Sarah Palin, Nicolle Wallace, CBS, Katie Couric…Too Close for Comfort? (And What of George and Jeb?)

~~By InsightAnalytical

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. [1] Mark Wallace had been Bush’s deputy campaign manager in 2004. She now uses her married name Nicolle Wallace.

A political analyst for the CBS Evening News until May 2008, she has more recently served as a spokesperson for the John McCain presidential campaign.[2][3]

Both she and her husband were enlisted to work with Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, helping to prepare her for interviews and debates.[4]. Wallace’s leadership role on the campaign included naming Tucker Eskew as Palin’s counselor.[5]

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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19 Responses

  1. GRL,

    I have no problem discerning who George W. Bush is backing. His support of Obama has been rather blatant in both ignoring the IL Senator’s violations of the Logan Act (campaigning for Raila Odinga in Kenya on the taxpayer’s dime in 2007, suggesting the Iraqi Foreign Minister wait until after the US elections to finalize troop withdrawal plans) and his failure to “release the dogs” on behalf of a fellow Republican. Not to mention that Bush thought it was “pretty cool” that Obama was elected.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/barackobama/3407273/Emotional-President-George-W-Bush-thought-Obamas-election-triumph-was-pretty-cool.html

    Seeing the actions of Bush and especially Karl Rove following the election, all doubt has been removed from my mind as to who the mysterious force behind Obama’s meteoric rise to the top was.

  2. Yeah, I lean that way, too ( I hedge my bets a bit due to “journalistic neutrality!) …but I wouldn’t have brought GW and Jeb up if I didn’t think there was cause for suspicion!! LOL!!!

  3. What in the blazes is going on in this country?

  4. Interesting analysis.

  5. Betty,

    It’s called a Coup d’Êtat. We’ve been invaded from within.

  6. It’s plain these GOP folks consider Palin merely as canon fodder that was useful in a race they were planning to lose….but who now must be discarded.

    If the GOP was planning on winning, there would have been no hyper public $$ melt down before the election and several bid laden tapes pimped by the press. They weren’t even trying.

    Palin was put in there so a male GOP-er would not take the fall along with McCain…..or take the party reins afterwards.That she was loved by the increasingly irrelevant public is a problem they must punish her for . But from this info , one can see the GOP elite were going to sink her and McCain all along.

  7. Yep. Grail Guardian, that’s pretty much it. And the obots still have no idea what the hell happened. I wonder if they ever will.

    I hope Team Sarah stays up and running. I’d like to see her keep the momentum going. We need to oust these weasels. Hillary almost did it. Maybe Sarah can. I know that’s outrageously optimistic thinking but it’s something to hold on to for now. The next four years are going to be long and rocky ride.

  8. gxm17,

    The Oborg has no desire to see the truth, and therefore never will.

  9. I have been impressed with Sarah Paliln, and the more I see and hear from her, the more I am impressed. If we want to take back anything, it will not be with what is left of the Dem. party, it will be with a new coalition, that may include moderate Reps. People have to start thinking about that and deciding if they want to be involved in reclaiming democracy, or just sit on the side and complain.

  10. Grail,

    You are so right. It was obvious from the beginning that Karl Rove wasn’t counseling Donna Brazile just because he liked her charming personality. On election night he was unable to control his delight at the results even before the last tally was in.

    If Bush was rooting for Obama behind the scenes it is no surprise that Obama was so confident in defying the outcry for the documentation of his origins. He got a free pass and is going to have access to all the security information of this country when he coulldn’t even get a security clearance for a municipal police officers job if he should apply.

    It leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Was there some involvement with government agencies in the past (as some on other sites have intimated)? As Alice said in wonderland, it gets curiouser and curiouser.

    Maybe the push to keep Sarah Palin down is because she would be too much competition for Jeb Bush in a future bid for the WH. No one in either party expected the public to be so enchanted by this Governor of Alaska. She captured the hearts and minds of many Americans and that makes her a threat to the establishment.

  11. IA,
    Your info on Nicolle is very interesting. I wasn’t aware of her connections to the Bush’s and Katie Couric. After reading your post I’m convinced that those two demeaning interviews were planned to be just what they were. Propaganda to undermine Gov. Palin. Wallace was a plant to squash the Governor.

    And now, even though the election is over, the trashing and bashing haven’t stopped. The whole set-up of the clothing deal when Gov. Palin was comfortable in her own clothes was part of the whole scheme of things. Just another dirty trick played on a woman by another woman. When will it stop? Don’t these selfish women realize that if women don’t stick together we will forever be banished to the back room?

  12. Amazing analysis that is so divorced from reality that its laughable. Nicole is a hard-core partisan who fit in fine with the 2004 campaign and with Jeb’s administration. To suggest that she somehow sabotaged Palin is ludricous beyond belief. So you’ve read a few blogs and a few articles and consider yourself an expert in someone’s motivations.

