John McCain may have been gracious in defeat but now the recriminations have begun among the Republicans – and their target is Sarah Palin.
Critics are pointing the finger at the Alaskan governor saying her folksy, “you betcha” style alienated many voters – that, and she was too inexperienced to have been McCain’s running mate.
But Palin has been quick to deny rumours of a pall in relations within the party.
“That is totally false,” she said, “ No rift. I don’t even know who the rift would be with. Certainly not with John McCain or his people or the people I’m working with. That is totally false.”
As the self-styled moose hunting hockey mom heads back home, will this be the last we see of her? Love her or hate her she has made an impact on US national politics and her supporters see her going even further. Certainly that’s the opinion of some in her home state.
Ernesto Zarinio, Alaska resident said: “I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s our next president, I really wouldn’t. She’s got all the innate qualities that would make a great leader, she really does.”
But if Palin wants to walk-the-walk to the White House she must now acquire that elusive experience and rebuild parts of her image so that more than just the grassroots see her as presidential material.