When Gov. Sarah Palin flew home to Alaska for the first time since being named the Republican vice presidential nominee, she brought along at least half a dozen new advisers to conduct briefings, stage-manage her first television interview and help her prepare for a critical debate next month.
And virtually every member of the team shared a common credential: years of service to President [sic] Bush…
The team has been assembled and led by Steve Schmidt, a sharp-witted, low-key strategist who has emerged as the campaign’s day-to-day operations chief after the ouster of a group of sometimes undisciplined McCain loyalists. Schmidt’s operation is tightly run and hard-nosed — made up of policy advisers, communications experts, advance people and lower-level aides, many of them old friends who have worked together for the last eight years, and whose presence lends a familiar vibe to the Palin operation.
But McCain-Palin won’t be Bush’s third term. At all.