    Now maybe the McCain-Palin camp did not do a good job at prepping Palin. But that was probably due to infighting and incompetence, not malice.

    Get a clue. You will never win back the White House if you start eating your own and throwing your own kind under the bus. Read between the lines of what Jeb said. Republicans need to be the party of change, the party of reform, but a conservative reform movement.
    But some want to spend the next four years pointing fingers at each other.

  13. We no longer have “our own.” We are without a party now. Therefore, we will observe and comment on whatever interests us, no matter which side of the aisle is involved. Speaking personally, I am interested in the TRUTH of whatever is going on. We saw the crud of the Democratic Party in the full light of day, and it matches the Republican crud.

    So, we just look at it and observe and ponder for the moment…

  14. How odd it is that when I awoke this morning I was thinking about PNAC and Obama in the same sleep-blurred thought. The New World Order and Project for the new American Century seem mighty closely related. And Obama and the silence of Bush, the delight of KKKarl Rove, the blatant disregard for the certification of Obama’s birth, the complicity of the MSM….. it is just too coincidental. or is it malevolent?

    It is indeed stunning – the Gibson and Couric interviews. And the connection of Nicolle Wallace ?
    My head is spinning.

    I never wondered why Bush seemed luke-warm to McCain. I just took it for granted that McCain was staying away to avoid the GWB fallout. I guess I should have pursued that disconnect further.

    And is it any less odd that the financial firestorm occurred just before the election? None of this seems unrelated to what has occurred. as well as what has, thus far, followed.

    Maybe we are looking for something where nothing exists. But I’m not convinced that there’s no there, there.
    I think there is real possibility that something’s evil (this ways comes). I am reminded that my brilliant nephew kept preaching to the family – mostly to me because he knew I’d be the most likely to believe there was a kernel of truth to what he said. He kept talking about the Bilderberg group and their conferences, and the idea of global power, gobal economy, global-ization in every sense of the word. (and in every corner of the world.)

    I’m running on… but my first thought this morning, continues to rerun through my brain despite my being at work. There is no coincidence in anything – and no real surprises any more – except maybe to the voters.

  15. leslie,

    There is a there there (lol)! Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you…

    The problem is, the longer this goes on and the deeper the connections, the more convinced I am that we’ll never really know the answers.

    If you think about it, to me the two most disturbing things that have happened in this election season are the fast and unexpected concessions of Hillary Clinton and John McCain when each looked like they would not give up without a fight. I keep wondering what they know that we don’t, and how powerful it must be to make them both react so quickly and without so much as a single question about what happened and what must happen next.

    Add to that the complicity of the alphabet soup of the security set, the courts, and of course the ever compliant media and there is obviously something there.

  16. Leslie,

    You and your family should listen to your brilliant nephew – he knows whereof he speaks. The Bilderberg Group, The Trialteral Commission and The New World Order are all brothers under the skin. The Project for the New American Century sounds like just another name for the same old global group that wants “One World” domination.

    You’re right on target – “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes” – Shakespeare – Macbeth.

    “In politics nothing happens by accident. If it happened, you can bet it was planned that way.”

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1882 – 1945
    32nd President of the United States.

  17. yeah, Something Wicked This Way Comes. I’ve been thinking about that old Bradbury carney novel for the past few weeks- & now we got the clown running the country. Puts me in mind of Stephen King’s It.

    I agree that something’s going on here that we don’t know about, altho I have my guesses, especially after reading Grail’s post about Soros & Hillary. Grail, I don’t for a minute think Hillary & Soros are lily white & squeaky clean (but I’m not convinced they’re entirely bad either) my question, “if Hillary is Soro’s girl then how come she’s no longer running for Prez?” pertained to Soros, not Hillary. This dude eats punks like the ones that call themselves the Daley Machine for lunch. If Soros wanted Hillary in the White House we would of elected our 1st woman Prez last week. Instead he let the Daley’s put their prop in the White House. Something’s up.

  18. Grail, you’re right on the money. My thoughts exactly. And sonrisa, you too!

  19. Niccolle Wllace charges the clothes on her credit card, sells newly selected Palin out to Katie Couric (even though she is one of the worst newscasters at this point) BUT a former employer of Nicolle who we all know now was paid under the table to a get a first interview. Then katie Couric offers her hairstylists to get more scoop. As Sarah goes off script Niccolle panics and then it goes down with their accusations that Trig is not her baby. No wonder why Americans have NO idea we are struggling in the American economic crisis–Katie Couric wants her job too much to report accurately. Nicolle Wallace and Steve are too narcississtic to see anybody but themselves. Problem, Sarah just brought down Sen. Stevens and Rudy Ruedrich and Murkowski–she will bring you down for unethical behavior. Buy Buy

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