The Closing Argument on Sarah Palin

While the right is out celebrating the selection of Sarah Palin as McCain’s running mate, ostensibly because Palin is so conservative and the move to select a woman so smart, the fact of her selection speaks to a far more significant issue of whether or not she is ready to be a heartbeat away from the role of Commander in Chief.

It calls into question the very nature of John McCain’s decision making process, and virtually proves he is simply unfit to lead.

The individual issues with Palin are numerous as has been documented here all day long.  The great bloggers over at the Newshoggers have also done well, bringing up their own deluge of faults with the Vice Presidential candidate.  On top of that, our co-blogger Matt, at his own blog, details simply how dangerously out of touch conservative Palin is, taking some conservative orthodoxy, like that of abortion, far beyond the mainstream into a realm of rightwing understanding that Americans are not likely to be comfortable with (abortion is a tough issue, but simply put, having someone who won’t even allow for abortion in the case of incest or rape is not going to be very appealing to key swing voters).

But Jazz Shaw comes in with the key point over at the Moderate Voice.  When it comes to troopergate, what we see is a clear indication that Palin was simply not vetted well enough, if at all.  Think about that for a second.  In the nine hours since Palin’s nomination, despite the fact that she is an unknown, there has been a steady stream of bad coming out about this woman.  Even cursory vetting would have proven sufficient enough to highlight severe troubles with having Palin inhabit the number two spot on the ticket.

It is this more than anything, as Jazz notes, that points to the very real possibility that Palin was indeed a hail mary pass, a decision made in a moment of political panic.  Whether Palin was a good pick or not is not exactly relevant.  What is relevant is the nature of John McCain’s decision making in this instance.

Let that simmer with you for a moment.  At the first sign of trouble, McCain abandoned his game plan and went instead with a high risk maneuver that thus far seems to have some pay off, but is coming with a high cost.

What does that say about how he’ll behave in the realm of foreign policy?  Will he abandon any semblance of a safe and tested plan in favor of a high risk move that will put us and our families in danger?  What about terrorism?  In a McCain administration, I think that this indicates that instead of pursuing a smart and tough anti-terrorism policy, he would engage in a wreckless and reactionary response that would only make us less safe and likely put us in another war.

We can discuss the lack of qualifications for Sarah Palin, and there are plenty, but the biggest problem is that it indicates that John McCain’s temperament and judgement is far below the standards necessary to serve in the Oval Office.

5 Responses to “The Closing Argument on Sarah Palin”

  1. Chet says:

    McCain is showing again that he is just like Bush. McCain has made a gut felling choice that only to him make any sense. If he had checked with others about the idea of picking Palin he just might have understood you do not pick people to fill such important positions without careful consideration. Maybe you should also consider if they are qualified for the job. Our country can not afford the type of leadership shown by McCain.

  2. Mike says:

    “When it comes to troopergate, what we see is a clear indication that Palin was simply not vetted well enough, if at all.”

    Most interesting point, but I am not convinced. Why would you conclude this instead of concluding McCain knew and did not care. I lean toward the latter because it is not a significant issue.

    Similarly, could this be an indication that Pawlenty, Huckabee, Romney, et al were vetted with worse results?

  3. Rascalcat says:

    Very well-written article, and I’ve read a bunch of them this morning. So far they are all missing this little fact. Her high popularity in Alaska. Two reasons: 1. Replaced a crooked and despised former governor. (I know this is a shock in Alaska) and 2. Gave every man, woman, and child, in Alaska, an extra $1200 from the state oil trust fund last year. (Well, duhhh)

    Let’s call her what she is. Dan Quayle-in-a-dress! In fairness to VP Quayle, he only does this himself at home and on the weekends.

  4. Chet, agreed. McCain met Palin once, talked with her on the phone once, and made his decision with having that little knowledge of her. By contrast, Obama and Biden were friends in the senate prior to the start of the presidential campaign, then they campaigned against each other for a year and change, and after that, for the vetting process, Biden was apparently always at the top of the shortlist.

    Mike. Reports came out after this was published that Palin was vetted for a week, by a team of lawyers without even necessarily concurrence with senior McCain staff. No, she was simply not vetted enough to work in the mail room, let alone vice president of the united states.

    Rascal, Thank you very much. You know, I agree with you there. So long as Biden doesn’t say something blatantly offensive, I think he’s going to eviscerate her in the debates, that is assuming that she is still the running mate at the time. At the rate that this roll out is going, I’m hoping for a withdrawl.

  5. Filmrtrak says:

    Sarah Palin is pro life, yet she will leave the raising of her family, including a four month old SPECIAL NEEDS son to someone else? You can’t be the vice president and raise a family simultanously…even Jesus himself didn’t pull off that feat.

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