Palin calls her critics ”cowards” and “jerks” and says she never asked for anything besides a Diet Dr. Pepper: http://www.nypost.com/seven/11072008/news/politics/palin_denounces_critics_as_cowardly_137628.htm?&page=0
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The bitter McCain backlash against Sarah Palin continued today as it emerged that Republican Party lawyers were heading to Alaska to retrieve her $150,000 (£95,000) campaign clothes.
The vice-presidential candidate’s hopes of challenging Barack Obama in 2012 took a big dent as simmering tensions with the McCain camp finally boiled over into wide-ranging criticism of her conduct.
In a string of damaging briefings, it was claimed that Mrs Palin had spent ‘tens of thousands’ more on her clothes than budgeted for, that she once met McCain aides dressed in nothing but a towel and that she did not know Africa was a continent.
She was also unable to name the nations in the vitally important North American Free Trade Agreement.
There are only three. Her own, its northern neighbour Canada and its southern neighbour Mexico.
The 44-year- old former Republican running mate’s lack of general knowledge - and a storm over her designer wardrobe - emerged as she returned to her home state of Alaska.
Extraordinary details of bitterness and jealousy between the Alaska governor and John McCain were laid bare following their White House defeat.
McCain aides complained that Mrs Palin refused to be coached before TV interviews – even after it emerged she wasn’t sure about Africa’s status in the world.
Republican bosses also complained that Mrs Palin and her family spent even more on new clothes and shoes than previously reported.
One McCain aide described the Palin family shopping spree in some of America’s most exclusive department stores as ‘Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast.’
According to Newsweek magazine, a party donor who agreed to foot the clothes bill was expecting to pay out up to £15,000.
He was stunned when he received the bill for nearly £100,000. And that wasn’t even the whole tab, it was revealed yesterday.
Mrs Palin also allegedly leaned on some of her low-level handlers to put thousands of pounds worth of additional purchases on their personal credit cards.
Aides claimed a Republican Party lawyer is now being dispatched to Alaska to inventory the clothes and retrieve any still in the governor’s possession.
Divide: Sarah Palin watches as John McCain gives his concession speech and, below, the shoes of the candidates at an earlier rally. Republican bosses have complained that Mrs Palin and her family spent more on new clothes and shoes than previously reported
Mrs Palin denied the claims yesterday, laughing off suggestions that she lived a ‘diva lifestyle’ in Alaska.
‘The knives are out and Sarah’s getting filleted,’ one U.S. television network reported yesterday.
The Republican contenders for president and vice-president barely spoke to each other in the lead-up to election day and indulged in a six-week-civil war, it was claimed.
The ill-fated pair began to fall out only a fortnight later in mid-September, insiders revealed yesterday.
All dressed up: The rich and varied wardrobe of Sarah Palin was on full display during her election campaign
Mrs Palin’s aides hit back, claiming she was naive about designer labels and outraged when she found out how much her suits and dresses cost. Spending by staff was reimbursed, they said.
They also revealed she was enraged by leaks from officials dubbing her a ‘whack job’ - slang for mad.
Last week’s hoax call from a Canadian comic who convinced her she was talking to French leader Nicolas Sarkozy caused fresh aggravation because she conducted diplomacy on the hoof - and then failed for three days to tell the McCain team she’d been hoodwinked.
There was a striking metaphor for the doomed partnership when the pair went their separate ways on Wednesday afternoon. Mr McCain, 72, drove himself away from their hotel base in Phoenix, Arizona, in his own Toyota.
The Alaska governor tried to counter the backlash against her shopping spree by appearing in jeans on more than one occasion – including, seen here, on the day she voted
But Mrs Palin and 18 family members left in a motorcade stretching to a dozen vehicles flanked by a dozen police motorcycle outriders.
It was more proof, according to McCain aides, that her ambition had stretched way beyond the job in hand as she focused on running for President herself in four years.
She had even intended to deliver her own speech just before Mr McCain’s concession address on Tuesday - an unprecedented move - before being firmly told it was out of the question.
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maybe she should take the clothes back and get a refund !!!!
- ibrahim, slough .. UK, 06/11/2008 15:25
Sarah Palin’s nomination as Veep candidate was the biggest collective celebration of stupid the US has ever seen. It also proves that the standard for a white american woman to reach higher office is much lower than for minorities. A minority with her breathtaking ignorance, unremarkable education, ethical lapses, and generally low-rent behaviour would NEVER have been governor much less Veep nominee. Appalling that 50 million Americans would vote to put her so close to the presidency.
Bobby Jindal is like a younger version of Obama except he’s a Republican. A Rhodes scholar, accomplished, capable and ambitious – it would be utterly hilarious if he ran against Obama in 2012 just to see those Americans that are still racist have a hissy fit over having to chose between an African-American and an Indian-American. Haha….love it!
- Jessica, Ontario, Canada, 06/11/2008 15:24
Obama said there were 57 or 58 states in the USA . No one in the press noticed or critisised. Biden said Pres. FDR got on tv in 1929 and explain the stock market crash. The press did not notice. What a bunch of nothing. The Brits on here should look at themselves, after all, the majority of young Brits did not know who Churchill was and did not know what happened in 1066. The Brits should worry about there own ignorance, which is in abundance.
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