McCain VP pick makes the mind wobble
It's alarmingly true that you never know what the hell McCain's going to do or say, and his habit of erratic and sometimes baffling direction changes is well established. The guy's a wild-card, a loose cannon who swerves from this direction to that often for no apparent reason. He touts his judgement, but makes horrible decisions on a regular basis.
Now he's further cemented that erratic reputation in his choice for vice president.
That's pretty much the universal reaction upon hearing that Sen. John McCain has picked a first term governor of Alaska, a mother of 5 who only two years ago was mayor of a tiny town, a virtually unknown woman, as the person who will be a heartbeat away from the presidency.
And with a fossil like McCain, the odds she might actually end up as leader of the free world are not small. The idea that this woman could end up leading America at this dangerous and critical time in history should make any sane person shudder. Obviously, with this pick, McCain decided to toss that serious responsibility out the window.
McCain always tells us he puts country first over political ambitions. But with this pick he shows clearly that as far as the solemn duty to ensure the country is lead by an able leader in case he can't finish his term, McCain clearly put his political ambition ahead of the country's safety and well-being.
McCain has just picked Danielle Quayle as vice president.
One wonders what the hell they were thinking, but not for too long, as the pick is a huge blunder and if that's what they want to do, then fine. Give 'em enough rope, etc.
McCain admits he's clueless about economic matters. Maybe Romney would be good? Nah!
Better pick a virtually unknown governor (I can't remember her name at the moment.)who's currently under ethics investigations for abuse of office, who only two years ago was the mayor of a tiny town in Alaska,and who's considered even further to the right than McCain on social issues.
In making this pick, McCain is making the clear statement that the former mayor of Aledo or Orion is entirely qualified to become President of the United States.
But Obama doesn't have enough experience? Wave bye-bye to that argument.
Kay Bailley Huchinson was talked about. An experienced and respected Senator from Texas. But McCain didn't want any woman that might make him look bad, and reportedly had some personal grudge against Huchinson.
So they thought a woman would be just the thing. And they came up with... whatsername.
Yeah. That's the ticket! (literally.)
Historians will look back at this as the moment where the McCain candidacy officially jumped the tracks.
The McCain camp must have been crapping their collective pants after watching the Dem convention and been so terrified that they made this decision in a panic.
The only rationale for this bizarre pick seems to be a misguided appeal to Hillary supporters. The McCain campaign is apparently so desperate that they feel that his only hope for success is to somehow poach former Hillary supporters. And they were willing to throw away their VP pick on an utterly inexperienced zero as long as she was a female, thinking that's all it would take.
Women, they seem to be saying, are so simple-minded that any woman will satisfy them. Doesn't matter if she's a rabid right winger and supports everything they oppose. Women will be so stupid that they'll vote for a ticket with a woman simply because there's a woman, any woman, on the ballot.
Palin, I guess that's her name, even made a glowing reference to Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro in her comments after being picked, complete with the reference to the female Hillary supporters as "18 million cracks". (Does anyone else cringe every time they hear Hillary or anyone else refer to her female supporters as "cracks"?? Seems like a very unfortunate euphemism.)
This is the typical clueless Republian disrespect for women's intelligence. A simple-minded and stupid view of women voters and Hillary supporters as if they're mindless monolithic dupes who only supported Hillary because she was female, period, not because they fervently believed in her policy positions, causes, and political views.
They cynically believe that unhappy Clinton supporters will blindly vote for McCain on the basis that he has a VP candidate who lacks a Y chromosome, and totally ignoring that she's anti-choice, anti-health care, pro-oil, pro-war, anti-gay and further to the right than McCain himself. Brilliant!
The McCain campaign is trotting out the decidedly icky Heather Wilson, an arch conservative, to defend this pick. When the female reporter asked her if she could really envision this woman as president, Wilson replied, "I'm surprised to hear a woman ask that."
As if all woman should mindlessly believe any woman would automatically be a qualified president. Wilson was amazed that any woman would so much as question whether a complete rookie politician would be a good president. This completely confirms the contempt and simple-minded cynicism with which the Republicans view women voters. (But really, what do you expect when their candidate volunteers his wife for an ass-shaking, simulated sex act contest at a biker rally?)
All I can say is, good luck Republicans. But then again, Republicans live on the belief that you can fool all of the people, all of the time.
All I can say is.... well done, senator. Well done!
Bring on the vice-presidential debate!
Somewhere, Dan Quayle is smiling.
He always knew he'd be redeemed someday.
Waddaya think of McCain's brilliant pick?
This just in from right wing flying monkeys everywhere. Palin is a true HERO because she actually gave birth to a Downs Syndrome baby! Yes, that's right, she's HEROIC for actually bearing a child with a disability!
It's all over for Obama.
And even though this Downs Syndrome baby is still a three month old infant, anyone that dares to wonder how she's going to provide for the child if she's living 2000 miles away in D.C. and vice pres, is a horrible sexist! Why, there's plenty of mothers who have a family and a career! Republicans believe in "family values" and a woman should be able to be a mother and have a career. Anyone questioning how a mother could choose a political position which would require her to essentially abandon her Downs Syndrome infant and make it impossible to provide the care necessary is a horrible person.
Also, if it were a male, no one would question this, so it's not fair.
Breaking news: All liberal/Democratic women abort their Downs Syndrome babies! Every one of them! They all abort children with Downs Syndrome!! All liberals abort babies with disabilities!!!
Palin is a HERO for actually bearing this child! Liberals would have aborted it!!!
This news sure to have a large impact on the election. Or at least right wing idiots who are too stupid to breath.
QUESTION: How many times did McCain meet Palin before making her his V.P.
This was a desperation move, no doubt about it.