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The Staffer Who Leaked About Sarah Palin? Martin Eisenstadt.

November 10, 2008

11/11/08 UPDATE:  Major speculation that “Martin Eisenstadt” may not even exist.  If so, this blog entry can be considered moot.  But I’ll leave it up for historical purposes.

Yes, the same Martin Eisenstadt who tried to get Sarah Palin prepped for her debate with Joe Biden.  Apparently, he was fine being an “anonymous source,” because he didn’t want to burden Carl Cameron and his producers with having to protect their sources.  But when Ms. Palin started calling him “cowardly” and “jerk,” well, let’s just say he was compelled to come clean.

Did we outright give her a geography quiz when we started the prep? No, of course not. But yes, in the context of the prep, it slowly became apparent that her grasp of basic geo-political knowledge had major gaps. Could she have passed a multiple choice test about South Africa or NAFTA. Probably. But it was clear that she simply didn’t have the ease of knowledge that we come to expect from a major party political candidate. Other slights came up, too: Not knowing the difference between Hezbollah and Hamas. Or the difference between the Shiites and Suni. Or when it came to international terrorist organizations, knowing that the IRA was in Northern Ireland, and ETA in Spain.

The real thing we had to constantly remind her was to never, ever compare herself in any way to Hillary Clinton, as she had at her announcement speech. We had it on good authority that Biden was prepping to unleash the inevitable line, “I know Hillary Clinton. Hillary Clinton is a friend of mine. And Sarah, you’re no Hillary Clinton.” Alas, Biden would have been right.

So, Ms. Palin, as Mr. Eisenstadt put it:

… careful what you ask for: some of us may have more to reveal.

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