However today it seems that eliminating Sarah personally from the memorial services was not enough. It appears that the McCain family would like to pretend that the Sarah Palin embarassing chapter in McCain’s life never happened. According to a report from Politico, three of McCain’s top aides from the 2008 campaign were not invited to attend any of the services. They include his former campaign manager Steve Schmidt, senior adviser Nicolle Wallace, and strategist John Weaver. Schmidt and Wallace have been vocally critical of McCain’s decision to choose Palin as his running mate, even though Schmidt had a role in the selection process. This caused deep-seeded resentment between McCain and his top campaign staffers.
The inescapable conclusion is that the McCain family would like to pretend that Sarah Palin was never a part of John McCain’s life. Even the horrible five years spent as a prisoner in a North Vietnamese prison camp will be remembered as the funeral procession passes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. McCain survived that experience with his soul in-tact. However it seems the experience with Sarah Palin was so humiliating that it wasn’t enough to limit Palin from attending. Anyone associated with that assault on America was not welcome.