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    Schmidt thought it would be great.

    tryRobert Draper.

    On Sunday, Aug. 24, Schmidt and a few other senior advisers again convened for a general strategy meeting at the Phoenix Ritz-Carlton. McInturff, the pollster, brought somewhat-reassuring new numbers. The Celebrity motif had taken its toll on Obama. It was no longer third and nine, the pollster said — meaning, among other things, that McCain might well be advised to go with a safe pick as his running mate.

    Then for a half-hour or so, the group reviewed names that had been bandied about in the past: Gov. Tim Pawlenty (of Minnesota) and Gov. Charlie Crist (of Florida); the former governors Tom Ridge (Pennsylvania) and Mitt Romney (Massachusetts); Senator Joe Lieberman (Connecticut); and Mayor Michael Bloomberg (New York). From a branding standpoint, they wondered, what message would each of these candidates send about John McCain? McInturff’s polling data suggested that none of these candidates brought significantly more to the ticket than any other.

    "What about Sarah Palin?" Schmidt asked.

    After a moment of silence, Fred Davis, McCain’s creative director (and not related to Rick), said, "I did the ads for her gubernatorial campaign." But Davis had never once spoken with Palin, the governor of Alaska. Since the Republican Governors Association had paid for his work, Davis was prohibited by campaign laws from having any contact with the candidate. All Davis knew was that the R.G.A. folks had viewed Palin as a talent to keep an eye on. "She’d certainly be a maverick pick," he concluded.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 04:58:12 AM PDT

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    •  I love this story. (4+ / 0-)
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      The Palin pick was so incredibly stupid that its history is very revealing.

      The notion that Palin, the ultimate base-pandering VP choice would be a "maverick pick" shows just how much McCain's people misunderstood their own #1 asset, McCain's (phony, imo) reputation as a bold centrist who stood up to his party.  

      Given how utterly hated the Bush administration is, maverickness in this sense was the one possible foundation for a successful McCain campaign. And the GOP hacks running his show just didn't get it.

      This nicely summarizes what's wrong with American political life today. (Source)

      by GreenSooner on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 05:07:52 AM PDT

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    •  Good lord (2+ / 0-)
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      I've chosen clothes with more thought and planning than this pick. Nobody even talked to her beforehand? While Obama had a committee poring through every detail of a candidate's life, and no doubt his campaign managers spoke to the finalists as well, these people basically flipped a coin.

      Howard Dean Forever and a Day

      by CarolDuhart on Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 05:12:51 AM PDT

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