Draper Blog Dishes on McCain Camp
For those who dare not look away from the rapidly evolving soap opera that was formerly known as the McCain-Palin campaign, GQ reporter Robert Draper has started a blog on the final days of the presidential race.
Draper, who recently published in the New York TImes Magazine the definitive account of the campaign’s struggle to find a message, marks his blogging debut with an entry that unloads some of the too-hot material on the McCain-Palin rift that he collected in the course of writing the piece. A sample:
I’m sympathetic to [McCain advisers Toby] Eskew and [Nicolle] Wallace, and not just because they’re decent people. They’ve held their tongue from leaking what a couple of McCain higher-ups have told me — namely, that Palin simply knew nothing about national and international issues. Which meant, as one such adviser said to me: “Letting Sarah be Sarah may not be such a good thing.”
It’s a grim binary choice, but apparently it came down to whether to make Palin look like a scripted robot or an unscripted ignoramus. I was told that Palin chafed at being defined by her discomfiting performances in the Couric, Charlie Gibson, and Sean Hannity interviews. She wanted to get back out there and do more. Well, if you’re Eskew and Wallace, what do you say to that? Your responsibility isn’t the care and feeding of Sarah Palin’s ego; it’s the furtherance of John McCain’s quest for the presidency.
We’ll have to wait and see if Draper’s blog turns into a daily dish-fest. If it does, Draper may open himself up to criticism for dumping gasoline on a fire that already has the potential to destroy what’s left of the McCain campaign. But few reporters were granted anywhere near the access Draper had to the highest levels of the campaign, and the rest of us can be forgiven for bookmarking his blog in eager anticipation of what juicy details will come next.