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In the 2000 primaries, the right wing of the Republican Party so badly damaged the electoral prospects of John McCain with smears, lies, and distortions that it cost him the Presidency at a time when he might actually have done a fair job.

I would not have voted for him then -- I wanted Al Gore -- but I think I could have tolerated the 2000 version of a McCain Presidency if it had happened. I know I would have tolerated it better than the anti-Constitutional cabal that displaced him.

Many Democrats, myself included, have watched in amazement and disgust as this relatively benign Republican morphed from a straight-talking maverick in 2000 into a 2008 ideological sycophant in league with the very Neocons and Theocons who once destroyed him.

What happened?

We here are used to being cynical analysts of the motives and deeds Republican politicians -- we tend to see them in a purely sinister light -- but McCain's transformation felt somehow hurtful to me.

Was I really that naive about him in 2000? Or was I right all along, and is something else going on?

Except on the rarest of occasions, politicians are creatures who act in their own self-interest. I wish that were different, but it's true.

His choice of Sarah Palin as Vice President is mystifying to me. It undercuts all of his core electoral arguments. It's not in his own self-interest. It's as if he wants to lose.

The timing of the decision is particularly curious to me, too. It seems that he was all set to choose either Romney or Pawlenty, and was just waiting for Obama to finish his acceptance speech to announce his decision.

But then... Obama spoke.

And when Obama spoke, McCain knew that he would never be President of the United States... ever... and McCain became angry.

And as the anger rose within him, he decided to take his revenge on the people who denied him his page in the history books.

Damn the consequences to himself: He would destroy those who destroyed him.

In the middle of the night, McCain sent Romney and Pawlenty packing; he called in Palin. Perhaps he thought to himself: Be careful what you wish for, you right wing assholes, you just might get it.

Could John McCain ever make such an angry and impulsive decision?
Of course. Just ask his Republican colleagues in the Senate.

I think Palin is McCain's attempt to destroy the right wing of the Republican Party.

And if I'm right, it would actually make me respect him -- just a little -- once again.

Originally posted to Jimdotz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 12:39 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips for the sweetness of Revenge. (8+ / 0-)

    We the People ordained our Government to promote our General Welfare;
    If We the People want Health Care for All, Government should provide it.

    by Jimdotz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 12:39:55 PM PDT

    •  I'm not sure how (2+ / 0-)
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      mariva, Jimdotz
      she destroys the right wing of his party since her choice appears to be a desperate groveling pander to them.

      We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

      by anastasia p on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:02:01 PM PDT

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      •  The long-term lesson of her selection... (1+ / 0-)
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        roxtar

        will be that appeasing the Right Wing does NOT win elections. They got what they wanted, rather than choosing Tom Ridge, and they blew it.

        It will end the stranglehold of the anti-choicers have on the GOP.

        We the People ordained our Government to promote our General Welfare;
        If We the People want Health Care for All, Government should provide it.

        by Jimdotz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:13:40 PM PDT

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    •  No, there's a rationale for the choice (2+ / 0-)
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      mariva, Jimdotz

      He was pissed about not being allowed to choose Lieberman; he didn't want to choose the other main three; but there was a clear rationale for choosing Palin, and it's not punishing the right-wing.  She can conceivably help him win if the cards fall right.  She takes the sails out of the effectiveness of the Biden choice for the VP debate, she puts emphasis on oil drilling, etc.  She should also undercut most of his arguments about Obama, but people here seem afraid to discuss "experience."

      John McCain's Court will overturn Roe; don't kid yourself.

      by Seneca Doane on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:03:58 PM PDT

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      •  The Christianists (1+ / 0-)
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        Jimdotz

        are the only one that like her. This just upped her stock regardless, unless she gets dumped by Friday.

        We will fight. We will win. This machine kills fascists.

        by Elvis meets Nixon on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:06:27 PM PDT

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        •  The timing convinced me... (0+ / 0-)

          Obama is going to win. McCain knows that, so he set up his enemies to take the hit.

