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Hardly something out of a "Commander in Chief" playbook (if that thing really exists!). The LA Times reports tonight what we all knew in the blogosphere: that the McCain campaign had just a "knee jerk reaction" in the election of Sarah Palin as a VP nominee.

First the appetizer:

"I really hope McCain did his homework," said David Frum, a former speechwriter for President Bush. "I cannot stifle a growing sense of unease that he didn't."

Then the main dish:

"One Republican strategist with close ties to the campaign described the candidate's closest supporters as "keeping their fingers crossed" in hopes that additional information does not force McCain to revisit the decision."

Now the dessert:

"McCain team used little more than a Google Internet search as part of a rushed effort to review Palin's potential pitfalls."

Whole article here:

I feel like the McCain campaign, rushing to publish this diary, but something to point out: some people just does not learn from past mistakes (McGovern anyone?). Very sad, but scary. These people cannot even come close to the White House. I love this country too much to let that happen.

Originally posted to pappo on Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 11:38 PM PDT.

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  •  Everyone, this is a must read and a must click (15+ / 0-)

    give the article traffic so it gets to the top of the list

    "hookers and blow"

    by robertacker13 on Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 11:41:20 PM PDT

    •  Yahoo News headline: Heat is on Palin, McCain (1+ / 0-)
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      ---the story's from Liz Sidoti of AP, of all places. After a  lead-in on the teen pregnancy, Sidoti piles it on:

      It was also revealed Monday that an attorney had been hired to represent Palin in a state ethics probe and that her husband, Todd, had been arrested for drunken driving two decades ago. The man who led McCain's vice presidential search team said he thought everything that came up as a possible red flag during the background check had now been made public.

      (0+ / 0-), (0+ / 0-), it's off to kos I go...

      by doorguy on Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 11:54:29 PM PDT

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      •  Every possible red flag? (0+ / 0-)

        Doubt that very much.

        Stephanopoulos said earlier today: "The Big Question... What Else Don’t We Know About Governor Palin"

        And that translates as :
        "We have some rather juicy bits in the pipeline, and we are just finishing off the work on making the story more solid before we tell you. Tune in again tomorrow."

        Remember: we are the ones we have been waiting for. Now do something: donate, organize, GOTV, investigate or spread the word

        by Calouste on Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 01:19:51 AM PDT

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    •  You know what's so offensive about all this (11+ / 0-)

      is that for weeks leading up to Obama's veep pick, we kept hearing about how this was the most important decision a candidate could make, because it's their lone opportunity to make a judicious executive determination, to soberly assess the facts and then make a choice -- in the same way that a President would appoint a cabinet.

      And the klieg lights of attention were focused on Obama to see if he would do the right thing. If he screwed up, we were told, it was game over!

      By contrast, we were supposed to take as a matter of faith the idea that McCain, with his years of experience, would be good at this sort of thing.

      And now, we're finding that he devoted the same care to this decision as the guy who impulse-buys that red Corvette on the way home from work, putting that sucker on the installment plan, though he knows his paycheck can't sustain it.

      Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of nonthought. -- Milan Kundera

      by Dale on Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 12:19:28 AM PDT

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  •  They must notta googles Levis myspace. (4+ / 0-)
  •  HAHAHAHAHA! (2+ / 0-)
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    LithiumCola, LeftyAce

    This gets better and better.

    "I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear, that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States..."

    by dlh77489 on Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 11:42:05 PM PDT

  •  wow... (2+ / 0-)
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    LithiumCola, dlh77489

    keeping their fingers crossed??  How "Presidential"!!!

  •  McSame's 'crossing fingers' strategy (4+ / 0-)

    has a noble pedigree. Sun-Tzu's The Art of War mentions it on page 21, and Machiavelli devoted a whole subchapter to it in The Prince, although he refers to it as 'holding your nose."

    I think Hitler wrote about it in Mien Kampf, I'll go check my Cliff Notes.

    (0+ / 0-), (0+ / 0-), it's off to kos I go...

    by doorguy on Mon Sep 01, 2008 at 11:46:30 PM PDT

  •  Somehow, this repeated claim (14+ / 0-)

    pisses me off more than anything else:

    McCain's wife, Cindy, told an interviewer over the weekend that Alaska's proximity to Russia bolstered Palin's credentials,

    This is just so stupid -- such deliberate, insulting bullshit -- that it just BILLBOARDS a lack of seriousness about precisely the issue McCain makes his money by allegedly knowing most about.

    It's a complete joke.  The fact that the McCains are not simply laughed off of stage by both the Republican Party and the media for this is a severe indictment of both.

  •  So, they're "crossing the fingers" now... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...too bad for them they didn't bother "dotting the 'i's and crossing the 't's" before McCainiac made his choice!

  •  changed the entire campaign (0+ / 0-)

    they dont really know how to attack Obama yet

    the news just gets worst by the minute

    Bush is going to speak at the convention tomorrow

    i guessing because he saw the crowd clap for laura bush for like 10 minutes want

    weed is legal in amsterdam

    by MrPresidentObama09 on Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 12:13:40 AM PDT

  •  Palin is such an unknown that we have no idea (4+ / 0-)

    how she would react in a crisis and worse neither does McCain. Literally no idea.
    IMHO, this decision not only disqualifies him for the presidency, it begs the question; is he competent to continue serving as a U.S. Senator.  
    This decision is far worse than it appears on the surface. It's far worse than handing a child a loaded weapon or putting an unstable person in a missile silo, this is potentially jeopardizing the safety of the entire nation, on a whim.  

    "When the powerful say that the price was worth the blood and treasure, you can bet your ass it wasn't their blood, nor their treasure."

    by sceptical observer on Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 12:38:47 AM PDT

  •  You missed the best nugget! (1+ / 0-)
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    princess k

    According to this Republican, who would discuss internal campaign strategizing only on condition of anonymity, the McCain team used little more than a Google Internet search as part of a rushed effort to review Palin's potential pitfalls. Just over a week ago, Palin was not on McCain's short list of potential running mates, the Republican said.

    Anonymous source-- which sucks-- but that directly contradicts McCain's own statements about the vetting process. He needs to be asked about this because, if true, he not only made a hasty pick, he lied about it afterwards.

    The goal is not to bring your adversaries to their knees but to their senses. -- Mahatma Gandhi

    by kingubu on Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 12:46:56 AM PDT

    •  either way it works to our advantage (1+ / 0-)
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      if mccain did vet her and know everything (so not true, obviously), that he should still choose her as VP would be a serious indictment on his ability to judge and make decisions rationally.  

      if mccain lied and really didn't know anything other than the basic google search, thus picking her rashly, his judgment is still awful - and moreover, incredibly reckless. (that sounds more like him.)

      either way, he's screwed.  if this were chess, i would say the obama campaign is thinking: check.  

      •  I think its even worse than it appears. (1+ / 0-)
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        As Josh points out over at TPM, the usual parade of willing GOP/conservative media surrogates who would normally be stepping up to the cameras to repeat the pro-Palin talking points (no matter how underqualified or scandal-plagued she was in reality) are notably absent. This suggests to me that there's either massive panic or a firefight going on behind the scenes.

        Even McCain's senior staff are in the weeds:


        The goal is not to bring your adversaries to their knees but to their senses. -- Mahatma Gandhi

        by kingubu on Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 01:06:08 AM PDT

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  •  I read the piece on la times intresting to say (0+ / 0-)

    least; good read. Thanks for rec. and posting.

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