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McCain aides tell of Palin's daft ways

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McCain aides tell of Palin's daft ways
WASHINGTONSarah Palin wasn't aware Africa is a continent and she and her brood behaved like a band of "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," aides to John McCain are telling major news organizations.
Less than 24 hours after McCain lost the presidential election, those close to him apparently wasted no time dishing the dirt on Palin, the Alaska governor and Arizona senator's running mate.
If the anonymous McCain insiders are to be believed, Palin, a 44yearold mother of five, was unaware Africa was a continent,[url=]nike free tilbud[/url], arguing South Africa was simply a region of the larger country of Africa. and Mexico.
A call last week by a Quebec radio prankster pretending to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy reportedly became a source of tension between the McCain and Palin camps.
The Los Angeles Times reported that outraged McCain strategist Steve Schmidt organized a conference call after the prank made international headlines, demanding to know who had arranged the call and questioning why anyone would have agreed to such an unusual request without clearing it with top staff.
Steve Biegun, a Palin aide, immediately took responsibility. Times in a story published yesterday. "No one's going to beat me up more than I beat myself up for setting up the governor like that."
The stories about Palin's alleged antics are appearing in publications that include Newsweek magazine and The New York Times as Republicans gathered yesterday in Virginia to discuss the future of the party. Many in the party's ultraconservative wing are enthralled by Palin and hope to make her a presidential candidate in 2012.
Yet soon after she was chosen McCain's running mate with little vetting, campaign insiders say they became queasy with the growing knowledge that Palin was unqualified and illprepared to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
They attempted to bring her up to speed on the issues of the day, but she refused efforts to prepare her for a string of interviews with CBS's Katie Couric.
The McCain insiders have told news organizations that Palin threw tantrums over their mishandling of her when the Couric interviews went badly.
The most salacious of the stories leaked involve Palin's infamous spending spree. Despite her selfstyled image as a downhome working mother, the aides told Newsweek she behaved like anything but, spending tens of thousands of dollars more than the $150,000 originally reported.
One senior aide told the magazine Palin was told to buy three suits for the Republican National Convention and hire a stylist; instead, she began amassing costly goods from stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
At one point during the campaign, Palin's 7yearold daughter Piper was photographed carrying a $790 Louis Vuitton bag.
Two sources told Newsweek the goods were bought by a wealthy donor, who was flabbergasted when he saw the bills.
Palin aides have told the Los Angeles Times she was outraged by the amount of money spent on her clothing, adding she was naive about what the clothes cost.
Tensions continued even into election night, when Palin met with McCain at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix with a concession speech in hand that she wanted to deliver before he took to the podium.
Much to her chagrin, she was told by McCain aides that such a speech would be inappropriate since vicepresidential nominees do not traditionally speak on election night.
Palin said reports she proved difficult for the McCain campaign are untrue, even laughable. "It is absolutely false that there's been any tension, certainly from my part or my family's part," she told CNN. "And if only people, you know, come on up and travel travel with us to Alaska and see this diva lifestyle that I supposedly live or would demand, because that's just false."

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