          We the People ordained our Government to promote our General Welfare;
          If We the People want Health Care for All, Government should provide it.

          by Jimdotz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:16:10 PM PDT

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          •  picked before Obama spoke (2+ / 0-)
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            Jimdotz, Seneca Doane

            so I am not sure the timeline supports the gist of your argument, unless you think that even before Obaa's boffo performance McCain was thinking he could not win.

            She does motivate wingnut base, but remember - they provide much of the ground game for republicans, and if they remained neutral to McCain he had no chance.

            I think it is a bad choice, but there is a political rationale to it

            do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

            by teacherken on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:58:25 PM PDT

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      •  palin is limbaugh in a skirt (2+ / 0-)
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        sillia, Jimdotz

        yes, i don't think it was a mccain revenge pick. limbaugh and hannity immediately hailed palin as a brilliant pick. she was announced in time for limbaugh's fri show.  it was coordinated with limbaugh. that means it was likely a rove pick.

        limbaugh has been flip flopping to except mccain, something he said he could never do, and mccain has ben flip flopping to limbaugh. on friday this brilliant pick for VP caused limbaugh to officially endorse mccain, saying he's the candidate anyway and america can't afford obama.

        the talk radio monopoly is critical to the GOP and palin will be cordinated to build on whatever talking points the GOP launders through our local radio stations.

  •  a divided RNC (3+ / 0-)
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    Vicky, Jimdotz, nolakohler

    Obviously John thinks Sarah is more qualified than Mitt or Tim and the others.

    •  That's just it... (2+ / 0-)
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      nolakohler, the3Cs

      McCain knows damn well that Palin is not truly qualified. And the choice undercuts the same argument against Obama.

      We the People ordained our Government to promote our General Welfare;
      If We the People want Health Care for All, Government should provide it.

      by Jimdotz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 12:43:18 PM PDT

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      •  but palin pick was coordinated with limbaugh (1+ / 0-)
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        Jimdotz

        the pick was announced just before limbaugh came on and he immediately hailed it as brilliant and used it this excuse to finally endorse mccain, saying mccain is the cadidate and america can't afford obama. limbaugh's immediate acceptance of the pick and endosement of mccain suggests to me that palin is meant to solidify the base and reinforce the GOP/talk radio talking points. with her simple certitude she fits nicely to be limbaugh in a skirt and bring the base together.

    •  respectfully disagree (5+ / 0-)

      John does not think she is more qualified.
      John is doing what he's been told.   He's been abused by these bastards and he's afraid to cross them.
      He's regressed to his days of physical imprisonment and is now mentally and emotionally imprisoned.
      I see a clown dressed as an organ grinder, and he's holding a chain with Ms Palin, dancing to the tune ground out.       That chain was handed to him and he's dutifully holding on, unquestioning.

      •  let me be more direct (3+ / 0-)

        My point is that a divided GOP is a good thing. Selecting Sarah has disenfranchisd Mitts voters

      •  I have thought that, too... (2+ / 0-)
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        homogenius, ballerina X

        but if that were true, his masters would have had him groom a viable successor candidate like Romney or Pawlenty, not another hopeless, hapless, Dan Quayle like Palin.

        We the People ordained our Government to promote our General Welfare;
        If We the People want Health Care for All, Government should provide it.

        by Jimdotz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 12:50:00 PM PDT

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        •  OTOH, it's pure Rove-- (7+ / 0-)

          What better to have in the wings than a female version of W--someone vapid and malleable. So who do they have waiting in the wings if McCain croaks and she becomes president--who is the next Cheney?

          Three words that would strike fear in the hearts of decent people--"Vice President Gingrich".

          "Troll-be-gone...apply directly to the asshole. Troll-be-gone...apply directly to the asshole."

          by homogenius on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 12:53:51 PM PDT

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          •  That's what I think. (4+ / 0-)

            A cold, political calculation that is made to meet short-term goals that have nothing to do with the actual business of government - that is the signature of Karl Rove's particular brand of politicking.

