Still Feuding Over Sarah Palin

By Tom Johnson

Jul 1, 2009 11:22am

Here is the deal.  Vanity Fair is out with a not so flattering piece about Sarah Palin.  It has opened up some not so old wounds.

William Kristol posted a blog slamming the article calling it a "hit piece", saying that the very people who ran the unsuccessful campaign were the background sources in the piece.  “In fact, one aide who raised this possibility in the course of trashing Palin’s mental state to others in the McCain-Palin campaign was Steve Schmidt,” writes Kristol. 

Steve Schmidt fires back in an email excerpted by Politico’s Jonathan Martin:  “I'm sure John McCain would be president today if only Bill Kristol had been in charge of the campaign.” “After all, his management of [former Vice President] Dan Quayle’s public image as his chief of staff is still something that takes your breath away.”

Here’s how Rick Klein sums it all up in this morning’s “Note”.:

“As for Gov. Sarah Palin — the fallout of the Todd Purdum piece leaves Bill Kristol publicly warring with Steve Schmidt — with Randy Scheunemann (McCain campaign foreign policy aide) taking Kristol’s side.  Politico’s Jonathan Martin plays it all out, with details of the McCain campaign searching e-mails of its staffers in frantic search of leakers: “[Kristol’s] allegation that I was defaming Palin by alleging post-partum depression at the campaign headquarters is categorically untrue. In fact, I think it rises to the level of a slander because it’s about the worst thing you can say about somebody who does what I do for a living,” Schmidt tells Martin.  Said Scheunemann: “Steve Schmidt has a congenital aversion to the truth.””

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