Back when the love was strong! (ap)
McCain conceded to the reality of the media firestorm surrounding Palin's charges against his team, and told them he understood if they felt the need to defend themselves. But the Arizona senator called for a minimalist approach, suggesting that his former aides avoid television appearances.
Right? Like Beltway Confidential's sainted mother used to say of unwanted attention from boys on the playground, “Just ignore them and they'll go away.” Sadly, this stellar advice has little practical use in adulthood, but we digress.
Some, unnamed McCain campaign types did get in there and mixed it up a little bit when the Palin excerpts first emerged ahead of the book. Others were bolder and talked on the record. Still, it was low-grade fuming and not all-out warfare (unlike the aftermath of the campaign). Until today — which it should be noted, is actually the first day Palin's book is on sale (although it already feels like it's been out a few weeks at least). And McCain snapped! Reports The Hill:
John McCain (R-Ariz.), who spoke to The Hill Monday evening, denied Sarah Palin’s allegation that his campaign stuck her with a $50,000 legal bill to pay for the cost of vetting her as a potential vice presidential candidate.
McCain said the bill was for legal work related to allegations that Palin made improper use of her influence as Alaska’s governor to press for the dismissal of a state trooper named Mike Wooten. Wooten was embroiled in a custody dispute with Palin’s younger sister, Molly McCann.