The way I am reading this is that Steve Schmidt, former McCain 2008 Campaign Manager is giving himself an inoculation shot, EARLY. Why? The book is not due until mid-November, but some of the complaints that Palin had about the management of the McCain Campaign was warranted and he was the top gun, so any criticism will be focused on him front and center.
As part of the Aspen Institute’s Washington Ideas Forum in Washington, DC this morning, Steve Schmidt was asked about Sarah Palin’s upcoming book, “Going Rogue,” and about her 2012 potential.
"I think that she has talent," Schmidt said, "but my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican Party in 2012," according to the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein.
Schmidt added that it was not "inconceivable that she could be Republican nominee for president of the United States."
But, according to Stein, Schmidt said it would be "fairly inconceivable" that she could end up being president. "In fact, were she to be the nominee we could have a catastrophic election," said Schmidt.
Catastrophic? We knew if she was Vice-President in 2008 after her television performances and lack of knowledge that she would be catastrophic as "one heart beat" away from the presidency. So, dumping on her now is kind of hypocritical to me, because Schmidt knew who he got when he convinced McCain to pick her and that is not much politically or policy wise. And now, he wants to dump on her prior to her book coming out? Remember Schmidt, it was your campaign decision to pick her and put her in the spot she is in now, not the other way around.
And Palin's book? It will be a hot mess, she did not write jack, but gave a lot of hot button one-liners that the ghost writer jumped on to make a memoir. She will talk about everyone, it won't depend on which party you are in, if you made her an enemy she will call you out. In other words, nothing new from her.