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Does Palin have her own agenda?

Has Sarah Palin "gone rogue"? For the last few weeks, Republicans inside and outside the McCain campaign have speculated about those moments when Palin and John McCain have appeared to disagree: Palin pressed to have the campaign compete for Michigan voters when strategists had given up on the state. She disagreed with McCain's opposition to a marriage amendment. She disagreed with McCain's opposition to removing North Korea from the list of terrorist nations.
political insiders have started asking whether Palin is simply undisciplined or is intentionally ignoring the playbook. And if it's intentional, the question becomes: Is she putting her own political self-interest ahead of her running mate's?


Asked by Anonymous at 11:43 PM on Oct. 21, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (10)
  • Does the pope wear a funny hat?

    Answer by FiveofaKind at 11:51 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • "Sunday, Palin appeared to call another audible. While McCain was defending his campaign's robo-calls attacking Barack Obama, Palin was knocking them. She said they were irritating voters and represented the "old conventional ways of campaigning." Palin appeared to be joining with Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and other Republicans who oppose the tactic. Plus, she used the word conventional to describe the McCain tactics. That's a word Obama uses to attack.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:44 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • "What was Palin up to? The question came up in my political conversations Monday morning. Several Republican veterans thought she was trying to distance herself from campaign strategy, which has been roundly criticized in GOP circles, to maintain her political viability for the future. The transcript, however, shows that Palin doesn't seem to be criticizing the tactic so much as bemoaning the fact that the campaign is stuck in a place where it has to use it. She's not making a moral argument that might burnish her credentials for the future as a reasonable person. She's just off-message."


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:44 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • the Palin-as-a-lone-wolf story, had the advantage of allowing McCain himself to remain above the fray while his campaign reaped the benefits of Palin's attacks. But if Palin-as-rogue was the strategy—and there's some evidence it was—it was a failure. Polls have shown that voters have a dimmer view of McCain because of these attacks. Obama's stature seems only to have grown.


    Answer by Anonymous at 11:46 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • Others argued that Palin's motives for picking up the attacks were not strategic but self-interested. By taking a tougher approach with Obama, she was aligning herself with conservative thinkers who have urged McCain to fight harder. If the McCain campaign is unsuccessful, she could say she was trying to do the right thing but was held back. A similar strategy was supposedly behind her opposition to the campaign's retreat from Michigan. If McCain loses, Palin will have proved that she was in favor of a more vigorous campaign—a useful position to cite if she hopes to run for national office again. And by supporting the gay-marriage-ban amendment, she keeps her ties strong to evangelical voters.

    sorry long but interesting article. She is a facist and I can totally see her working on her own agenda.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:47 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • FiveofaKind


    Answer by ny.chica at 11:52 PM on Oct. 21, 2008

  • Let's Hope So!!!!!! At least she is trying to expose Obama for what he is--a socialist liberal!


    Answer by Anonymous at 12:29 AM on Oct. 22, 2008

  • I would hope she does have an agenda and mind of her own. I wouldn't want a Puppet in office from Pres or VP...(which is why I am NOT voting for an Obama puppet, mastered by Pelosi, Frank, and Dodd)

    QUESTION: How is this any different then Biden having his own agenda? He has made it clear. Does that make a difference? I think debate within the Pres and VP offices should exist. THat encourages people to think and make an informed decision...

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:34 AM on Oct. 22, 2008

  • Ha! A Socialist Liberal. You know, McCain voted the same as Obama--FOR the bailout, so I guess that makes HIM a Socialist Republican.

    Give me a break.

    McPalin is really too mavricky for me. They are so mavrick they are mavricking against each other.


    Answer by averillholistix at 3:24 AM on Oct. 22, 2008

  • What's with all the Palin questions. Maybe she is not a blind sheep and actually has an opinion.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:11 AM on Oct. 22, 2008