McCain contra Palin
Understandably, John McCain is pushing back against Sarah Palin's vindictive criticism of the McCain team in her memoir, Going Rogue:
There's been a lot of dust flying around in the last few days and I just wanted to mention that I have the highest regard for Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace and the rest of the team... and I appreciated all the hard work and everything they did to help the campaign. I think it's just time to move on.
That's fine, but perhaps McCain needs to be reminded that he picked her -- and therefore is responsible for making her what she has become, what she is today. And while he may want to move on, much of the GOP, and pretty much the entirety of the conservative base that makes up McCain's party, clearly does not. Palin is a joke, yes, as David Brooks said the other day, but she's still hugely popular on the right, and the bitterness, the civil war that divides the GOP, will continue, with Palin on one side and McCain both on the other and in the past. McCain may be right, and his team may be right, and Palin's book may be full of lies, self-absorbed spin, but, with few exceptions, conservatives will side with her over him regardless of his protests.