PALIN WANTED MORE MEDIA TIME…. Opinions may vary, but looking back at the 2008 presidential campaign, Sarah Palin seems to have an unusual idea about what went wrong for her.
GIZZI: What was the biggest mistake made in the ’08 campaign?
PALIN: The biggest mistake made was that I could have called more shots on this: the opportunities that were not seized to speak to more Americans via media. I was not allowed to do very many interviews, and the interviews that I did were not necessarily those I would have chosen. But I was so thankful to have the opportunity to run with John McCain that I was not going to argue with the strategy decisions that some of his people were making regarding the media contacts?
But if I would have been in charge, I would have wanted to speak to more reporters because that’s how you get your message out to the electorate.
Now, as I recall, Palin seemed to run into trouble when she started doing media interviews, so I’m not sure if more airtime would have helped (unless she has a “practice makes perfect” approach to answering substantive questions).
But I was also struck by Palin’s admission: “I was not allowed to do very many interviews.” I suspect everyone understands this just fine, but I’d really like to ask the governor: why do you suppose this is?