Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said establishment Republican operatives who ran John McCain’s (R-AZ) presidential campaign in 2008 banned her from bringing up then-candidate Barack Obama’s record and his personal and professional associations.
She said that sent a signal to Obama that he would not be held accountable by beltway Republicans and the mainstream press, resulting in a host of Obama administration scandals like Operation Fast and Furious and Benghazi.
Appearing on Fox News’s On The Record on Friday, Palin said it was important that Americans understood that establishment Republican consultants prevented her from talking about Obama’s attendance to a “racist church” and Jeremiah Wright while the mainstream media were being trained to be Obama’s lapdogs.
“I was banned from talking about Jeremiah Wright and Obama’s friend Bill Ayers,” Palin said. “Couldn’t talk about Obama’s lack of knowledge and job experience.”
Palin said she was not allowed to talk about these issues because, “those elitists and brainiacs in the GOP machine who were running” the McCain campaign thought the media would “eat us alive” had she brought up those issues.
She said such opposition was needed to hold Obama to account while the mainstream media were “ingratiating themselves with Obama.” Unfortunately, the “go along to get along” mentality of the Republican establishment political class also would enable Obama.
As Breitbart News has extensively documented, McCain advisers, especially campaign manager Steve Schmidt and his top aide, Nicole Wallace, mismanaged the 2008 campaign, wasted the momentum the Republican ticket gained after Palin was nominated, and ultimately tried to blame the 2008 loss solely on Palin to cover up their failure.