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McCain just lost the election

Posted by Bill Nance on August 30, 2008

You know you’ve just blown it as a Republican candidate for president when some of the most strident members of your own party, people who support George Bush to this day, call your first serious presidential decision reckless and irresponsible.

“The McCain campaign is reveling in the fact that Palin is a game changer. But why a game changer when you’ve been gaining? To gratuitously undercut the remarkably successful “Is he ready to lead” line of attack seems near suicidal.” –Charles Krauthammer, Fox News commentator in The Washington Post

“Palin has been governor for about two minutes. Thanks to McCain’s decision, Palin could be commander-in-chief next year. That may strike people as a reckless choice; it strikes me that way. And McCain’s age raised the stakes on this issue.

As a political matter, it undercuts the case against Obama. Conservatives are pointing out that it is tricky for the Obama campaign to raise the issue of her inexperience given his own, and note that the presidency matters more than the vice-presidency. But that gets things backward. To the extent the experience, qualifications, and national-security arguments are taken off the table, Obama wins.” –Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review on-line

Ms. Palin’s experience in government makes Barack Obama look like George C. Marshall.  She served two terms on the city council of Wasilla, Alaska, population 9,000. She served two terms as mayor. In November, 2006, she was elected governor of the state, a job she has held for a little more than 18 months. She has zero foreign policy experience, and no record on national security issues.

All this would matter less, but for this fact: The day that John McCain announced his selection of Sarah Palin was his birthday. His 72nd birthday. Seventy-two is not as old as it used to be, but Mr. McCain had a bout with melanoma seven years ago, and his experience in prison camp has uncertain implications for his future health. If anything were to happen to a President McCain, the destiny of the free world would be placed in the hands of a woman who until the day before Friday was a small-town mayor.” –David Frum, NRO contributor, in the National Post. (emphasis added)

“I think this is the biggest political gamble, just about, in all of American history.” –Pat Buchanan

“She is just not ready to be Commander-in-Chief” –Pat Buchanan

“In picking an unknown, untested, half-a-term woman governor from Alaska to be his running mate, John McCain is following in a long line of reckless men who have rolled the dice for a beauty queen. Except in this case, McCain is taking one of the biggest, boldest gambles in modern American political history,” –Dan Gerstien, Strategist for the 2006 Joe Lieberman campaign.

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One Response to “McCain just lost the election”

  1. […] ditching his first wife because she had a disfiguring accident? How about… oh yes, how about Sarah can’t pronounce NUCLEAR […]

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