John McCain, Sarah Palin

Commander-in-Chief Sarah Palin ????

The other night during his acceptance speech, Barack Obama took on John McCain’s chief attack on him straight-on: that he (Obama) does not have the experience or judgment to be president, or, as Americans prefer to refer to their president, Commander-In-Chief. (What’s with that, anyway?) To whit:

John McCain has voted with George Bush 90 percent of the time.

Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but, really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than 90 percent of the time?


It’s interesting to see how John McCain chose to demonstrate this impressive judgment of his when his first chance arose after Obama uttered this challenge – he chooses for his vice-presidential nominee a person who has been governor of a rural state for less than two years. As the official sidekick of a 72-year old candidate that has had four bouts with cancer, Palin stands a very, very good chance of actually being president in the next four years, and John McCain chose her. By the only standard we can use to produce a positive “judgment measurement” for John McCain, age, she has less “judgment” than Obama, being three years younger. Hell, she’s even younger than McCain’s bankroll wife!

Maybe he’s trying to harness more of the anti-Obama PUMA vote that we’ve talked about of late? I suppose picking a female veep is a better lure than calling his wife a cunt


Update: It looks like she has at least one fan. Too bad he’s been indicted! h/t


6 thoughts on “Commander-in-Chief Sarah Palin ????

  1. Oh, it gets better, Kev – , apparently she’s under investigation herself. Note when the results are supposed to be released – Oct 31, one week before the election. Not to mention that when you can’t even muster support from David Frum for your decision, it doesn’t bode well. The more I look at this, the more it seems like a desparate gamble, and desparation is not an admirable quality in someone who can launch nuclear missiles.


  2. I think a skeleton in the closet is part of the application process for the Republican party. I also read somewhere that she was not actually vetted for the position and that John McCain only met her once, therefore I probably found out about this before even he did.

    And after you.


  3. Yeah, it definitely smacks of Bush’s ‘I have gazed into his soul’ moment with Putin, doesn’t it? I think that that would be the smart way for the Democrats to go about this – don’t attack her, per se, since that’ll just lead to accusations of bullying, but go after McCain – what does this choice say about him, and his fitness to lead?


  4. I can see where tapping Pailin for VP seems like a lack in judgement but if nothing else shows him to be the maverick he so enjoys being.

    The 90% agreeing with Bush statistic is interesting. I will have to look into it and see how often Obama voted with Bush, is it 0%, 20%, 70%… can a man who gained entrance to the white house really be wrong 100% or even 80% of the time? Additionally, where does McCain rank among all republicans in voting with Bush? Is he at the bottom? showing that he does indeed have the jewels to go against the grain. How often has Obama voted against his party? Until those numbers are available for comparison, I’m not putting any weight on that statistic.

    The real judgement that surprised me however is the one Obama made for VP…Biden? really? I mean, could he have picked anyone more “pro-establishment”? I wonder if Kennedy would have been his first choice had he not gotten sick. For a man chanting “CHANGE” for the last 18 months, its seems the only thing he wants to change is the party holding the exec branch.


  5. I’m also not sure about Obama’s choice of Biden, but if one thing can be said about Obama, he is an astute campaigner for a newb. Whether he was thinking longer term than November with this choice is uncertain, though. One thing that Biden brings to Obama is his reputation for shooting his mouth off – it allows the campaign to play a little dirty while allowing Obama to stay angel-like above the fray. They will be able to say “Oh, there’s ol’ Joe, talkin’ shit again. Course we don’t support that…” It will be interesting to see how that plays out.

    As for Palin, I think it’s a bit too pat to call the choice “maverick”. Just because it wasn’t the most likely call for him to make doesn’t make it courageous or independant. It might still just be a mistake.

    I haven’t given too much credence to the whole maverick label on McCain anyway – it was easy to see that with most of the major votes early in the Bush administration McCain was either onside or onside with minor reservations. Larger differences were too easy for a cynic like me to write off as bitterness after getting Roved in 2000. Since about 2005, there have been very few substantive differences between Bush and McCain to be noteworthy.


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