McCain Camp: We'll Tell You What You Need To Know About Palin
If Palin can’t stand on her own two feet and face the exact same public vetting that Obama and McCain and Biden have gone through, how can any of you honestly tell me that she’s ready for this job?
Jay Carney from TIME weighs in:
According to Nicole Wallace of the McCain campaign, the American people don’t care whether Sarah Palin can answer specific questions about foreign and domestic policy. According to Wallace the American people will learn all they need to know (and all they deserve to know) from Palin’s scripted speeches and choreographed appearances on the campaign trail and in campaign ads.
That’s right folks. A McCain spokesperson actually said that the spin coming from their campaign is all we need to know about Palin.
Folks, not allowing access to Palin is a HUGE strategic mistake. McCain’s people apparently think they can run out the clock, but they’re just dead wrong. Because now the press will talk openly about how McCain isn’t allowing access to her and it will seem like they’re trying to hide something. And that will make people less comfortable with her. And people don’t elect folks they’re uncomfortable with.
And to that point, here’s Carney again…
Wallace’s bash-the-media exercise has its merits as a campaign tactic. It certainly rallies the base. But the base won’t lift McCain to 50% in November.