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Steve Schmidt: Palin Debate Was Nearly ‘Debacle,’ Kept Calling Rival ‘O’Biden’ (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post |  Rachel Weiner
First Posted: 01- 7-10 05:25 PM   |   Updated: 01- 7-10 06:26 PM

On CBS’s “60 Minutes” Thursday night, Republican strategist Steve Schmidt revealed some of the behind-the-scenes wrangling that went into Sarah Palin’s debate against then-Sen. Joe Biden.

Schmidt says that a campaign staffer prepping Palin made a desperate call to the chief McCain campaign strategist. “He told us the debate was going to be a debacle of historic and epic proportions,” Schmidt told Anderson Cooper.”She was not focused, not engaged. She was not really participating in the prep.” Schmidt confronted Palin and “she said, ‘You know, I think that’s right.’” Schmidt took over the preparation and said she “more than held her own” in the final debate.

Palin had a reflexive tendency to refer to Biden as “O’Biden,” Schmidt revealed. He says other people on the campaign staff came up with a solution. “It was multiple people — and I wasn’t one of them– who all said at the same time, ‘Just say, ‘Can I call you Joe?” which she did.”

In fact, Palin did accidentally call the senator “O’Biden” once during the debate.

VIDEO HERE

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Guess Who’s Headlining The First ‘National Tea Party Convention’?

WONKETTE 10:41 AM on Thu January 7 2010 By Juli Weiner

No one guessed anyone besides Sarah Palin, right?

This thing is taking place next month in Tennessee and also features Michele Bachmann plus Others. And, uh, it is the “first ever Tea Party Convention,” which means nothing. Christian Science Monitor with the scoop:

On its face, the gig would seem a step down for Ms. Palin, one of conservative America’s most popular and polarizing figures (not to mention major thorn in the side of the Obama White House).

But with an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll ranking a generic “Tea Party” as more popular than either Democrats or Republicans, and Palin herself rivaling the charming Mr. Obama in poll popularity, many experts see the Tea Party event as a potential milestone for a mounting, even transformational, force in US politics.

Okay so everyone just hope Sarah Palin continues to be aware of how much she prefers money to power!

[Christian Science Monitor]

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