            •  Then why was Rove (2+ / 0-)
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              completely going in another direction?

              Oh right, he's so fiendish and all-powerfully brilkliant that he TRCIKED us and was the mastermind behind the appalling and likely destructive choice of Palin.

              Can we get over our deification of Karl Rove laready?

              We're retiring Steve LaTourette (R-Family Values for You But Not for Me) and sending Judge Bill O'Neill to Congress from Ohio-14: http://www.oneill08.com/

              by anastasia p on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:04:04 PM PDT

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              •  I don't know what role Rove played in this (2+ / 0-)
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                homogenius, Jimdotz

                decision and I don't really think you know what direction he was going in - mostly because the guy is a spinner.  Karl Rove - just like every other political flack in this country - is not going to tell you anything other than what he thinks you want to hear.  That's point one.

                Point two about Rove being "all-powerfully brilliant" is not at all what I was saying.  I said that he has a signature style in his political dealings which is to take decisions through a  purely political lens and that those decisions rarely take into consideration the actual business of government.  He is a win at all costs kind of guy.  He doesn't give a damn what gets destroyed in the path to his victory as long as he gets the win in his column.

                Personally, I think that makes him quite stupid in my book.  Brilliant people tend not to do things like get caught screwing around with the Department of Justice and outting CIA agents and causing all kinds of serious trouble for their bosses.

              •  Rove is exactly McCain's target... (0+ / 0-)

                Rove brought him down, so he's bringing down Rove's machine.

                We the People ordained our Government to promote our General Welfare;
                If We the People want Health Care for All, Government should provide it.

                by Jimdotz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:17:50 PM PDT

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              •  repeated lying to 60MIL on radio made rove (1+ / 0-)
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                Jimdotz

                effective. and limbaugh and hannity's immediate and  unconditional acceptance of palin, calling it brilliant, suggests this was not a mccain pick.

                limbaugh even used the occasion to make the final flip flop to endorse mccain on his friday show within an hour of the leaking it  was palin.

  •  Or a way for Republicans to hold on to (3+ / 0-)

    Evangelical voters for future elections.  I wonder if the Republicans know they're going to lose this one, but want to keep their base consolidated for 2012.

    •  Its a way to get the evangelical base (4+ / 0-)

      to the polls, which they wouldn't have, if McCain had picked Romney, Lieberman or Pawlenty.

      By the way, I ascribe the the fact that the Palin pick should not be dismissed. I think it was a Rovian pick, and a smart one.

      Obama and Biden need to play this one carefully. Evangelicals see her as the future of the party. See my sig below.

      Its all bout the future, not the past. Time to move!

      by Fe Bongolan on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 12:48:30 PM PDT

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      •  But it also loses him the independents, (3+ / 0-)

        or at least I think it does.  I agree that it's a Rovian pick, but the only way it makes sense to me is in terms of a long-term strategery.  I just think it peels off too many of the pragmatic centrist voters.

      •  Look at today's Rasmussen numbers: (2+ / 0-)
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        Women aren't buying it. They are badly turned off by this decision. A Rove would have known that was coming.

        We the People ordained our Government to promote our General Welfare;
        If We the People want Health Care for All, Government should provide it.

        by Jimdotz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 12:55:52 PM PDT

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        •  Turd Fucker (1+ / 0-)
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          Jimdotz

          Doesn't "know" jack shit.  His demonstrated lack of ability to make accurate predication contraindicates actual "understanding".....his only "genius" is finding ways to manipulate simple minded authoritarian automatons, and otherwise finding the slimiest possible way to potentially win, and then doing it.......and I hope to see him hanging high with feet dangling before it's all over with.

          V V

    •  The base is going to be all that is left (3+ / 0-)
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      I'll be floored if they don't end up losing huge portions of their fiscal conservative/national security base over this pick.  They'll either vote Obama or stay home.  The the Republican Party is going to either die a painful death or cut off the fundies for good.

