Yes, Sarah Palin was barely vetted.
Yes, it has been all tactics and never strategy.
And yes, it sounds a lot like the failed Hillary campaign.
Huff Post talks about a New York Times Magazine piece set to drop on Sunday:
The piece, written by Robert Draper and titled “The Making (and Remaking and Remaking) of the Candidate,” breaks some new reportorial ground, including a growing weariness within a campaign that seems more interested in tactical victories and the next compelling narratives than an overarching strategy.
Draper writes: “By October, the succession of backfiring narratives would compel some to reappraise not only McCain’s chances but also the decisions made by [Chief Strategist Steve] Schmidt, who only a short time ago was hailed as the savior who brought discipline and unrepentant toughness to a listing campaign.”
Having interviewed several of the Senator’s chief aides, Draper details the process by which McCain ultimately chose his running mate (New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was surprisingly high on the list). And the decision may have been even more impulsive than initially thought. Gov. Sarah Palin, who had never been on the VP shortlist, was advanced at the last minute by Schmidt and Rick Davis, and was picked after a chat with McCain at his ranch in Arizona.
By the way, I SERIOUSLY doubt that Bloomberg would have taken the job. But Lieberman? Without a doubt.
I’ll have more response when the piece is released this weekend, but in the meantime…doesn’t this confirm a lot of what many of us have been thinking?