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It's Time to Fix This Mistake Mr. McCain

Why the panicked rush to choose Palin? What's behind this desperation move (besides bowing deeply to the religious right extremists that apparently still run the Republican Party)?

It's not too late to right this wrong, Mr. McCain.

From the Washington Post:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not subjected to a lengthy in-person background interview with the head of Sen. John McCain's vice presidential vetting team until last Wednesday in Arizona, the day before McCain asked her to be his running mate, and she did not disclose the fact that her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant until that meeting, two knowledgeable McCain officials acknowledged Tuesday.

WaPo again:

Sitting around a dining room table, the McCain team has talked to her about Iraq, energy and the economy, but has focused on what she should say in her speech, struggling almost as hard as she has to prepare for what will be, along with a debate in October, her main opportunity to shape the way she is viewed by voters. Not anticipating that McCain would choose a woman as his running mate, the speech that was prepared in advance was "very masculine," according to campaign manager Rick Davis, and "we had to start from scratch."

Obvious signs, important only in that they further illustrate the fact that not enough time was taken to full vet Sarah Palin.

McCain can correct his mistake and replace Palin - and it'll be a lot easier if he does so before she accepts the nomination.

The Atlantic:

With reporters and opposition researchers crawling through Alaska, and with the McCain campaign having dispatched its own team of lawyers to re-vet Palin, Republicans are wondering what shoe might drop next. If further revelations prove damaging enough, McCain could decide to replace Palin or she could choose to withdraw. While such an event seems unlikely given her popularity in some quarters of the party--Jacob Heilbrunn has suggested that social conservatives would view her ouster as "political infidelity"--her rocky reception makes the "Eagleton scenario," and how it might unfold, a subject of more than academic interest.

Interviews with Republicans and legal experts today shed light on how the process could play out. At any point before tomorrow night, McCain could simply replace Palin. But once she formally accepts her nomination, he'll no longer have the power to do so unilaterally. According to Ben Ginsberg, the former general council at the Republican National Committee, Republican rules stipulate that the 168 members of the national committee would need to ratify any replacement to make it official. The process falls under Republican Rule Number 9(a): "The Republican National Committee is hereby authorized and empowered to fill any and all vacancies which may occur by reason of death, declination, or otherwise of the Republican candidate for President of the United States or the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States, as nominated by the national convention, or the Republican National Committee may reconvene the national convention for the purpose of filling any such vacancies."

Nothing would shed John McCain in a better light than him stepping forward now and fixing this mistake. McCain has a million-dollar opportunity here, to drop Palin and give the Veep spot to Pawlenty, who it appears was his second choice.

Will John McCain act in the best interests of this country? Or has John McCain the Maverick already become John McCain the Sidekick - kowtowing to the extremists on the right that would rather have a social conservative like Palin as President than John McCain himself?

Those are the people John McCain is placating with the Palin pick - the religious extremists on the right who can't stand McCain to begin with.

It's time to fix this mistake, Mr. McCain, and give America viable choices in November election. Obama and Biden represent the very best of the Democratic Party. Sarah Palin is not the very best that the Republican Party has to offer, and the United States of America deserves better.


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Comments (15)

Larry:


Uh, Lee, don't you think Obama will win?

"Will John McCain act in the best interests of this country? Or has John McCain the Maverick already become John McCain the Sidekick - kowtowing to the extremists on the right that would rather have a social conservative like Palin as President than John McCain himself?"

A. G. Culvahouse vetted Palin. There is no way that guy would have left any stone unturned that counted. Palin is bait, and the MSM and Libnuts have taken the hook. If Palin helps McCain lose, why all the screaming?

Hey, isn't American great. Just like Hillary when she was desperate, Obama is going on Fox, the O'Reilly Factor. Is he a sell out for doing that? I keep telling you and Paul, don't fall in love with a politician, they will break your heart and your wallet.

Larry:


Ummm, tell me this guy is going to miss something.

http://www.omm.com/arthurbculvahousejr/

He has been to Alaska. And he was in charge of vetting.

