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Palin Web Ad Cites Thumbs Up From 'Famous Person'

By Garance Franke-Ruta and Krissah Williams Thompson
Is the McCain campaign still nursing a grudge against Peggy Noonan?

This morning on news sites, the McCain campaign appeared to be in need of a copy editor when it attributed a positive review of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's debate performance last night to a "Famous Person."

The ad -- viewable here -- couples a photo of a smiling Palin with the quote: "She killed. It was her evening. She was the star. -- Famous Person (10/2/08)"

Now, there was one famous person who actually did say that about the GOP vice presidential candidate, though it's not clear from the campaign's ad: Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan. Who also previously has ripped into Palin's selection as the vice presidential nominee.

"She killed. It was her evening. She was the star," said Noonan last night on NBC, according to a round-up of debate reactions posted online by the McCain campaign this morning.

"Is she not a famous person?" asked McCain campaign blogger Michael Goldfarb, queried about the ad. Given an assent that Noonan is, indeed, famous (or, at least, famous in political circles), he continued, "OK, so what's the problem?"

"If there's no factual inaccuracy, I don't know what the problem is," he added.

Still, someone must have seen the potential for confusion, especially in light of the microcontroversy that broke out when the McCain campaign prematurely declared victory in the Arizona senator's debate with Barack Obama in a pre-debate Web ad released late last month.

A later version of the Palin ad replaced the "Famous Person" attribution with Noonan's name.

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 3, 2008; 12:36 PM ET
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Comments

Sarah Palin’s staged descent from airplanes holding her baby, her skirting questions with memorized scripts, her studied folksy language, her going for the jugular while smiling sweetly, the barracuda glare behind her spectacles—all this might charm and energize the social conservative base, but it’s not going to sway most independent voters. Her shallow grasp of the substantive issues aside, the more independent voters get to know Sarah Palin, the more she’ll turn them off.

Posted by: Carlossss | October 3, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

LOL, Palin is a complete Ditz in every sense of the word. What a joke.

Jiff
www.privacy.es.tc

Posted by: clermontpc | October 3, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

"You've never heard of Reagan Democrats? Why don't you pick on someone your own size?

Posted by: JakeD "
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This financial meltdown closes the books on Reaganomics.

Posted by: JRM2 | October 3, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Geraldine Ferraro before and Michele Norris after Noonan's comments? They all thought Palin had won.

Posted by: JakeD | October 3, 2008 5:01 PM

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Yeah, we all know how much Ferraro loves Obama and Noonan wants to redeem her conservative credentials.

If I were McCain I wouldn't be ACTING so happy. Survey's show that independents gave it to Biden 59% to 31% Palin.

and that, my friends, is really bad news for McCain.

Posted by: JRM2 | October 3, 2008 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Peggy Noonan first became famous to me when she was caught ripping Palin off-mic.

Posted by: JRM2 | October 3, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Peggy Noonan first became famous to me when she was caught ripping Palin off-mic.

Posted by: JRM2 | October 3, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

So they knew the words would be said, but they weren't sure who was going to say them? The McCain campaign is really fond of pre-emptive action. But they always seem to shoot themselves in the foot. Keep the red button away from that man.

Posted by: clnmcln | October 3, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

We are just finishing eight years of The Worst President Ever. We're now witnessing The Worst presidential Campaign Ever.
32 days and it's be over. Welcome to Landslide City.

Posted by: thebobbob | October 3, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

So it is a good thing that celebrities support Palin?

What's next:

"She reminds me of me" - Britney Spears

"She's like a brunette version of me. Hope she doesn't have any videos..." - Paris Hilton

"I'd let her shoot me." - Bullwinkle

Posted by: dbjackso1 | October 3, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

lol the McCain campaign is so clueless. At least when you get caught making a mistake, admit you made a mistake. Humiliating.

Posted by: unpluggedboodah | October 3, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

slamkitty:

This is not Teen Jeopardy. You've never heard of Reagan Democrats? Why don't you pick on someone your own size?

Posted by: JakeD | October 3, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

hclark1: "Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008"

Oh, I have it, let me guess. What is people who are just as pathetic and uninformed as the candidates they are supporting?

Posted by: slamkitty | October 3, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

dbw1:

Don't hold your breath waiting for zuckermand to actually answer your questions.

Posted by: JakeD | October 3, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

zuckermand:

You are accusing Noonan (who last week trashed Palin) of coordinating this quote with the McCain campaign -- I thought that only happened with movie reviewers -- what's your excuse for Geraldine Ferraro before and Michele Norris after Noonan's comments? They all thought Palin had won.

