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McCain Aides Attack Palin Over Book

By Dan Weil   |   Monday, 16 Nov 2009 10:30 AM

In her new book, “Going Rogue,” Sarah Palin takes shots at the officials who ran John McCain’s presidential campaign, and now those officials are firing back.

"It's all fiction," McCain’s campaign manager Steve Schmidt told Politico news service.

"Why is the bald guy always the villain?" Schmidt, of course, has no hair.

In her book, the vice presidential candidate says that Schmidt blamed the campaign’s woes on her post-partum depression and even tried to tell her what to eat.

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She “took in his rotund physique and noted that he used nicotine to keep his own cognitive connections humming along,” the book says

“I'm a forty-four year old, healthy, athletic woman raising five kids and governing a large state, I thought as his words faded into a background buzz. Sir, I really don't know you yet. But you've told me how to dress, what to say, who to talk to, a lot of people not to talk to, who my heroes are supposed to be, and we're still losing. Now you're going to tell me what to eat?”

A top, anonymous McCain aide told Politico that Schmidt and campaign manager Rick Davis addressed her diet out of concern that she was losing too much weight.

“We told her that her health came first and offered to get her a nutritionist," the aide said.

The spat with Schmidt is ironic in that he was one of McCain’s aides to most strongly recommend that the Arizona Senator choose Palin, who had limited political experience.

According to The New York Times, Palin puts more focus in her book on lashing out at McCain operatives than at Democrats.

“The most sustained and vehement barbs in this book are directed not at Democrats or liberals or the news media, but at the McCain campaign,” writes Times book reviewer Michiko Kakutani.

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