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I'm a long time reader, and am thrilled, after lots of hesitation, to present my first diary.

I live in Chicago (just a bit down the road from georgia10), and am struck by the parallels between our State and the National GOP when it comes to skill at picking candidates.

Four years ago, our State GOP was frantic to find a candidate to run against Obama.  Bill Maher, in one of his best all-time jokes, described their dilemma:

"You've got to feel sorry for the Republican Party.

First, they couldn't find Osama Bin Laden.

Then, they couldn't find weapons of mass destruction.

Now, they can't find a black man in Chicago."

So they didn't care WHO they found, as long as the candidate was African-American.  Hence, Alan Keyes carpetbagged his way onto the Illinois ballot against Obama.

Now, four years later, trickling with flop sweat, McCain decides he HAS to have a female.  Doesn't matter who, doesn't matter that she's under investigation, doesn't matter that she's lighter than Dan Quayle in flubber shoes.

McCain's most important decision reeks of desperation, yet gives all of America a taste of the pathetic, irrational leadership decisions he would make as President.

Originally posted to bearwoody on Fri Aug 29, 2008 at 03:39 PM PDT.

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