Palin defends herself, others who worked closely with her do so also

I really admire Palin and I am glad that she has spoken out about the bizarre attacks on her. You can see a statement by her here.

The Politico has additional information here:

The Republicans who worked most closely with Palin — the ones who were with her from when she first walked into that swooning Ohio basketball arena in August until she walked off the stage after McCain’s concession speech in Phoenix Tuesday — are now having their say in that conversation.

And they want it known that they’re sick of Sarah Palin being dragged through the mud.

“It’s depressing,” said Steve Biegun, a veteran foreign policy hand who tutored and staffed Palin and traveled with her through the fall. “We worked our asses off. It was a tough campaign. Then we have this?”

Biegun emphatically made the case for his much-maligned former boss.

“I think she was fantastic. She just brought a special energy to our ticket. Look, I was there at those rallies.”

Adds another former campaign aide: “You know what she did for us. She certainly solidified a hell of a lot of [previously unenthused Republicans].”

Without question, Palin offered McCain a boost of energy that he’d lacked since winning his party’s nomination. She gave the party’s base something to be excited about, nearly overnight drawing wildly enthusiastic crowds, more grassroots volunteers and a spike in small-dollar fundraising.

But she also wound up appealing less to supporters of Hillary Clinton and skeptics of President Bush than McCain aides had hoped; instead, she reinforced the ticket’s standing with voters already inclined to pull the Republican lever. And polls show that she actually turned off some of the moderate and independent voters she was picked, in part, to attract.

Still, she remains beloved by much of the GOP base, and top party officials are already predicting that she’ll be their top fundraising draw going into the 2010 cycle. . . .

“I’m appalled by it because Sarah Palin was one of nicest people I have ever had the chance to work with,” says Biegun, a former Bush NSC aide. “I’ve worked in Washington for 20 years, on the Hill, in the White House and in the private sector, and she ranks at the highest levels of decency, kindness and graciousness of anybody I’ve ever worked with.”

Biegun said Palin’s generous spirit was on clear display the final weekend of the campaign, after she was subjected to a prank call by a pair of French Canadian radio DJs imitating French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

“I approved the call and was in abject horror of what I had done,” he recounted. “But she said, ‘Look, it’s not about whose fault this is, don’t beat yourself up, let’s just move on.’" . . .



Blogger Nostradamus said...

I just simply don't understand how anyone can admire Palin. I've talked to people that live in Alaska, and they say before 2 years ago, she was UNKNOWN.

I've seen an interview with the current mayor of wasilia who admitted that her major responsibilities were "check signing day" on thursday and "staff meetings" every monday.

And the whole troopergate thing is an OBVIOUS BLATANT ABUSE OF POWER. So imagine having her as a vice president.

And I think its ABSURD that FOX NEWS claims that they are fair and balanced when they SPIN and LIE every single day.

You people should be ashamed of yourself. But you know what. I wish Palin would run in 2012, because it would be an easy win for Obama. Better yet, I hope she runs in 2016 because ANYBODY could beat her.

11/09/2008 2:49 PM  
Anonymous Clark said...

One thing I will agree with is that it is cowardly for critics to hide behind the veil of anonymity and for the mainstream media to accommodate such cowardice.

As for Palin, I think Mark Lilla has it right.

11/09/2008 3:50 PM  
Anonymous jonathan said...

Palin seems to be a potent threat to the Democrats. All you have to do is mention her favorably on a blog and people come out of the ether to denounce her. Her political future looks bright.

11/10/2008 4:27 PM  
Blogger Nostradamus said...

OH yeah dude. That's it! She's brilliant! Her political future does look bright!!!

Nominate Palin 2012!!!

Go Palin 2016.
Go Palin 2020.

3 easy wins

John Mccain, Bush and Palin...3 retarded spinsters...these three idiots are the reason I will NEVER vote republican again.

11/11/2008 9:57 PM  

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