The Post-Election Blame Game: It’s all Sarah Palin’s fault!

With the U.S. election over and a Democratic President-elect, the recriminations from the McCain campaign have begun. And – surprise, surprise – it’s all VP nominee Sarah Palin’s fault.

Well of course. It couldn’t have been anything that those running the campaign did or didn’t do. They are in the ass-covering mode. They have reputations to protect and future Republican campaigns to lend their expertise to. God forbid that it should be on their resume that they made mistakes on McCain’s run for the presidency. Ergo – it must be Palin’s fault. That will at least take the media scrutiny away from them and focus it elsewhere.

Politics is a nasty game. Not necessarily at the candidate level but down the ranks. These are the people who, if their man or woman gets elected, will be looking for rewards. Jobs, appointments or whatever. If their candidate loses, they are out in the cold. No nice cushy, well-paying job. No recognition. Just the smell of failure that may follow them into the future. Especially if their campaign – as McCain’s reportedly was – was not well run. Who wants to hire someone to work on their campaign when they screwed up the last one?

As for Palin being a drag on the Republican’s plans to put their man in the White House, I don’t think that logic holds up.

To begin with, bringing her on to the ticket initially brought a badly needed surge to McCain’s campaign. But it did more than that. It energized a lot of the traditional Republican base. McCain had lost the vote of the religious right but Palin brought many of them back on side. Gun owners as a group saw nothing in McCain to inspire their support, but Palin gave them hope for the ticket and many – albeit reluctantly – came back on side. The fact that McCain never recognized the value of that support or even tried to use it, is possibly evidence that gun owners were correct in their original assessment of of his candidacy. Obviously, in the end there was nothing that could stem the Obama tide. The call for some kind of nebulous change from a charismatic leader can be seductive.

I wonder if part of the problem within the McCain campaign was that Palin was too popular out on the campaign trail. When the back-up band outshines the headliner, it can generate a lot of negativity. And Palin drew big crowds, larger than McCains, which was noted regularly in the media.

Possibly the organizers thought that the trashing of Palin by the MSM and the comedy shows were detrimental to McCains campaign. To the contrary, I thought from the beginning that the very public attack on Palin came because the Obama campaign and the MSM (which pretty much functioned as part of that campaign) saw her as a very real threat to a Democratic victory. If she was going to get a lot of air time, they were going to make sure that they controlled what that message was going to be. And it wasn’t going to be positive.

I think Chevy is spot on. But in this election it wasn’t just the comedy shows, the game was played right across the media spectrum. And it would appear that it will continue after the election.

Personally, I think this one has it right. (Thanks to Small Dead Animals)

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