Thursday, December 18, 2008
Not too long ago, John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, signaling that she was the most qualified individual to take over as president if need be. What impressed him so much? Was it her knowledge of Supreme Court cases? Her expertise on Russia due to its proximity to Alaska? Her familiarity with today's leading periodicals? Her incisive commentary on the Bush doctrine? Surely when McCain vetted her, he must have been impressed by the breadth of her knowledge on these and other issues.
Yet when asked by ABC's George Stephanopoulos whether he would endorse Palin were she to run in 2012, McCain stated, "...I can't say something like that. We've got some great other young governors..." The interview proceeded:
Stephanopoulos: But why not? Six months ago you thought she was the best person to succeed you if something should happen to you.
McCain: Sure, but now we're in a whole... election cycle. Have no doubt of my admiration and respect for her and my view of her viability, but at this stage, again...my corpse is still warm.
What is meant by that bizarre last comment? That he has enough mental faculties remaining to realize what a blunder he made by choosing her?