PalinTracker: McCain Aide Nonplussed, Imus Gets Misogynist, A Second Book Coming

October 2-5

Steve Schmidt, John McCain's former campaign manager -- whose fractious relationship with Palin has been rumored for a year -- hasn't warmed one bit to the charismatic conservative spokesperson.

Speaking at The Atlantic's First Draft of History Conference (whatever that is), the GOP strategist opined:

I think that she has talents, but my honest view is that she would not be a winning candidate for the Republican Party in 2012, and in fact, were she to be the nominee, we would have a catastrophic election result.

She is someone who has a passionate base that constitutes millions of Americans, but in the year since the election has ended, she has done nothing to expand her appeal beyond that base into the middle of the electorate where elections are decided.

I guess that "middle of the electorate where elections are decided" were the people who put up McCain. That didn't work out so well, though, did it?

Hot Air reports:

A spokeswoman for the former Alaska governor said Palin is holding her fire until her new book is released next month.

"The governor will write about all of this in her book," Palin spokeswoman Meg Stapleton said in an e-mail, referring to the internal fighting that marred the final weeks of McCain's president bid. "There will be plenty of time to talk about it then."

On the other hand, Charles Cooper, in "Why They're Wild About Palin" at CBS News, writes:

For [Palin supporters], Palin is not another wishy-washy, faux conservative on the John McCain model. She speaks their language on issues that are central to their sense of who they are as Americans: gun rights, religion, abortion, patriotism, and the role of government in their lives. They also remember the insults. And each time the left and Democratic media apologists (like Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow) caricature Palin as a dumbbell hick from the sticks, that just reinforces their conviction that they must be doing something right.

After all, if it ticks off the liberals, it must be good. Right?

Don Imus -- the man who lost his job after referring to black basketball players as "nappy-headed 'hos" -- during an interview with Neil Cavuto further distinguishes himself as a reliable political observer, proclaiming:

Sarah Palin? She's a dope! Write a book? She can't read a book.

Misogyny, anyone? Snipes by men -- liberal and conservative -- like Schmidt, Imus and David Brooks (David who?) may be boosting Palin's cachet. Amy Siskind, a lifelong Democrat who voted Republican for the first time in 2008 simply because McCain chose a woman as his running mate, writes at the Daily Beast:

Maybe it’s time that women gave Sarah Palin another look. Palin, back in the headlines for rushing out a new book ahead of schedule this fall, is fresh, open-minded, a centrist, and a party noncomformist. Hey, sisters in women's advocacy: Let's end the decades-long cold war with Republican women candidates. If we want progress to be made on issues of importance to women, our organizations need to master a skill at which men have always been adept: negotiation.

I am a lifelong Democrat who for the first time in my life voted Republican in the 2008 elections. I did this for one reason: McCain selected a woman as his running mate. For this act, I was accused of having lost part of my mental faculty: Some circa Victorian act of "voting with my uterus." Strange, that. The Democratic women were corralled to vote for Obama in 2008 because of one issue: reproductive rights. In other words, as my friend Cynthia Ruccia observed, "voting with their uterus."

Sisskind notes that only 25 percent of Obama's cabinet pics and 10 percent of his czars are women, suggesting that he may be uncomfortable with women, and notes:

Here's what we know: Sarah Palin did not have a governor's seat handed down to her, she earned it. She understands what it is to be a woman having to fight obstacles -- some overt and others subtle -- that only a woman can understand.

October 6

Palin posts at Facebook on winning the war in Afghanistan and establishing energy independence:

We Must Win in Afghanistan

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 2:57pm

For two years as a candidate, Senator Obama called for more resources for the war in Afghanistan and warned about the consequences of failure. As President, he announced a comprehensive new counterinsurgency strategy and handpicked the right general to execute it. Now General McChrystal is asking for additional troops to implement the strategy announced by President Obama in March. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers in harm's way in Afghanistan right now. We owe it to all those brave Americans serving in uniform to give them the tools they need to complete their mission.

We can win in Afghanistan by helping the Afghans build a stable representative state able to defend itself. And we must do what it takes to prevail. The stakes are very high. The 9/11 attacks were planned in Afghanistan, and if we are not successful there, al Qaeda will once again find a safe haven, the Taliban will impose its cruelty on the Afghan people, and Pakistan will be less stable.

Our allies and our adversaries are watching to see if we have the staying power to protect our interests in Afghanistan. I recently joined a group of Americans in urging President Obama to devote the resources necessary in Afghanistan and pledged to support him if he made the right decision. Now is not the time for cold feet, second thoughts, or indecision -- it is the time to act as commander-in-chief and approve the troops so clearly needed in Afghanistan.

— Sarah Palin