Can one “go rogue?” Also, (dumbass):
1. villain, trickster, swindler, cheat, mountebank, quack. See knave.
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I’m pretty sure the phrase was from one of McCain’s staffers who used it to refer to Palin’s refusal (or inability) to stay on message and do what they told her to do. The term comes from “rogue elephant,” which Wikipedia defines as “a lone, violently aggressive wild elephant.”
Jay is right as to the meaning, but the original source was a journalist, not a campaign staffer. it’s from a Slate article by John Dickerson.
I wonder where Dickerson got the phrase. Did he coin it? In any case, it caught on with McCain’s people. The Slate article was Oct. 20. Five days later, Ben Smith at Politico wrote this:
“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.
“I think she’d like to go more rogue,” he said.
I’m sure the term she was looking for was maverick, but she obviously couldn’t use it…
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