      Never give up! Never surrender!

      by oscarsmom on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 12:58:46 PM PDT

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      •  Actually, I think the GOP is dying... (1+ / 0-)
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        oscarsmom

        and if the Libertarians play it right, they could become America's second party. And if they can align themselves with more service-oriented evangelicals, rather than moralists, it could be an attractive, viable coalition, leaving the skeleton of the GOP to the anti-choicers.

        We the People ordained our Government to promote our General Welfare;
        If We the People want Health Care for All, Government should provide it.

        by Jimdotz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:22:12 PM PDT

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  •  A great story, well-told, Jim Dotz. (4+ / 0-)

    I love it! and maybe you're right too.

  •  given that Palin's Wikipedia (6+ / 0-)

    article was scrubbed before Obama spoke, this decision was made last week. It was made by Rove & co. and fits with the overarching neocon philosophy that gov't cannot work which is demonstrated by by doing all they can to put forward half-ass idologues w/out qualifications for serious jobs. No, McCain stopped controlling anything about the campaign about 5 weeks ago.

    We will fight. We will win. This machine kills fascists.

    by Elvis meets Nixon on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 12:47:40 PM PDT

  •  Me thinks.. (2+ / 0-)
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    Jimdotz, doc superdog

    You are on to something here. Let's see if this ticket even makes it to the election. I see McCain taking he's plane and going home.

    BTW. Remember when Rev. Wright got goofy on us and Obama quit his church? Not a peep from Wright since then. I was convinced then and now that Wright thew himself under the bus.

    Perhaps McCain has just given him some company!

  •  oooh mavercky strategery ... could be n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Jimdotz

    Secret Agent fairy Princess twirling about performing acts of graceful espionage

    by ballerina X on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 12:49:21 PM PDT

  •  I have certainly wondered about this. (3+ / 0-)
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    Jimdotz, ballerina X, doc superdog

    Ultimately, I think it was an impulsive move. Even if he didn't mean it as a fuck you to the right, it may serve that unwitting purpose.

    How sweet it is!

    I'd like to be a fly on the wall in some of the back rooms of the RNC convention this week! Oh sure, they'll be behind McCain/Palin in public, but I'd love to know what some of them really think. I suspect the descriptions of McCain may be quite...colorful. LOL

    "Troll-be-gone...apply directly to the asshole. Troll-be-gone...apply directly to the asshole."

    by homogenius on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 12:50:17 PM PDT

    •  It was clearly impulsive (1+ / 0-)
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      homogenius

      because they obviously did not even TRY to vet her!  Probably didn't even Wiki her!!

      Never give up! Never surrender!

      by oscarsmom on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 03:59:36 PM PDT

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    •  impulsive, YES (1+ / 0-)
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      homogenius

      Recently I read about how much McCain likes to play craps. Apparently he's addicted to it and gambles thousands of $$ at a time (well, he can afford to). I think that gives an insight into his character. Craps is purely a game of chance, hey, roll the dice, see what happens.

      [-5.50, -8.05] and in good company. FreeRice level: 50 (good guesser)

      by sillia on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 04:29:21 PM PDT

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  •  This VP pick is "mystifying" to me too. (2+ / 0-)
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    Jimdotz, ballerina X

    You may be right in your assessment.  Nevertheless, nothing about this VP pick makes any sense to me.

    The best I can figure out is that McCain is in such bad shape that he's willing to try anything to change the dynamics in his favor.

    If so, this won't work.  It'll work about as well as Mondale's VP pick did for him back in the 80's, or worse.

  •  Doubtful. (3+ / 0-)
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    Jimdotz, NotGeorgeWill, doc superdog

    I don't think he would fall on his own sword to prove a point about his party.

    I think he just thinks Palin offers him a way to win.

    She might well do that too.

    I think she hurts him, but I could easily be wrong.

    •  He's already dead to the Presidency... (0+ / 0-)

      he might as well spit in their faces with his dying breath.

