Something else about the Palin pick that is not being discussed, but should be. Remember this:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton threw up a roadblock on Sen. Barack Obama’s path to the Democratic presidential nomination by winning the giant Ohio and Texas primaries, NBC News projected Wednesday morning.
“For everyone here in Ohio and across America who’s been counted out and refused to be knocked out, and for everyone who has stumbled but stood right back up, and for everyone who works hard and never gives up, this one is for you,” Clinton said at a raucous rally in Columbus on a night when she took both of the two major prizes on offer.
Clinton, D-N.Y., and Obama, D-Ill., split the smaller Rhode Island and Vermont primaries, according to NBC News .
Delegates to the Democratic National Convention are awarded proportionally, and those numbers will not be available until all returns are in. Going into Tuesday’s balloting, Obama led Clinton by 1,194-1,037, according to NBC News’ count.
Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain of Arizona wrapped up the Republican nomination after he won all four contests, NBC News projected. His only remaining serious rival, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, withdrew from the race Tuesday night.
That was on March 5th. If you remember at the time, part of the animus at the Clinton folks, on top of the fact that they had decided to go sleazy with their kitchen-sink strategy, was that it was pretty clear that Hillary would not overcome the delegate deficit and that all she was going to do was savage Obama while McCain had three months free to do whatever- to fund raise, to campaign, to make the case for himself, to shore up the base, to work on the platform, and, presumably, to begin vetting his running partner.
And the next three entire months did, in fact, see a brutal nomination contest with lots of acrimony between the Obama and Clinton factions, and Obama finally was able to get around to putting together his team to vet candidates, with a minor hiccup around June 10th-1tth regarding the Jim Johnson resignation. His team then had two months to do their work, and from what I can tell, did a great job. So far, there have been no surprises with Biden. Hell, there have been no surprises with any of the front runners.
What, then, did the McCain team do with the extra three months they had to choose their candidate? Beats me, but it sure as hell was not a careful examination of Sarah Palin:
I just got off the phone with the very helpful city clerk at the Wasilla City Clerk’s office, Kristie Smithers, who is pulling some documents for me from when Gov. Sarah Palin was mayor.
I told her I appreciated her help, since I’m sure she’s been bombarded with requests these last few weeks. The clerk’s office keeps all City Council meeting agendas, minutes, legislation, ordinances, etc. She chuckled. Then she told me that I’m the first person who has asked her office for anything.
The evidence is so strong that this was a haphazard, rushed, and incomplete vetting that I don’t even need to argue the case. They can swear up and down that they did a thorough vetting of Palin, but when they had to release the bit about the pregnant daughter because they were about to get the Edwards treatment by the National Enquirer, and when they are just now flying lawyers in a panic to Alaska, and when the close-knit political establishment of Alaska, to a person, state that they were asked nothing about Sarah Palin, you have to realize that we have been down this road before. We have seen this type of reckless nonsense from these clowns before.
This behavior is no different from the reckless abandon with which a certain administration rushed into a war in Iraq, with no plan, with no forethought- shooting from the hip, going with the gut. John McCain had five months to choose and vet his nominee, and he failed to do so. It doesn’t matter if Sarah Palin turns out to be the best person on the planet, this sort of rash and ill-conceived behavior on McCain’s part is not only reckless, it is dangerous.
This country can not survive four more years of this kind of terrible judgment. Compare the behavior and judgment demonstrated by Barack Obama with his choice and John McCain’s choice of an unknown who at this point should be adding extra closets to the Alaska governor’s mansion to hide all the skeletons. Obama spent months getting to know his running mate, McCain talked to his on a phone for 15 minutes, met her maybe another time, and then went on Fox and declared her a soul mate.
Who do you want as Commander In Chief? An intemperate flyboy, or a cautious thinker?
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By the way, I keep hearing and reading the media types tell us that McCain gambled with Palin, but without seeming to internalize what that means. It isn’t just that he gambled the election with his choice, it is that he gambled with the future and the economic and military security of this nation. He didn’t just gamble an election. He gambled your future. Thanks for playing.