Lady Boomer NYC has a few things to say about the trashing of Sarah Palin and over at Savage Politics, there’s another great post discussing Palin and her brave self-defense against the crap that has been hurled at her. After reading these posts, I recalled having heard the name “Nicolle Wallace” mentioned the other day on the TEEVEE, I did some nosing around. (Her bio at Wikipedia seems to cover a lot of what I found, so I’m linking to that rather than a lot of bits and pieces.)
As you may recall, the trashing of Palin started before the election. Back on October 25th a piece by Ben Smith at Politco.com delivered the negative news, but also quoted the pushback:
The emergence of a Palin faction comes as Republicans gird for a battle over the future of their party: Some see her as a charismatic, hawkish conservative leader with the potential, still unrealized, to cross over to attract moderate voters. Anger among Republicans who see Palin as a star and as a potential future leader has boiled over because, they say, they see other senior McCain aides preparing to blame her in the event he is defeated.
“These people are going to try and shred her after the campaign to divert blame from themselves,” a McCain insider said, referring to McCain’s chief strategist, Steve Schmidt, and to Nicolle Wallace, a former Bush aide who has taken a lead role in Palin’s campaign. Palin’s partisans blame Wallace, in particular, for Palin’s avoiding of the media for days and then giving a high-stakes interview to CBS News’ Katie Couric, the sometimes painful content of which the campaign allowed to be parceled out over a week.
“A number of Gov. Palin’s staff have not had her best interests at heart, and they have not had the campaign’s best interests at heart,” the McCain insider fumed, noting that Wallace left an executive job at CBS to join the campaign.
Let’s be clear. Wallace wasn’t just any “executive” at CBS…she was making a buck as a political analyst on the CBS News with Katie Couric. According to the Wikipedia summary:
Wallace also served as Communications Director for the 2004 Bush presidential campaign. Previously, she had held positions at the White House, under Florida governor Jeb Bush, and in the California Republican Party.
George W. Bush appointed her as White House Communications Director on January 5, 2005, the same day her predecessor, Dan Bartlett, vacated the post to become a more general Counselor to the President. Later that year, while serving as White House Communications Director, Devenish married Mark Wallace.  Mark Wallace had been Bush’s deputy campaign manager in 2004. She now uses her married name Nicolle Wallace.
Both she and her husband were enlisted to work with Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, helping to prepare her for interviews and debates.. Wallace’s leadership role on the campaign included naming Tucker Eskew as Palin’s counselor.
So we have a woman who worked for George and Jeb Bush, who slides over to the McCain campaign after a stint at CBS News with Katie Couric, who is responsible for preparing her for interviews and debates, and McCain loyalists smell a rat.
You know something? So do I! It’s my opinion that an attempt to destroy Palin is deliberately being carried out so that she does NOT become the voice of the GOP in the future. The GOP DC insiders are just like their Democratic brethren. They want who THEY want, and don’t give a damn about what the average supporter wants. And, let’s see if Wallace shows gets a new job in the media…I wouldn’t even be surprised if she parked herself with Couric again. Time will tell…
We don’t even know which side George W. was really on at this point. And, awhile ago I started thinking about Jeb Bush. He supported McCain and had some interesting comments along the way. Before the election he commented:
Jeb Bush said that “the possibility of limited government also requires a zeal for reform.”
“The things government does have to be done better. Those that don’t have to be done should stop being done,” he said.
Post-election, Jeb was quoted in a Politico.co piece by Jonathan Martin titled “GOP in Dire Straits“:
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said the party should take four primary steps: show no tolerance for corruption, practice what it preaches about limiting the scope of government (“There should not be such a thing as a Big-Government Republican”), stand for working families and small business, and embrace reform. “I hope there is a strong focus on recruiting candidates for governor as a top priority for 2010,” said Bush. “A reform conservative agenda can be shown at the state level regarding education, health care and environmental policy while the liberals advocate the status quo, just more of it, in Washington, D.C.”
Jeb was once touted back in 2005 by George W. as someone who would make a great President. Once he left the Florida governors’ office, he landed on the board of Tenet Healthcare (vilified for the deaths of patients during Katrina–ironically, Jeb is on the “Quality, Compliance & Ethics Committee) and in Lehman Brothers private equity group (see “Shaky Lehman Brothers Has Deep Ties to Florida”.) (He’s got tons of family baggage, too, but, heck, America seems to accept radical black theologians these days…). He may not have any chance to run for President and he may not want to, but it will be interesting to see if he has any say in what comes next for the GOP. He’s appeared to distance himself from George W. but who knows if that is real or not? We’ll have to see which Bush–George W. or Jeb–has a hand in what happens next. Or will it be both…or neither? And does Jeb make a run since the “dynasty” talk, which we also heard about Hillary Clinton, is on hold for now?
And what does all this mean for the future of Sarah Palin?
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