      Think Khan from Star Trek.

      We the People ordained our Government to promote our General Welfare;
      If We the People want Health Care for All, Government should provide it.

      by Jimdotz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:28:52 PM PDT

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  •  What does Palin Say... About McCain....? (1+ / 0-)
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    Jimdotz

    The fact that McCain picked Palin says a few things about him:

    1. He doesn't consider that he will die in office, and so the V.P. position is not really an important position.
    1. He doesn't have any respect for the V.P. position--Constitutionally or in any manner.
    1. He doesn't think that there are any real problems in the U.S. that need to be addressed this next term.
    1. He thinks women are idiots, and that they will vote for Palin and not even realize that McCain is against even equal pay for equal work.
    1. He thinks that his POW status covers all and will be an excuse for all.
    1. He thinks that Democrats will attack Palin, rather than attack McCain for putting her in a position to which she is not qualified.
    1. He likes to to use people for political gain and for his own purpose--McRomney, McPalenty, and McLieberman...all used...so he could pick Palin.
    1. He thinks that the future of the United States in the singular most important pick that he has before becoming President is as important as shooting from the hip--cowboy time.
    1. John...is an idiot.
  •  I think you give him WAY too much credit (4+ / 0-)

    It's obvious what happened.  The religious right handed him a list of acceptable candidates, and via process of elimination they ended up with her.  They are still pulling the strings of the Republican party and this time it is going to destroy them for good.  I am REVELING in the schadenfreude.

    Never give up! Never surrender!

    by oscarsmom on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 12:57:13 PM PDT

  •  Exactly the Opposite (4+ / 0-)

    Palin is McCain's gift to the right. She will mobilize the Evangelical base like no other candidate could. She supports banning abortions even in the case of rape or incest. She is their dream candidate.

    Picking Palin signal's McCain's total surrender to the "forces of intolerance" that he once complained about.

    •  creationist, antichoice, (1+ / 0-)
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      Jimdotz

      global-warming denying, fundie loving, intellectual lightweight, govenor of an oil state, HMMMMMM, just might be a christianist pick. (Bush-lite). -Was she a cheerleader ever?

      We will fight. We will win. This machine kills fascists.

      by Elvis meets Nixon on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:02:07 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, she is their dream candidate... (0+ / 0-)

      and when McCain-Palin loses, he can blame it on the right.

      We the People ordained our Government to promote our General Welfare;
      If We the People want Health Care for All, Government should provide it.

      by Jimdotz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:31:06 PM PDT

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  •  McCain's pick is an attempt to destroy America (3+ / 0-)
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    not the GOP.

    •  Sorry, I reject McCain's policies, but... (0+ / 0-)

      I do not demonize the man. He believes he is serving the country, and now that he knows he can't win the White House, he'll serve the country by destroying Rove.

      We the People ordained our Government to promote our General Welfare;
      If We the People want Health Care for All, Government should provide it.

      by Jimdotz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:33:19 PM PDT

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      •  personally, I don't think (0+ / 0-)

        you have any better handle on what "Insane" McCain really believes than I do.

        Though I regard the concept that he honestly believes he's serving America as the least likely of the possible alternatives.

        Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

        by alizard on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 02:50:21 PM PDT

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      •  I'm sure that McCain has convinced . . . (1+ / 0-)
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        Jimdotz

        himself that his motives are noble.  That's McCain though.

        The reaction of most observers who are not social conservatives has been: "Wow, this is an absolutely reckless choice".

        Even the Washington Post editorial page -- which might have backed McCain over Obama if he'd picked Lieberman -- was fairly befuddled by the choice.

        Effectively a Palin presidency would be a disaster for America, so I'm fairly comfortable saying that McCain's selection does not have America's best interests in mind.  At a certain point there is honest disagreement.  Where is the disagreement over a choice like this one?  A Governor with absolutely no foreign policy experience who is a heart-beat away from the presidency?  

        That's just nuts.

