It's official. We're now getting confirmation from the Washington Post that the McCain campaign did almost no vetting of Sarah Palin. While Palin was on the long 20 person list, she was not vetted nearly as intensively as the people on the "short list." After reading the Washington Post article, I'm more convinced than ever that Palin's nomination was a snap judgement at the last minute. They did investigate the trooper-gate thing on their own. But there were only two meetings with Palin both the day before she was offered the job. It was in those two last minute interviews that Palin's daughter's - ahem - condition was revealed. But by then, McCain had decided it was down to either Palin or Pawlenty (interestingly, the co-chair of the GOP accidently referred to the "the next vice President of the United States, Governor Sarah Pawlenty"). As I write this, I've got Joe Scarborough on the TV in the background and the consensus on that show is that the McCain campaign is very defensive about the vetting.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
The other thing that is coming out here is that Sarah Palin is so popular among the conservatives that she is overshadowing McCain. Given that McCain's main strength as a candidate is "Hero-he-man-in-charge" this is not good for him. The polls are already showing that McCain has lost the lead to Obama in regards to questions like "Strong and decisive leader." This Palin thing can't win for him. Either people decide that he made a rash, poorly thought out decision and picked an unqualified and scandal ridden running mate or they love Palin and think she's better than McCain on ideological stuff and more dynamic than he is. My guess is that this will energize the religious right somewhat but they'll be thinking the ticket is upside down. And the rest of the country will just think "WTF?"
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 5:10 AM