On the day he's celebrating is 72nd birthday, who does John McCain pick as VP, to stand by him literally one heartbeat away from the Oval Office.
A young, relatively inexperienced politician.
After months and months of McCain claiming that Obama doesn't have enough experience to be Commander in Chief, McCain picks someone with less experience than Obama to be that 'one-heartbeat-away' Commander in Chief in waiting...
This move is dripping with desperation. It grabs the headlines for the next couple of days following Obama's big acceptance speech last night, but long term it's more likely to be a huge mistake. Standing next to Biden at the debate, Palin will pale. And with McCain's
senility age at the forefront of voters minds leading into the election, McCain picks Palin -- despite her low experience level -- because she's a woman and he hopes to pick up disenfranchised Clinton voters.
Doesn't he realize that he's thrown the "Obama doesn't have enough experience" debate out the window with this move? Palin has the thinnest foreign policy experience of any VP candidate in history.
McCain will point to Palin's experience as Alaska's governor as "executive" experience that is needed in the White House, but look at the payoff we've had from 8 years of former Texas Governor George Bush's "executive experience" -- FEMA, FDA, FAA, Justice -- all executive branch departments that have had disastrous records of service.
Add in Alaska's connection to big oil and this move comes down to nothing less than stunning stupidity for the Republicans.
Desperation makes for funny decision-making - and this glimpse inside the mind of John McCain is downright scary.
Update: This reaction from an Alaskan Democrat hits the nail on the head:
"Sarah is a small town mayor running Alaska as if it's a small town," says Frank Smith, a former union and Democratic Party activist in Alaska. "McCain is out of his mind. He has no foreign policy experience and she'll help because she's been fishing in Canada."
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