McCain now unable to stop talking about Palin

It seems like ages ago that John McCain urged former campaign staffers to hold their fire on Sarah Palin. Not worth it, he said. Defend yourselves if you must — but just don't go on TV.

Of course McCain was among the first to crack. He told The Hill newspaper that Palin was wrong when she claimed in her book that the campaign charged her $50k for her own vetting, saying the legal bills were for work on her Alaska ethics troubles.

Now, he's given a phone interview to Steve Holland of Reuters (a “phoner,” in the sophisticated jargon of the newsroom), defending the campaign staffers Palin names in her book. Oh, McCain!

“There's been a lot of dust flying around in the last few days and I just wanted to mention that I have the highest regard for Steve Schmidt and Nicolle Wallace and the rest of the team … and I appreciated all the hard work and everything they did to help the campaign,” he said.

Guess who else he's proud of?

McCain, who has largely kept silent in the high-profile run-up to Palin's book release and tour, said he remained proud of Palin, whom he plucked from obscurity as governor of Alaska last year to join him in his campaign.

“I'm still really proud of her and the campaign she ran and I think it's pretty obvious that she has a substantial base and interest out there,” McCain said.

 

After mob thefts, Black Friday offers glimmers of hope for retailers

Shoppers hunted for deals amidst heightened security

By Sydney Johnson
SF unveils plan to encourage holiday shopping at small businesses

Effort includes trolley to take shoppers into neighborhoods

By Bay City News
California leaders must crack down on brazen ‘flash mob’ retail looting and robbery

Group robbery in Union Square and in other cities requires strategic response

By The Examiner Editorial Board