Posted by: JakeD | October 3, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"Is she not a famous person?" asked McCain campaign blogger Michael Goldfarb, queried about the ad. Given an assent that Noonan is, indeed, famous (or, at least, famous in political circles), he continued, "OK, so what's the problem?"

The problem is this:
If this is how John McCain runs his campaign - pathetic at best - how inept will he be at governing?

Posted by: DCBlue1 | October 3, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

karela:

If she had waited 5 seconds, someone else (or maybe even you) would have criticized that as moose-caught-in-headlights. Amazing how she had everything "memorized" including what words Biden would be using.

Posted by: JakeD | October 3, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, the ad was created before the campaign had established which "pundit" would deliver the line. Careless on their part, much like their general approach to the welfare of our country.

Posted by: zukermand | October 3, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

If I were a famous person, I wouldn't admit to endorsing Palin's performance last night either!

Posted by: SueB2 | October 3, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

It took two WaPo reporters to come up with this useless story? GFR is wrong about a lot of things, but I always thought she had more integrity than to stoop to being a WaPo filler writer. Please get out there and call BHO on his multitude of lies and do some real reporting.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | October 3, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

There is no doubt that Ms. Palin did a better job last night than she's been doing. But there is also no doubt that she only talked about what she wanted to talk about. She didn't answer the questions---and that's the purpose of a debate. We want to know if she knows the answers to the questions WE ASK. She showed at the republican convention that she can do well with a teleprompter. Last night she showed that when desperate, she can memorize the teleprompter. We still don't know if she can answer questions she hasn't memorized answers for, because she just switched to other topics when one of those came up. Not being embarrassing is vastly different than being competent. Joe Biden was vastly competent last night and Sarah avoided the chance to prove that she was. And her response to Joe's "moment" was not like any nice hockey mom I've ever known. It was uncaring and just plain rude to not even wait five seconds before going right into her memorized talking points. HO HUM!

Posted by: karela | October 3, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Team McCain just wanted you guys to google for that and make a big deal that it was Peggy Noonan. Once you did that, they could replace the name. Cheap trick, imo.

Posted by: TomJx | October 3, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I'd see the day, but the events of the past two weeks have turned me into a political news junkie. In all the hundreds of comments and commentaries I've read about the VP debate and Sarah Palin in particular, much has been said about her tactic of not answering the question because she was going to talk directly to the American people, as well as her comment that she welcomed the opportunity to talk to the American people without the filter of the press. What hasn't been noted, and what Governor Palin apparently doesn't understand, is that the debate moderator and the press ARE the American people. They're asking the questions we are asking, and they (and we) are expecting answers to the questions that were asked--not the questions she knows how to answer. Bottom line, those who believe she won the debate by not blowing it just prove the maxim: "You can fool some of the people all of the time..."

Posted by: GreenWhiteandBlue | October 3, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 3, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Geraldine Ferraro thought Palin won too, right before Noonan's analysis. Is she "famous" enough?

Posted by: JakeD | October 3, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

zukermand:
I flipped through several channels after the debate last night, and as far as 'shills' go Noonan was outnumbered at least 5-to-1 by liberal shills trying their best to find something to criticize about Palin even though she blew away all expectations and stole the evening.

Isn't it funny how after the McCain/Obama debate, all the liberal 'shills' rushed to pronounce Obama the winner, simply because he performed closer to McCain than expected, and because his mannerisms of looking into the camera were better? Policy or substance of the debate mattered little if at all.

Then last night, all of a sudden the same liberal 'shills' can only talk about Biden winning, "if you look at it point by point". Little talk about how Palin looked into the camera (like Obama), little talk about how Biden talked more to the moderator than to the people (like McCain was criticized for the week before).

The media keeps claiming they aren't biased. Well, if they aren't biased, then they are fickle since their standard for a 'win' in a debate seems to shift from week to week. They are laughable.

Biased or fickle....not a good spot to be in if those are the only two choices that can be applied.

Posted by: dbw1 | October 3, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I was undecided before the debate, and I am still undecided. The debate was without fire works, Watching Palin and Biden Practice is much more interesting.
http://www.watchdebate.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 3, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I do hope Mr Goldfarb takes on much greater spokesman responsibility for the rest of the month. He's very effective.

Posted by: zukermand | October 3, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Ms Noonan bills separately for these extracurricular activities, or they are included in the base GOP shill contract.

Posted by: zukermand | October 3, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

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