by Chris Bodenner
A reader writes:
One thing I haven't heard discussed amidst all the handwringing is her staff. You can't win the Iowa caucuses with a smarmy TV commercial - you need an actual organization. We seem to know a few things about Palin's staff - there are only a few that she trusts, they have no real practical political experience, and they spent the 2008 campaign being lambasted for their screw-ups. What serious Republican operatives are going to work for her after seeing how she treated the McCain people that were brought in?
You can't win a battle if the people that know how to fly the planes or drive the tanks aren't willing to fight on your side.
She can get the engaged and ruthless team, but do not discount the elites she needs. You've met the Axelrods, Carvilles, Roves, Shrums, Schmidts and Wallaces and their ilk. Professional campaign managers expect their bosses to be moderately engaged in such topics. Running for President is a tough job which requires experienced help. Who the hell is going to work for her?
I have no doubt she will run. And it will be the most spectacular train wreck in the history of man-made disasters. I'm already looking forward to the tell-all books by back-stabbing staffers.