Skip to comments.Eisenstadt the source for Sarah Palin Africa leak [Freepers expose another HOAX; see downthread]
Posted on 11/10/2008 1:47:10 PM PST by unspun
By now you’ve all heard the Fox News report last week that “unnamed” former McCain advisers leaked that Sarah Palin was confused about whether Africa was a continent, and which countries were in NAFTA. I was perfectly happy staying under the radar as an anonymous source for Fox News‘ Carl Cameron, but now that Palin has accused her accusers of being “unprofessional…jerks…cowards… taking things out of context, and then tried to spread something on national news” and begun to cast doubt on the Fox News report, maybe she’s right to a certain extent. For those of us on the McCain campaign who thought that she acted like a rogue diva and lost John the election, maybe we DO have a responsibility to come out in public. But Sarah… careful what you ask for: some of us may have more to reveal.
So yes, to be clear, last week I was the one who leaked those things to a producer at Fox News who works with Cameron. Carl and his producers are good guys, and I don’t want them to have to worry about protecting their sources (and going through the wringer ala Judith Miller or Matt Cooper) on something like this.
As you know, I was one of the foreign policy advisers on the McCain campaign who worked with Randy Scheunemann to help prep Sarah on her debate with Joe Biden. Did we outright give her a geography quiz when we started the prep? No, of course not. But yes, in the context of the prep, it slowly became apparent that her grasp of basic geo-political knowledge had major gaps. Could she have passed a multiple choice test about South Africa or NAFTA. Probably. But it was clear that she simply didn’t have the ease of knowledge that we come to expect from a major party political candidate. Other slights came up, too: Not knowing the difference between Hezbollah and Hamas. Or the difference between the Shiites and Suni. Or when it came to international terrorist organizations, knowing that the IRA was in Northern Ireland, and ETA in Spain.
The real thing we had to constantly remind her was to never, ever compare herself in any way to Hillary Clinton, as she had at her announcement speech. We had it on good authority that Biden was prepping to unleash the inevitable line, “I know Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton is a friend of mine. And Sarah, you’re no Hillary Clinton.” Alas, Biden would have been right.
Linkee no workee [or its been yanked].
That's okay, virtually NONE of the press knew the difference between the SDS and Weather Underground and those were DOMESTIC terrorist groups. The WU were often called a "1960s radical organization" when in reality they were formed in the final 3 months of the 1960s and did the majority of their bombings in the 1970s, ending their crime spree with a bank robbery in the 1980s.
The metrosexual Palin hater says at the very end in the above video.
This is the guy who was the source of the Palin rumors...
Great, another “B” carver.
Friday, November 07, 2008
Sixty-nine percent (69%) of Republican voters say Alaska Governor Sarah Palin helped John McCains bid for the presidency, even as news reports surface that some McCain staffers think she was a liability.
Only 20% of GOP voters say Palin hurt the partys ticket, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Six percent (6%) say she had no impact, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans have a favorable view of Palin, including 65% who say their view is Very Favorable. Only eight percent (8%) have an unfavorable view of her, including three percent (3%) Very Unfavorable.
When asked to choose among some of the GOPs top names for their choice for the partys 2012 presidential nominee, 64% say Palin. The next closest contenders are two former governors and unsuccessful challengers for the presidential nomination this year — Mike Huckabee of Arkansas with 12% support and Mitt Romney of Massachusetts with 11%.
Three other sitting governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Charlie Crist of Florida and Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota all pull low single-digit support.
These findings echo a survey earlier this week which found that Republicans were happier with their vice presidential candidate than with their presidential nominee. Seventy-one percent (71%) said McCain made the right choice by picking Palin as his running mate, while only 65% said the party picked the right nominee for president.
Well that sets it for me...the Huffington Post and Wonkette.
This is an amazing threat. The fact that he's willing to threaten someone shows as poor judgment as did his backstabbing. Now he has gone off in public and proven that he was out to injure someone.
He blames Palin for McCain's loss. Ridiculous. If anything measurable counts, the reason McCain lost is because he had about a fourth of the money that Obama had. The decision to go with public funding was McCain's, AND McCain/Feingold belongs squarely in McCain's yard. And even then, McCain still couldn't raise for the GOP the money that he needed to compete.
Eisenstadt is out of touch as well with the time at which McCain rose in the polls and fell in the polls. He rose after the convention and surpassed Obama because of Palin. He lost when the bankruptcy issue hit, and he bounced in different directions before finally settling on voting in favor of giving a trillion bucks to whom it may concern.
He lost after Palin clearly held her own in the polls, and McCain showed a serious inability to close a sale with the public on any issue.
Eisenstadt can go fauxbama himself....he is no conservative.
Thanks for posting. My blood pressure thanks you as well. ;-)
So, the question that remains - was FOX News fed a lot of BS not by disgruntled McCain people, but by someone who claimed he was in the campaign.
Inquiring minds wish to know....
I wonder why he didn't also throw FARC and FALN in there as examples. Who cares about the difference between Shiite and Sunni, or ETA and IRA, or FARC and FALN. We needed to get to the Bush Doctrine of "We will make no distinction between those who carried out these attacks and those states who give them harbor." The name of the terrorist group is irrelevant.
Oh I see.. this explains it
Eisenstadt IF you exist- YOU sir owe it to the public to confess your sin publicly on fox news and to go to ALL the mainstream media and admit that you tried to hurt Sarah Palin by spreading LIES about her- You sir don’t deserve to write anythign if you can’t tell the truth- liars are scum- Period! and You sir have proven yourself a despicable liar.
In the aftermath of the debacle that was the Mr. Bipartisan campaign for the US Presidency, this appears all this idiot
Eisenstadt has to talk about. It’s no wonder McCain lost.
The Senator’s continuing silence about Eisenstadt’s comments about Gov. Palin says a lot about the man. He has become nothing more than a pitiful beltway insider with not a shred of honor or decency. So sad to see a once honorable and courageous warrier be reduced to a despicable human being.
So the guy says Sarah really did know about NAFTA and Africa?
BOYCOTT FOX NEWS! They helped slander Sarah, even according to their own source!
Screw Carl and “O” Reilly!
As opposed to your boss, who didn't know the difference between Sunni and Shiite. Or your opponent, who thinks the US has 57 states, or the formidable Biden who thinks JOBS is a three letter word.
No wonder we lost, with dorks like this as "advisers."
Sarah was right. This guy is a jerk. Probably lives in his mother’s basement.
It sounds like they were talking about some policy that affected South Africa, and Sarah asked to clarify whether they were talking about South Africa the nation, or the Southern portion of the African continent. Which would be a perfectly reasonable thing to get clarified.
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