And yea, he LOOKS like a heavy weight. Then you see his history and you KNOW he is a heavy weight.

Lee Ward:

Quoted from the post above:

With reporters and opposition researchers crawling through Alaska, and with the McCain campaign having dispatched its own team of lawyers to re-vet Palin, Republicans are wondering what shoe might drop next.

McCain has less confidence in the vetting process to date than you guys do.

DaveD:

Lee,
Read Larry's message. If it Palin is a bad choice for McCain, then Obama wins and you are happy and you are very free to say 'I told you so'. End of game.

Additionally,
"Nothing would shed John McCain in a better light than him stepping forward now and fixing this mistake." At present you could not be any more mistaken. There is nothing whatsoever that McCain could do that would make you to decide to vote for him. Therefore, why does your counsel mean anything? I think among those who are voting for McCain they do not see any credible reason at this point for Palin tio be dumped. Geez, there is just simply this cut and run philosophy from Libs any time anything doesn't go their way. Ooops, Palin is a Republican who is not a white male, bad choice; oops, things aren't looking to good in Iraq, let's get out now; oops, unwanted embryo has inconveniently implanted itself in my uterine wall, abortion time.... All this cutting and running you guys advocate, tell me, where do you run to?

For a woman who promises so little in your eyes, she seems to have become quite the attraction. Why is that?

Larry:

Lee:

Right back at you buddy. The VP thing was a big secret for BOTH camps. This means they didn't talk to EVERYONE for fear that the secret would out. Neither side did. It is common practice to go back and see if there is anything missed when the media goes nuts.

Look at what has come out about Biden's son, as an example. And by the way, why hasn't THAT situation gotten the attention it deserves if families are fair game?

What Culvahouse is probably, if I had to guess, doing right now is vetting those with an ax to grind over Palin. In other words, digging dirt up on the ones who will bad mouth Palin. This is also something that campaigns do in situations like this one. And from what I have been reading in the Alaska papers from back dates, most of those who want to bad mouth Palin might end up regretting that they did.

Not all, mind you. For example, Palin has been promoted as a greenie. Yea, right. She isn't one, period. I am not a greenie myself, so that doesn't bother me. But if you are one, it would and should.

The mantra for the day is "You can't fix stupid."

Larry:

Oh come on Dave, you know exactly why the Obamanuts in the media are flaming Palin.

*BIG GRIN*

Lee isn't stupid. He is just a true believer and no amount of logic is going to sway him. He really thinks Obama will do whatever Lee added to Obama's "Change" fill in the blank deceit message. I suspect that many of those who walk in Lee's shoes will find themselves the equivilent of married to a serial adulterer if Obama gets elected. After all, Obama is a very talented Chicago politician and you shouldn't marry any of those guys.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

You're suggesting that Biden was as much an unknown and surprise as Palin?

Joe Biden -- who ran for in the primaries - was a big suprise - just like Palin?

"The VP thing was a big secret for BOTH camps."

I don't know what you're smoking, Larry - but if Ray's psychologist thinks it'll help Ray with his depression please give some to him.

Larry:


No I am not suggesting any such thing Lee and excuse me, you know it. WHO was going to be VP was the secret. And I ask again, are you going to get all indignant over Biden's son's problems? Known or unknown, a VP pick gets vetted to the maximum. Remember what's his name, the guy from Missouri way back when?

Ray who?

GianiD:

Tis better if the dims and the DNC fixes the mistake it made by nominating this token turkey for President.

The idiot doesnt even know how many states there are, hasnt yet proven he has a valid US birth certificate, is the most liberal member of Congress, a sad sad fact that is 2nd only to the fact that he seldom works.

If he ever gets a call at 3 am, it might be 3:45 til you get an answer out of him, because he'll have to set up the teleprompter first, without which he cant speak, and then allow for extra time with all of the ahhs, umms, and huhs he cant seem to speak without.

