The political snubs keep piling up.
As news coverage of memorial services for the late Sen. John McCain maintain a steady, prominent presence in the media, details about the Arizona political giant’s funeral are also providing a reliable source of buzz for reporters looking for an opportunity to snipe at the American right.
And former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is the next target.
According to reports first broken by People magazine, the McCain family has made it clear that Palin, a woman who ran as McCain’s vice presidential candidate in his doomed campaign against Barack Obama in 2008, was not even welcome at his funeral.
“Two names you won’t see on the guest list: Trump and Palin,” an unnamed source told the celebrity news magazine.
An apparently separate source backed up the statement, and speculated that the decision had been made by McCain’s widow.
“My guess is, it came from Cindy,” People quoted that source, “close to the McCain family,” as saying. “She is very protective of John’s memory and legacy. She’s also a grieving widow. I think she wants to get through this as best she can.”
The Palin snub was sent through “intermediaries” People reported:
“‘Donald Trump and Sarah Palin were not served official notice outright,’ says the source close to the McCain family. ‘I want to make that clear. It wasn’t a no-trespass order. They won’t be turned away by guards if they show up at the funeral.'”
Regardless of how their desire was conveyed, the McCain camp sent a clear message to Palin that she’s not welcome.
And with that, McCain or his family delivered what conservatives can only hope is the last shot at millions of Americans who truly honored McCain, even if political developments over the years had pushed them to different sides on some issues.
And if political differences were the only reason Palin is being frozen out of the funeral, it’s petty and it’s unnecessary. And beyond giving the liberal media chattering class one more thing to insult conservatives with, it’s tough to see what it was meant to accomplish.
No one was surprised that Trump would not be a featured speaker at McCain’s funeral. But outright requesting McCain’s former running mate not to attend – and having it leak to a popcorn publication like People – is behavior even those who disagreed with McCain on some issues would have thought beneath him, and his family.
It’s also enough to make Republicans who supported McCain’s “Straight Talk Express” run against George W. Bush in the 2000 campaign, and the many millions of Americans who devoutly hoped McCain would defeat the dangerously progressive Democrat Barack Obama in 2008, simply wish the national grieving process for the senator can end quickly before even more insults come out.
The final service for McCain in Arizona, scheduled for Thursday, includes former Vice President Joe Biden as a speaker, according to Fox News; McCain’s funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday includes former President Barack Obama.
If the oily-tongued, lecherous Biden, and the autocratic, imperious Obama deserve starring roles at McCain’s services — and Sarah Palin is not even welcome to sit in a seat — there’s not much more to say.
Except that the political snubs keep piling up.
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