Apparently word was conveyed to her that it would be better if she stayed away from the funeral service for John McCain. This should not come as a surprise to her. It has long been public knowledge that despite his public protestations to the contrary, McCain regretted his choice of her as his running mate in 2008.
Sarah Palin, the ex-Alaska governor who served as John McCain’s running mate when he ran for president in 2008, is reportedly banned from his funeral.
According to US media, the request to Mrs Palin – who Senator McCain later regretted selecting – was sent through a family intermediary.
A Palin “family source” told NBC News that “out of respect” to the family, “we have nothing to add at this point”.
Mrs Palin was unveiled as McCain’s running mate exactly 10 years ago.
“The Palin family will always cherish their friendship with the McCains and hold those memories dear,” the family representative told a reporter on Wednesday.
According to the magazine, stay-away messages were conveyed through an intermediary to Mrs Palin.
In May he published a book, saying he regretted choosing Mrs Palin and should have instead picked his friend and former Democratic senator Joe Lieberman.
Mrs Palin said at the time that his words, which were published in McCain’s memoir The Restless Wave, were “a gut punch”.
But it must still sting for her, because she always seemed a little oblivious to the cues she got from people. This clip from the film Game Change about that race that was clearly based on the accounts of McCain’s campaign manager Steve Schmidt (played by Woody Harrelson), rings true about what happened on election night when it was clear that Barack Obama had won and Palin (played by Julianne Moore) wanted to also give a concession speech.
Schmidt reportedly was one of those who initially urged McCain to pick Palin which may explain why apparently he too has been snubbed by the family. Other scenes from the film recount the moments when the extent of her cluelessness and the stupidity of their decision sank in.
McCain died less than two years after his second term would have ended if he had won in 2008. This shows how close we might have got to a Palin presidency
Who knows, maybe Palin will turn up at the funeral anyway and deliver the speech she wanted to give on election night.