I suggested a few days ago that the reason the MSM has gone all in on John McCain was the chance for him to play useful idiot in their quest to hit the GOP in general and Donald Trump in particular, however it was my opinion that while the coverage would reflect this the funeral itself would not be used in such a way as it would not only be demeaning but remembering the results of the Wellstone memorial which backfired spectacularly when turned into a political rally.
And then I read this:
Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who was Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)’s running mate in the 2008 presidential election, has been excluded from his funeral.
Breitbart News has independently confirmed an earlier report in People magazine, which reported that Palin was not sent an invitation, and was told through intermediaries to stay away from the ceremony.
McCain fundraiser Carla Eudy confirmed to People that Palin had not been invited — possibly, People speculated, at the behest of the McCain family.
The news comes on the tenth anniversary of the date in 2008 when Palin was announced as McCain’s pick for Vice President.
Now if there is one person who remained unshakably loyal to John McCain it was Sarah Palin who continued to defended him even as his former campaign staff have made a career of going after her and even as McCain himself claimed that he regretted picking her as a running mate. Furthermore there is no question that regardless of any provocation that might arise at the event, Palin would be unlikely to carry herself in any way that even suggested disrespect to the family.
So why exclude her when such an exclusion can bring nothing but bad press:
The amazing thing about the snub is that refusing to offer an invitation costs more than extending one would. It would have been the easiest thing to say “let bygones be bygones,” have Palin quietly attend, and thus avoid any headlines about her not being asked to show up. To absorb coverage like this the McCains really must have wanted her to stay away, a dishonor otherwise seemingly reserved for their least favorite people. That’s a shame.
That’s Allahpundit at Hotair and he makes a good point, one would think that it would not be worth the bad press to keep her out since it is unthinkable that she would make trouble or even react poorly if others did.
And that’s dear friends precisely the point.
The reason why the Wellstone memorial cost the left so dearly wasn’t just because of the overt political tone of the event, but it was because it was done in the presence of political foes who had shown to pay their respects. As Jessie Ventura the Governor of Minnesota at the time put it:
“I went to pay my respects in the manner we were asked to do so, and I think that it was very deceitful to turn it into a political rally,” he said. “I know the head of the Democratic Party is trying to sit and say, these were spontaneous speeches and all that – well, if you believe that…”
And as Time magazine reported at the time the political fallout hurt the Democrats in more places than Minnesota:
A backlash against the politically charged service almost certainly helped Norm Coleman beat Walter Mondale for Wellstone’s Minnesota Senate seat. And a private poll by Bill Clinton’s former pollster, Mark Penn, suggests the service backfired on Democrats nationally as well.
Penn found that 68% of voters knew about the service a high awareness of an event broadcast live nationally only on C-SPAN. What’s more, 49% of voters said the service made them less likely to vote for a Democrat and 67% of independents said they felt that way. One Democrat who quickly sensed that the service was a political disaster was Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, a possible 2004 presidential contender.
Kerry would go on to lose to George W Bush that year.
Now you might be thinking “DaTechGuy, you’re crazy, John McCain was a republican, what makes you think his funeral will be turned into a Democrat rally?”
Yes John McCain was a republican, he was also the deciding vote to save Obamacare and has been an unrelenting voice attacking President Donald Trump event to the very end.
I think the family knows that this funeral has the potential to turn into a #nevertrump event and the only thing worse that Sarah Palin walking out of such an event would be Sarah Palin NOT walking out such an event and absorbing hits and or boos with dignity. I think they figure that the hit they’ll get for not inviting Palin is a lot better than risking a political disaster that would empower President Trump and his allies in the GOP
Now I could be completely wrong about this and I hope I am but given the history of the last two years and the willingness of anti-trump forces to cross lines that were hitherto sacrosanct, I wouldn’t bet against it.