McCain manager predicts Palin could prove 'catastrophic'
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The man who ran John McCain's presidential campaign warned Friday that Sarah Palin could lead to a 'catastrophic' election result for the GOP in 2012 if the former Alaska governor captures the party's presidential nomination.
"I think that she has talents," Steve Schmidt, the former campaign manager of McCain's failed presidential bid, told CNN's John King. "But my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican Party in 2012, and in fact, were she the nominee, we could have a catastrophic election result."
The comments came during The Atlantic Magazine's First Draft of History Conferece, held at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
"I don't think it's inconceivable that she could be the Republican nominee for President of the United States," added Schmidt — who, among others in the McCain campaign, butted heads behind the scenes with Palin in the weeks leading up to Election Day. "I do think it's fairly inconceivable that she could be elected President of the United States."
Looking ahead to Palin's upcoming book — entitled "Going Rogue" — Schmidt predicted he would be portrayed as "anti-rogue in the running of the campaign."
Now I don't want to focus as much on the benefits or risks of Palin being the nominee in 2012, it's an argument without an answer.
What I do find interesting is the fact that the campaign aide is, in my mind, clearly blaming Palin for McCain's loss to Obama.
A Presidential election is complex and very seldom does one single factor determine the outcome. With that said, what are your thoughts on the election last year in light of the above statements?
It's been long enough now to take a dispassionate look at the election. Who's fault was it? Did Obama simply beat them? Did Palin cost McCain the election? Is it McCain's fault? Or, something the advisers to McCain do not want to admit, did McCain and Palin get bad advice and was the loss a result of a poorly run campaign?
Note: Watch the video on the site. This is CNN's version of "fair and balanced", a Republican and a Democrat who agree with their view of an issue (Palin).