Sarah Palin Just Explained Why She Doesn't Believe What John McCain Wrote in His Book About Her

TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 26: U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (L) attend a campaign rally at Pima County Fairgrounds on March 26, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. Palin traveled to Arizona to stump for McCain, who is facing a primary challenge in his bid for a fifth term in the Senate. Today's event marked the first time the pair had campaigned together since their failed 2008 presidential run. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

Sarah Palin is reportedly upset over Senator John McCain's (R-AZ) confession that he regrets choosing her as his running mate in the 2008 presidential race. Palin, who left her Alaska governorship to join the Republican ticket, told The Daily Mail that it feels like a "perpetual gut-punch" when she hears McCain speak unfondly of his decision to nominate her.


McCain has been absent from the Senate due to a battle with brain cancer. The 81-year-old Senator's new book, The Restless Wave, details how McCain chose Palin due to pressure from his campaign staff. His ideal choice was then-Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT), who had run on the Democratic ticket in 2000 with former Vice President Al Gore.

"That’s not what Sen. McCain has told me all these years, as he's apologized to me repeatedly for the people who ran his campaign," Palin said. "It's not a real fun thing that part of my job is the requirement – is having to read the news every day."

Palin told the Daily Mail that she wants to hear McCain himself express his regret directly to her, rather than reading about it in a book or hearing about it from campaign staff, whom she says are the true beholders of the negative memories.

I attribute a lot of what we're hearing and reading regarding McCain's statements to his ghostwriter or ghostwriters. I don't know all the details of his condition right now. It happens to me also where people speak for me and a bell is rung, and you can't un-ring the bell.

Palin also recalled instances in which McCain would apologize to her for the poor treatment she received from Republican Party elites. "I stop him all the time and say, 'please don't apologize.'" Palin offered a new style of politics—she was the plain-spoken, caribou-hunting, frontier hockey mom espousing small-town populism.

Palin added that apologizing for losing the race was also a moot point, as the landslide victory of Barack Obama was all but inevitable.

There were elements of a perfect storm for Barack Obama to have been elected. It worked out the way that it was supposed to work out

But, as political relationships often go, McCain and Palin appear to have remained friends in the years since their 2008 electoral defeat.

In spite of everything that has erupted in these past days with his spokesperson – or perhaps he himself – saying that he regrets that they chose me to run on their ticket. Despite all that, he has been my friend.

Twitter had some thoughts of its own.

CNN video; Samuel Corum/Getty Images

With the world facing a viral pathogen with no vaccine or proven effective treatment, people are understandably on edge.

Hoping to give people a smile or a laugh, lawyer and fiscally conservative Republican—and Donald Trump adversary—George Conway decided to give folks the set up for an old joke with a new twist.

Keep reading... Show less
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Even the most powerful office on the planet requires a level of humility and a willingness to admit when something goes wrong. President Donald Trump didn't get that memo.

Whether it's on Obama, the "fake news media," traitorous Republicans, the impeachment "hoax," or anything within even the most laborious reach, Trump can always find some person or entity on whom to pass the blame.

Keep reading... Show less
Fox Business

After less than a year on the job and with zero White House press briefings to her name, Stephanie Grisham will step down as White House press secretary, returning to her work with First Lady Melania Trump as her Chief of Staff.

Stephanie Grisham is the third White House Press Secretary to step down during the administration of President Donald Trump.

Keep reading... Show less
Shannon Finney/Getty Images

Across the country, states have instituted stay-at-home orders in an effort to curb the spread of the highly contagious virus that's upended daily life in the United States.

Late last month, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued one of these orders, urging his constituents to only leave their houses for necessary errands, such as getting groceries or filling prescriptions.

There's just one problem: Wisconsin's elections are scheduled for April 7. In addition to the Presidential primaries, Wisconsinites will vote for judicial positions, school board seats, and thousands of other offices.

The Democratic and Republican National Committees took the case to the Supreme Court, with Democrats arguing that the deadline for mailing absentee ballots should be extended by a week, to April 13, in order to facilitate voting from home.

With a Wisconsin Supreme Court Seat up for grabs on Tuesday, Republicans predictably made the case for why as few people as possible should be permitted to vote. It was a continuation of Wisconsin GOP efforts to suppress the vote, which included rejecting a demand from Governor Evers to automatically mail an absentee ballot to every resident.

The Republican majority in United States Supreme Court sided with the RNC and the election in Wisconsin will carry on as scheduled. This is despite Wisconsin being unprepared for the surge in absentee ballot requests, which leapt from a typical 250,000 to over 1.2 million in reaction to the virus. Thousands of these voters won't even receive these ballots until after the election, thereby preventing them from exercising their right to vote.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a blistering dissent to the majority's decision, saying:

"Either [voters] will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others' safety. Or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own. That is a matter of utmost importance — to the constitutional rights of Wisconsin's citizens, the integrity of the State's election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation."

She was flabbergasted that her more conservative colleagues didn't think a global pandemic and national crisis was enough to justify emergency policies ensuring Wisconsinites their right to vote:

"The Court's suggestion that the current situation is not 'substantially different' from 'an ordinary
election' boggles the mind...Now, under this Court's order, tens of thousands of absentee voters, unlikely to receive their ballots in time to cast them, will be left quite literally without a vote."

A majority of the Supreme Court may not have agreed with Ginsburg, but the court of public opinion was fully on her side.





The Republican efforts indicated to some that the party cares more about maintaining control than preserving lives.




Large crowds are already gathering in Wisconsin to vote.

In a bit of devastating irony, the Supreme Court voted remotely when making its decision.

For more information about the tried and true tactic of GOP voter suppression, check out Uncounted, available here.

JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

Despite numerous cautions from medical experts—including those on his staff—President Donald Trump continues to tout hydroxychloroquine as a promising treatment for the virus that's brought daily life in the United States to a standstill.

The drug has undergone no clinical trials to scientifically test its efficacy on the virus, and the evidence on its behalf is anecdotal at best. One Fox News guest, Access Health International Chairman William Haseltine, called it a "quack cure."

Keep reading... Show less
Catherine Nance / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, is back in the public eye after keeping a relatively low profile following the impeachment trial against his client.

Keep reading... Show less