McCain aides call new Palin book "self-serving"

"Going Rogue: An American Life," is a memoir by Sarah Palin. Photo Credit: AP

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Top aides to Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign hit back at Sarah Palin during the weekend, calling the former vice presidential candidate's soon-to-be-released book "revisionist and self-serving" "fiction."

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Campaign manager Steve Schmidt, who emerges as Palin's nemesis in the excerpts that have surfaced from her account of the campaign, "Going Rogue," said Palin's charges about him were made up.

With a laugh, the shaved-headed political operative asked: "Why is the bald guy always the villain?"

Schmidt, Palin writes, was "grim-faced" and "cool" and tried to pin the campaign's troubles on what he claimed was Palin's postpartum depression, and even went so far as to try to dictate her diet.

According to excerpts published on the Huffington Post, Palin "took in his rotund physique and noted that he used nicotine to keep his own cognitive connections humming along."

"I'm a forty-four-year-old, healthy, athletic woman raising five kids and governing a large state, I thought as his words faded into a background buzz. Sir, I really don't know you yet. But you've told me how to dress, what to say, who to talk to, a lot of people not to talk to, who my heroes are supposed to be and we're still losing. Now you're going to tell me what to eat?"

A McCain strategist familiar with the exchange over Palin's appearance said Schmidt and campaign manager Rick Davis approached her about it because people on her plane were concerned about her weight loss. -

PHOTOS: Click here to see photos of Sarah Palin's media blitz

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