Headlines across the internet yesterday indicated McCain thought Sarah Palin was a better choice than Mitt Romney. Obviously McCain thought Sarah Palin was a better choice in 2008, because he picked her over Romney, Leiberman, or hundreds of other choices. McCain responded to the reports to explain that “clearly I said and meant that she was the best fit for our campaign.” What McCain really meant to say was not that Palin was competent, qualified, educated, or experienced. What he meant to say was that he wanted to select a pretty woman with a lot of kids, and Sarah Palin fit that profile. Romney has a lot of kids too. However he was Mormon, he has testicles instead of ovaries. He too had good hair. But his wink, and the licking of his lips was not nearly as sensual as Palin’s . He hadn’t won a beauty pageant, and he didn’t have a special needs child. Romney has an attractive spouse, but she wasn’t called the “First Dudess.” When she said she was a stay at home mom, she really stayed at home to raise her kids. Ann didn’t ride snowmobiles, fish for months at a time, work on a drilling rig for weeks at a time, build houses while hockey centers were being constructed out of the same building materials, build fences to keep neighbors away, and all of her body parts are the same color. Obviously McCain chose the more attractive candidate in 2008 to be his Vice-Presidential running mate.
The amazing thing is that now, after more than three years, McCain still can’t admit that he made the most terrifying mistake ever made in politics in America.
After the Katie Couric Interviews,
the Paul Revere fiasco,
the North Korean ally comment,
building dikes to solve the Gulf Oil spill,
and the fact that Palin claimed to be the victim of a “Blood-libel” after the Arizona shootings,
most people would think that McCain would have to acknowledge his mistake. Certainly after the Steve Schmidt interview, and the premiere of Game Change, the book, and the movie
it would surprise most that McCain could still suggest that Palin was an appropriate pick.
We thought McCain had recognized and would admit his mistake when he refused to endorse Palin in December of 2008. He said:
“I can’t say something like that. We’ve got some great other young governors. I think you’re going to see the governors assume a greater leadership role in our Republican Party.”
More recently, we were laughing with McCain at the idea of Romney, or anyone, picking Palin as his running mate.
Now instead of admitting this unimaginable mistake, McCain says that Palin was the “best choice” in 2008 for his Vice Presidential running mate. The outrage is palpable, and not because McCain is suggesting that Palin was a better choice than Mitt Romney. The comment is outrageous because it is hard to imagine that Palin was a better choice than ANYONE! The suggestion is that anybody, regardless of how dangerous to the country, may be a good choice for a Vice Presidential running mate, if it is perceived that he or she will energize the base of the Republican Party. From the ranting of the Tea Party “patriots” we can imagine that Erich Gliebe might energize the base. He is the white separatist leader of the National Alliance, which is a white supremacist, anti-semitic, white nationalist political organization. While Erich Gliebe is not known for his winks or tongue flicks, he was a professional boxer and boxed under the moniker of “The Aryan Barbarian.” The same people who donate thousands of dollars to the defense fund of George Zimmerman would donate to the campaign of Mr. Gliebe. If the test is who is the best known candidate, Charlie Sheen may be a good choice, and he actually surpassed Palin in polls with independent voters.
If the test is who will energize the base, or has the most recognized name, the future of the Republican party is dismal. Surely, if the Republican Party has learned anything from the pick of Sarah Palin, it is that the first criterion for any candidate for the second-highest office in the country, must be that they are qualified. With so much speculation about the identity of Romney’s pick, surely he will realize that the unimaginable mistake of John McCain should never be repeated by anyone seeking office. Surely Romney will realize that his choice of Vice Presidential candidates must be based upon the candidate’s qualifications for the job, and not which candidate will appeal to the most uneducated voters.