Anonymous McCain campaign aides have unloaded on Sarah Palin in recent weeks. “She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said one McCain adviser. Palin reportedly “blames her handlers for a botched rollout and a tarnished public image.” One Republican source said of Palin: “I think she’d like to go more rogue.”
Today, speaking to reporters shortly after casting her vote in Wasilla, Palin demonstrated of bit of her rogue desires. As Palin continued to answer questions from the press, her aides tried repeatedly to halt the exchange and move her along…but to no avail:
PALIN: Hopefully, I’ll be able to do that as vice president.
AIDE: Great. Thank you very much.[…]
PALIN: we — we look forward to the end of this day.
AIDE: OK, thank you, guys. We’ve got to get going here. […]
PALIN: No, we’ll be talking to him probably on the drive back into Anchorage. I’ll call him. Yes. Thank you, guys.
AIDE: OK, guys. Thank you very much.
Every attempt Palin’s aides made to end the press conference was rebuffed by the Alaska Governor. Watch it:
Palin was asked during the press conference whether she voted for Sen. Ted Stevens. “I am also exercising my right to privacy and I don’t have to tell anyone who I voted for, nobody does, and that’s really cool about America, also,” she said.
Previously, McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds claimed that she would not vote for Stevens, but Palin has refused to make such a pledge herself.
During the press conference, Palin said, “Forever I’m going to be Sarah from Alaska.”