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Case closed.

Sarah Palin's interviews with Charles Gibson demonstrated, quite conclusively, that she's inexperienced, uninformed, unwilling to stand by her past remarks and, in parroting McCain's standard talking points, far from the independent voice that is critical for being a good vice president. Now it's even more clear that her selection as VP nominee was nothing more than a cynical ploy by John McCain to put a jolt into his moribund campaign and to woo disaffected female supporters of Hillary Clinton. McCain undoubtedly got that jolt he was looking for, as the conservative base appears to love her, though I doubt he'll draw very many who supported Clinton and truly believed in her liberal cause.

Case closed. Palin isn't qualified to be VP, which casts even further doubt on whether John McCain represents the best candidate to lead this country. Now the Obama campaign needs to return its full focus on drawing distinctions between Obama and McCain, and make Palin the afterthought she deserves to be. Every time the Obama campaign focuses on Palin, they play right into McCain's hands. Every time they emphasize Palin they keep her in the public eye, drawing the limelight away from McCain's considerable deficiencies. Every time they obsess over her lack of qualifications, as if that hasn't already been proven already, they help make her a star and fire up the Republican faithful who weren't exactly in love with McCain before he picked his VP nominee.

Memo to Obama: Sarah Palin isn't running for president. John McCain is, and from here on out he has to be the target.

September 13, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink


That fact that the hard right is now invigorated by the McCain team really draws into question is so-called maverick status. He seems to be a party-line favorite now.

Posted by: Paul Lamb at Sep 13, 2008 6:22:17 PM

I view McSame's VP pick with irony: Palin completely undermines his attacks on Obama's experience. But McSame's entire campaign has been a study in contradiction; even Rove thinks he went too far with his ridiculous ads.

I'd like to say that I could sleep easy in the knowledge that McSame will lose--as he rightly should--but voters scare me more than candidates do. I just finished "The Audacity of Hope"--highly recommended and very well-written, by the way--but the fact that the race is so close sobers me up. I wonder if this race will ultimately come down to the undecided voters.

Posted by: Brandon at Sep 16, 2008 2:10:00 AM