I’ll quit with the politics in a moment, but I want to try to clear up a misunderstanding I see going around.
My friends, John McCain doesn’t think Sarah Palin is qualified to be Vice President. What has led you to believe he does? The fact that he chose her?
McCain chose her because it was supposedly a canny move to get votes, that’s it. He barely knew her.
You have to understand that McCain is only interested in one thing right now: getting elected. If he thought putting a ham sandwich on the ticket would get him more votes, he would have done it. Country First? McCain couldn’t care less about what’s best for the country, just what’s best for John McCain.
Seriously, why else would this former “maverick” have completely fallen in party line in the past couple years? How else do you explain a guy who was tortured himself to suddenly reverse his stance and say it’s okay for America to torture? Because he wants that comfy chair in the Oval Office, and he’ll do whatever it takes to sit in it.
Besides, he knows he doesn’t have to explain Palin’s qualifications. He knows all the right-wing zombies out there will do it for him. In the next universe over right now people are leaving comments on blogs parroting Bill O’Reilly and Karl Rove, saying how the ham sandwich is probably better qualified than any person and certainly any other sandwich to lead this nation. The party says “jump”, and then its followers start explaining how sitting down is actually jumping.
It’s not hard, people. Sure, Palin is a stupid and scary choice, but you’re making the same mistake you always make when dealing with these people. You’re trying to talk them out of something they themselves don’t even believe.
So, to reiterate: McCain himself doesn’t believe Sarah Palin is a good choice for the role, simply a good choice for getting him into his role. Whatever happens after that doesn’t concern him.
Honestly, I think we’d all be better off if we just make a fake White House, tell McCain he won, and then let him live there, believing he’s the President and giving orders to a bunch of actors. The guy’s old, let’s give him some meager pleasure in his final years, so long as nobody else gets hurt.