Political for a moment

I’m sorry about injecting politics into this blog, but I couldn’t resist this. CNN is reporting that vice president candidate Sarah Palin went “off script” at a rally Sunday in Florida. From the article:

A senior McCain adviser told CNN that those comments “were not the remarks we sent to her plane.” Palin did not discuss the wardrobe story at her rally in Kissimmee, Florida, later in the day.

The story tells of tension between the McCain and Palin advisers and of how some McCain advisers are none too happy with Palin for “going rogue” and being a “diva” who “takes no advice from anyone.”

I’m sorry, but when did things become more about how the advisers feel and less about what the candidates are actually saying? Shouldn’t a candidate for public office speak his or her mind and not the minds of advisers, people with their minds on the polls and on their job prospects, not on the public good?

As a linguistic and minority studies side note, check out this paragraph from the CNN article:

This adviser also decried the double standard, noting that Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama’s running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, has gone off the reservation as well, most recently by telling donors at a fundraiser that America’s enemies will try to “test” Obama.

When did it become appropriate to use the metaphor “off the reservation” in a news article?

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