Ben Smith reports rising tension between Sarah Palin and her handlers:
Four Republicans close to Palin said she has decided increasingly to disregard the advice of the former Bush aides tasked to handle her, creating occasionally tense situations as she travels the country with them. Those Palin supporters, inside the campaign and out, said Palin blames her handlers for a botched rollout and a tarnished public image — even as others in McCain’s camp blame the pick of the relatively inexperienced Alaska governor, and her public performance, for McCain’s decline.
“She’s lost confidence in most of the people on the plane,” said a senior Republican who speaks to Palin, referring to her campaign jet. He said Palin had begun to “go rogue” in some of her public pronouncements and decisions.
Which the McCain campaign quickly denies:
“Unnamed sources with their own agenda will say what they want,” Schmitt said. “But from Gov. Palin down we have one agenda, and that’s to win on Election Day.”
UPDATE: Smith returns for Round Two, quoting unnamed sources in “McCain’s camp” saying that Palin’s a “diva.”