"She was under-served," said one aide, who said Palin did not deserve to step onto a national stage with so little support and guidance.
This aide was particularly disturbed by the way Palin's media appearances were handled, saying that the build-up was so big that any mistake by Palin was doomed to be judged a failure.
Several aides also said Palin was done an enormous disservice by her own staff when someone authorized the purchase of $150,000 worth of clothing for the governor and her family.
"That wasn't her," one aide said.
The clothing, much of which was never worn, will now be donated to charity, the campaign has said.
While Palin staffers were disappointed, many were also relieved to have the race over. Some have vacations planned. Most will return to jobs they ditched about two months ago, when Palin was named to the ticket.
"I'm not doing anything until January," said one Palin aide.
Palin does not have that luxury. Her job awaits back in Juneau.
And she will soon have another duty. Palin will soon be a grandmother, with her daughter Bristol due to give birth in about six weeks, on Dec. 18, according to the baby's father.