Furious Palin prepares to battle the enemy within
Published 02/11/2010 | 05:00
Sarah Palin has predicted she will face harsh criticism in the aftermath of today's US mid-term elections, as pressure continued against her probable bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
She vented her fury after it was reported that numerous senior figures in the Republican Party were contemplating how to derail her White House attempt, which they see as a disaster in the making.
Mrs Palin denounced critical media as a "joke" and "corrupt b******s" and referred to efforts to undermine her in the Republican Party.
It came after comments in 'The Daily Telegraph' by Karl Rove, former adviser to George W Bush, who said that many Americans questioned Mrs Palin's White House credentials.
Various advisers to her potential rivals in the Republican primary and veteran strategists said they saw a mutual interest in ending the momentum Mrs Palin has developed in the campaign.
"There is a determined, focused establishment effort. . . to find a candidate we can coalesce around who can beat Sarah Palin," said one source.
"We believe she could get the nomination, but Barack Obama would crush her."
Mrs Palin said: "This is a joke to have unnamed sources tearing somebody apart limb by limb.
"If they would man up and. . . make these claims against me, then I can debate them."
Earlier, she called KTVA television station in Alaska "corrupt b******s" after a recording emerged in which reporters were purportedly discussing how to sabotage the campaign of a candidate backed by Mrs Palin.
KTVA insisted the recording had been misleadingly edited.
Meanwhile, other Republicans have come out in Mrs Palin's defence. Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, said: "These Republican leaders who don't put their names in print but make comments in shadows need to shut up." (© Daily Telegraph, London)