  •  I don't think so (4+ / 0-)

    I think McCain's integrity vanished long ago. He picked Palin because he knew neither Pawlenty or Romney would generate big headlines, and he wanted to be  the golden one for at least a little bit.
    All day long the pundits on every network were falling all over themselves to tell us what a "Brilliant!" pick Palin was.
    I also think McCain is shallow and stupid enough to believe that picking Palin will genuinely make it easier for him to capture those highley coveted disgruntled Clinton supporters. He thinks that since she's female, that pretty much covers him on "women's issues" and now all those Clinton boosters will flock to him.
    Once upon a time I too had some respect for McCain, but he has proven with this pick that he is no longer about serving his country, he's only about serving himself.

  •  He (2+ / 0-)
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    may actually think that Palin will cover the bases he needs to cover, women, esp Hillary supporters and the Evangelical right. Plus, she is pro-drilling and will argue for why we need to "Drill here, drill now."

    He's missing some brain cells though if he thinks Hillary's supporters can be swayed with just any woman, esp one that opposes everything Hillary has fought for.

    •  All of the above (1+ / 0-)
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      Jimdotz

      and a Hail Mary pass.

      He had to choose before the convention. Friday was the opotimal day to interfere with the onslaught of Obama-Biden.

      "Statistics are people with the tears washed away." Sociologist Ruth Sidel

      by Vicky on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:26:51 PM PDT

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  •  what a devious and delicous idea (2+ / 0-)
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    Jimdotz, doc superdog

    Even though deep down I think the Palin pick is more of grasping at straws, then it is an attempt to sink the Republican ship.

    People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election - Otto von Bismarck

    by cosmopolitan banshee on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:13:35 PM PDT

  •  Interesting angle, but (1+ / 0-)
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    Jimdotz

    IMO  1) McCain is too egotistical to not at least give it his best shot, and

    1. given his incoherent ramblings of late, I think he may have lost his ability to look ahead and plan it out that way.

    My Karma just ran over your Dogma

    by FoundingFatherDAR on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:30:01 PM PDT

    •  I think McCain gave it his best shot... (0+ / 0-)

      but knows that he just can't beat Obama, who has all the issues behind him and has already defeated the most powerful political machine in the Democratic Party.

      We the People ordained our Government to promote our General Welfare;
      If We the People want Health Care for All, Government should provide it.

      by Jimdotz on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:36:30 PM PDT

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  •  McSame isn't that smart (1+ / 0-)
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    Jimdotz

    Oh, he's smart enough to know that he's going down hard in Novenber.  But do you really think he's smart enough to tell the GOP:

    "Here's the titular head of your party in 2012....a tongue speaking, under-educated Pentecostal with no qualifications to lead the country, except for a strong and abiding belief that even birth-control is the moral equivalent of a late term abortion.  Let me know how that works out for ya', fellas."

    He's not that smart, but I'm liking that scenario a lot!

    "Obama's gonna be president, and there's not a goddamn thing you can do about it. How's that feel?" - Fishgrease

    by roxtar on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 01:57:22 PM PDT

  •  I think it far more likely that (1+ / 0-)
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    Palin is "Insane" McCain's attempt to get wingnut leadership enthusiastically on board for a future Religious Right extremist in the White House. Chances are, if an "Insane"-Palin ticket is elected, she'll wind up serving most of McCain's term, even if her 'friends' don't decide to help McCain out of the White House. So what's the cost of a few whispers to that effect from "Insane's" insiders?

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    by alizard on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 02:23:02 PM PDT

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      has really been honest enough with himself to realize that his odds on living out a full 4 year term in the White House suck to the point where if he gets elected, he'll probably get notices of policy cancellation from any private insurance company he's got a policy with is an interesting and open question.

      Suffice it to say that whether McCain's faced up to this, I'm sure every high-level member of the corrupt, venal bunch of thugs has done so, and their pick is intended to generate them continued opportunities to steal if they can get her into the White House.

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      by alizard on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 02:55:04 PM PDT

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