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October 29th, 2008
08:04 PM ET

The insiders: How John McCain came to pick Sarah Palin

Jane Mayer
The New Yorker

"Here’s a little news flash,” Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska and the Republican candidate for Vice-President, announced in September, during her début at the Party’s Convention, in St. Paul. “I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment. And I’ve learned quickly these past few days that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington élite then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.” But, she added, “I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion.”

In subsequent speeches, Palin has cast herself as an antidote to the élitist culture inside the Beltway. “I’m certainly a Washington outsider, and I’m proud of that, because I think that that is what we need,” she recently told Fox News. During her first interview as John McCain’s running mate, with ABC’s Charlie Gibson, Palin was asked about her lack of experience in foreign policy. She replied, “We’ve got to remember what the desire is in this nation at this time. It is for no more politics as usual, and somebody’s big fat résumé, maybe, that shows decades and decades in the Washington establishment . . . Americans are getting sick and tired of that self-dealing, and kind of that closed-door, good-ol’-boy network that has been the Washington élite.”

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  1. Lisa

    Well, her party loves her but outside of the extreme right she is offensive. Her ideas on what's American and what's not differs with a good majority of the country. She definately is an opportunist and not a smart one at that. She's very transparent. Maybe Alaska will elect her as a senator but I predict that she'll be just like Michelle Bachman of MN an d crash and burn. Two peas in a pod, those two women are. Not a original thought between the 2 of them.

    October 29, 2008 at 8:42 pm |
  2. Cindy

    A whole lot of supposition going on in this article! People...who remain nameless..telling things they probably have no knowledge of. If they were truthful why not name them! The truth is no one knows how picking Sarah went down but McCain and his very close circle and they aren't talking.

    Nice smear piece! Is that all you all can do?

    Cindy...Ga.

    October 29, 2008 at 8:28 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    How very interesting. Palin isn't the disingenuous non-politican Governor she presents herself as. This should surprise me but unfortunately it doesn't. Too bad in positioning herself for the VP slot she didn't study up on foreign affairs, economics and all the other topics she's been asked about and came across as so uninformed on – or perhaps that is just an act too. Sorry for the cynicism but this kind of stuff is more than too old.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    October 29, 2008 at 8:25 pm |
  4. Johnny from South Carolina

    Six days and counting... I hope that after Tuesday I will not have to hear another word from this airhead. McCain may have cost himself the Presidency by his running mate alone.

    October 29, 2008 at 8:24 pm |
  5. Max

    He had a BLONDE moment????

    October 29, 2008 at 8:23 pm |
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    October 29, 2008 at 8:08 pm |