William Kristol has been repeatedly criticized for making inaccurate and/or inanane judgements in his column for the NY Times. I think he’s put these criticisms to rest with today’s article, How McCain Wins. My favorite part:
With respect to his campaign, McCain needs to liberate his running mate from the former Bush aides brought in to handle her — aides who seem to have succeeded in importing to the Palin campaign the trademark defensive crouch of the Bush White House. McCain picked Sarah Palin in part because she’s a talented politician and communicator. He needs to free her to use her political talents and to communicate in her own voice.
I’m told McCain recently expressed unhappiness with his staff’s handling of Palin. On Sunday he dispatched his top aides Steve Schmidt and Rick Davis to join Palin in Philadelphia. They’re supposed to liberate Palin to go on the offensive as a combative conservative in the vice-presidential debate on Thursday.
Another, more deluded commentator might interpret those same circumstances as an “all hands on deck” McCain campaign attempt to save Sara Palin from embarrassment and disgrace at this week’s debate. Presumably, McCain’s top advisors are squirreled away somewhere, trying to get Palin to repeat sound bites like a dutiful parrot (presumably, with lipstick), so she doesn’t once again appear on TV as an ill-informed bumpkin with a mean streak.
But clearly that deluded commentator is wrong, and instead, we will see a Palin “liberated” — by a group of men.