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Political Candor on "60 Minutes"

"60 Minutes," which has been on somewhat of a ratings roll, has a must-see installment for political junkies this Sunday.

According to a CBS release, the revelations from the book about the 2008 presidential election, "Game Change," by political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's will be addressed by the authors and Steve Schmidt, John McCain's former chief campaign advisor. Anderson Cooper does the interviews.

Among the details in the CBS release, President-elect Obama had to convince Hillary Clinton to become secretary of state despite her fears that taking the job could become a "circus" because of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Schmidt, meanwhile, tells "60 Minutes" that he was told by a campaign staffer that Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin was doing so poorly in her preparations for a debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden, that "the debate was going to be a debacle of historic and epic proportions."

Amusingly, the McCain camp hatched a plan to stop Palin from her tendency to refer to Biden as "O'Biden." They advised here to say, "Can I call you Joe?"

Of course, she did that during a memorable debate moment. However, she also threw in one O'Biden. However, Schmidt added she "more than held her own" in the debate.

It has long been my theory that Palin's popularity with her base might even suffer once insiders like Schmidt start telling campaign stories. This will be one of the early tests of that theory.

-- Alan Pergament 

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Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament

Alan Pergament has continued to blog about television topics since retiring in 2010 as The News' television writer after 28 years on the beat. From local on-air personalities to ratings to the latest on network and cable programming, he keeps you informed.

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