McCain Campaign’s Latest Salvo In News Media War: Closes Palin Press Pool

It shuts down the Sarah Palin press pool.

There could be some short term tactical gains for the McCain campaign (send a message to the press about more favorable coverage, be cheered by some in the GOP’s base) but it’s a huge mistake in the long run. It will confirm the growing belief that the McCain campaign is afraid to expose Palin to uncontrolled questioning and that she can’t handle questions. And it adds to the general narrative that the Straight Talk Express is not. This will most certainly be reflected in some campaign coverage and analysis.

21 Comments

  1. Joe is totally right here.

    Criticizing the media is one thing — every GOP president and candidate has done this — but going to this length to block them out is another. Yes, they conceded later, and let the editorial presence in . . . but this is unprecedented!

    Yes, it fosters the “weak sister” image of Palin. But the McCain camp seems willing to risk this.

    Thus, I think there a deeper strategy at work here? I suspect this is a shot across the bow of the entire MSM. I think this is about more than Palin . . . it is about coverage of the GOP campaign itself that they are unhappy with.

    I can't recall anything like this before. Perhaps others here can.

    It does seem sort of Nixonian or Clintonian (but, as the saying goes, just because you are paranoid doesn't mean people aren't out to get you :)

  2. I think that this strategy is called “rope a dope”. We'll see if that is in fact the case when the VP debate finally comes around. Either that or neither she nor McCain is fit to lead the country.

  3. I’m sure this has more to do with the potential spectacle of an idiot like David Shuster shoving a microphone into her face while shouting “Who is the Assistant Minister of Agriculture in Zimbabwe?”

    Any demands from democrats or the press should be met with Dick Cheney’s famous reply:

    “Go F*ck Yourself.”

  4. That'll teach the hate-filled Obama Fifth Column. Of course, it's the _media_ who will dishonestly claim they have been wronged.

  5. Jwest . . . Yah, gotchas are a fact of life for conservatives.
    But it is how it is reported that counts.

    For example: Sen. Biden's comment about President FDR going on television when the stock market crashed in 1929.

    Can you imagine what would happen had McCain or Palin made that remark?!!

    The Intertubes themselves would totally collapse under the weight of the ensuing frenzy!

    (I have to say, though, I like Biden. He has something of the batshit crazy charm of LBJ. Biden as Veep would be a feast for the nation's comedians.)

  6. “He has something of the batshit crazy charm of LBJ.”

    A statement so true, it borders on profound.

    That’s one of things liberals will never understand about conservatives. We don’t hate their candidates, we just know they are perpetually wrong.

  7. “Sunlight is the greatest disinfectant.” ~ Justice Brandeis

  8. Jwest said: “That’s one of things liberals will never understand about conservatives. We don’t hate their candidates, we just know they are perpetually wrong.”

    Hahaha…that is very true.

    I would happily pay full tuition to take a course in American history as taught by Professor Biden . . . to learn of how Lincoln defeated the Vikings at Gettysburg, and proclaimed the Magna Carta . . . .

    Fortuately, Sen. Biden is not qualified to be a history professor . . . he is only running for Vice-President.

  9. JSpencer . . . I call you on that Brandeis, and raise you one Dan Quayle.

    His famous correction of the schoolboy – who actually spelled “potato” correctly – is one fo the great examples of why the United States does not need a Vice-President who is qualified to teach history . . . or even be able to spell.

    Okay . . . maybe . . .

  10. Marlow,

    That “potatoe” episode is the best argument for a person like Dick Cheney to be in the VP position.

    Had Cheney made that mistake, he would have immediately issued an executive order changing the correct spelling to his version.

    That’s leadership.

  11. I think it's fair to say we're all lucky there was never a “President” Quayle. As for Palin, don't you think it's a little sad the GOP has to go through all this maneuvering just to keep her out of the light of day? Don't republicans worry about this? If the GOP tells their base to all start wearing their pants backwards are they going to jump on that bandwagon too? Pardon me for not buying into the celebration of low standards.

  12. Ah Cheneyian Diplomacy at it's finest.

  13. “That’s one of things liberals will never understand about conservatives. We don’t hate their candidates, we just know they are perpetually wrong.”

    Being wrong is being wrong regardless of political affiliation. Being a conservative is not a prophylactic for error.

    But when you are Right all the time, there's nothing left.

  14. “Had Cheney made that mistake, he would have immediately issued an executive order changing the correct spelling to his version.

    That’s leadership.”

    Not leadership, dictatorship. Leadership inspires, and I can think of more inspirational figures today than ol Deadeye.

  15. “……there's nothing Left.”

    We can only hope for a world like that.

  16. Jwest said: “Had Cheney made that mistake, he would have immediately issued an executive order changing the correct spelling to his version.”

    Heh.

    RememberNovember said: “But when you are Right all the time, there's nothing left.”

    Nice.

    Good exchanges this afternoon.

    I imagine Jazz has been passing around his potent ganja for inspiration.

  17. Here’s a good article from the LA Times on this subject.

    Yes, I know it’s hard to believe someone can say “good” and “LA Times” in the same sentence, but this is a weird election.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122212856075765

  18. jwest, referring to its content, not its source, explain why you thought the LA Times editorial was a good article. I ask because it appears to me the author argued that Palin should to be protected from the left wing blogosphere — which is arguable (as well as unlikely to be encountered) — but then extrapolated that to mean she should be protected from all media, which is absurd on its face.

  19. Rico, I've come to the conclusion the threshold for embarrassment among some of our right leaning brethren is very, very high. The probability that this is unintentional only makes it more amusing. ;-)

  20. Sad to say, both spellings of the “P” word look correct, to me. Does this qualify me to be the VP, or disqualify me?

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