The McCain Campaign Versus Sarah Palin, Chapter XXXVIII
This friendly Politico piece on Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) effort to “reshape the Republican Party in his own center-right image” doesn’t quite take the edge off of Steve Schmidt’s comments about Sarah Palin. The McCain-Palin 2008 campaign manager, speaking yesterday in Washington:
Most politicians of prominence write a book. My honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for president and if she was the results would be … catastrophic. It’s fairly inconceivable she could be elected.
Did McCain boost Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) a little by backing him for a Senate race he was probably going to enter anyway? Sure. But the politician that McCain lifted from obscurity to national power was Sarah Palin, and the party is going to wrestle with that for years.