling, actually using the word "bleeping.... More »

Finally: Mac Wins Missouri

Last state to be called leaves tally at Obama 365, McCain 173

(Newser) - Missouri, the last state up for grabs, looks to have gone Republican by less than a 1% margin, leaving John McCain with 173 electoral votes to Barack Obama’s 365, the Kansas City Star reports. There are still 3,000 uncounted provisional ballots, but McCain’s margin is large enough... More »

Palin Refuses to Give Up Post-Election Spotlight

Governor looks back in anger, ahead with interest

(Newser) - Sarah Palin is upending protocol with a barrage of post-election interviews, Alessandra Stanley writes in the New York Times. The Alaska governor may be seeking to repair her image after a brutal campaign, and to get the ball rolling now for a White House run, Stanley speculates. She's continuing to... More »

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