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GOP watch: Lord of the Flies?

Politico's Martin looks at the fallout from the Vanity Fair piece that exposed rifts between the McCain-Palin camps. "Rival factions close to the McCain campaign have been feuding since last fall over Palin, usually waging the battle in the shadows with anonymous quotes," Martin writes. "Now, however, some of the most well-known names in Republican politics are going on-the-record with personal attacks and blame-casting." The players include on one side Steve Schmidt -- who ran McCain's campaign -- Nicolle and Mark Wallace against Bill Kristol and Randy Scheunemann. How about this bomb lobbed by Schmidt after Kristol criticized Schmidt in a blog post: "I'm sure John McCain would be president today if only Bill Kristol had been in charge of the campaign. ... After all, his management of [former Vice President] Dan Quayle's public image as his chief of staff is still something that takes your breath away."
Palin says she can beat Obama... in running: "In a recent interview with Runner's World, the governor of Alaska expressed how she'd do in a race against President Obama. 'If [it] were a long race that required a lot of endurance I'd win,' she said, boasting that while she may lack the physical strength to take on the President, she could outlast him by sheer will power. 'I betcha I'd have more endurance,' she said. 'If you ever talk to my old coaches they'd tell you, too. What I lacked in physical strength or skill I made up for in determination and endurance.'" Is that a metaphor or what? No matter how hard some try, she won't go away...

Meanwhile… "In an interview with The Associated Press, Sanford admitted to as many as seven meetings with Maria Belen Chapur since 2001, including five during the year Sanford has said he was engaged in a romantic relationship with her. Further, the two-term Republican governor said he had casual encounters with other women, but that he did not have sex with them. Those encounters happened, he said, outside the United States but before he met Chapur." And: "Sanford's wife, Jenny, discovered the affair in January when she discovered a letter he had written her. Sanford told the AP he asked his wife to visit Chapur with him several times, but she refused. In the interview, Sanford called Chapur his 'soul mate,' but said he is trying to fall back in love with his wife."
The New York Post: "SC Gov: My harem of honeys."