Rich:

I read the first article you cherry picked from and actually read the ENTIRE article. Seems he had 20 names back in the spring. Worked that down to 6 and then 4 and then just Palin and Pawlenty. A half dozen brainstorm sessions with his top people.
Looks like all 20 had the same amount of time to be vetted.
I did the same with your second cherry pick. Big surprise it is much more positive to Palin than you would ever like. You could insert any of the other possible picks name in there.
I am not even going to bother with the third. It dinner time and I just don't have time for your weak attempts to paint Palin as some kind of mistake.

Lee Ward:

"A half dozen brainstorm sessions with his top people. Looks like all 20 had the same amount of time to be vetted.

So you're claiming the following is inaccurate?

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was not subjected to a lengthy in-person background interview with the head of Sen. John McCain's vice presidential vetting team until last Wednesday in Arizona, the day before McCain asked her to be his running mate, and she did not disclose the fact that her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant until that meeting, two knowledgeable McCain officials acknowledged Tuesday.

source: Washington Post

Does your claim that she was "on a list weeks ago" indicate that the thorough vetting started weeks ago, and not just last week as has been reported?

Feel free to post specific quotes or links to support your claims, Rich - I did.

Rich:

Schmidt also said the campaign had made a decision much earlier not to announce McCain's running mate until the day after the Democratic convention ended. He said McCain's team had long planned to use all the time available to weigh the choice. He dismissed questions that the campaign had made a hasty or ill-informed decision in the selection.

"Throughout this deliberative process of selecting a vice president, John McCain's political advisers each argued pro and con positions to the senator about each of the finalists for his consideration," he said. "The senator had an opportunity to reflect on all the pro arguments for each nominee and all of the con arguments for each nominee."

The search process started in the spring. McCain's vetting team was given a list of 20 names and Culvahouse's group prepared lengthy background books on each candidate, based primarily on a search of public records. Ultimately, the list of 20 was pared to six serious finalists, then to two, and finally to Palin. According to several campaign sources, Palin was on the list from the start.

In addition to Palin and Pawlenty, the four other finalists are believed to have been Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, the Democrat-turned-independent from Connecticut; former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge; former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney; and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

All six were subjected to a lengthy background investigation that included a review of tax returns dating back seven years, a credit check, and a 70-item questionnaire that addressed nannies and household employees, infidelity, payment for sex, treatment for drug or alcohol abuse, and other personally intrusive subjects.

This is from the same Washington Post article you used. I am sure they knew all of what they wanted before she had to have a lengthy in person interview. The part about her daughters pregnancy is only a problem for Libs who seem to think they have a "gotcha" moment on the conservatives. So while I am not claiming that the article is inaccurate,I am claiming that you are pathetic for thinking it somehow is hurts her position.

John S:

There's still time for the Democrats to fix this mistake... and dump the community agitator before he loses 40 states. At least Bill Clinton (running his wife as a sock puppet) could have won a third term.

Catch the Palin speech last night? It's over. Time to pack up Bambi and send him back to Chicago.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

Yep - she's one of the best Teleprompter readers the GOP has ever put up - a nice series of low-ball stand-up comedy shtick - man those zingers were dyno-mite. I bet she's a hit on Leno.

She's not much more than a backwoods "celebrity".

We Democrat should have seen this coming. McCain rails against Obama's lack of experience, then goes out and finds someone whose foreign relations experience is wrapped up in fishing trip to Canada...

and when McCain railed against Obama's celebrity we should have known he'd try to find someone who's celebrity status he could brag about.

GOPers aren't very original thinkers, even at the highest level of the Party.

Drill, baby, drill!

Larry:

John, it ain't over till the fat lady sings to overuse a cliche. Palin makes the race competitive, she doesn't win it. Before she got thrown to the media wolves who love Obama, the guy from Chicago (sorta) was gonna be the next President unless a bombshell went off over something.

Now it is a dead heat in spite of the CBS poll, wait and see.

Lee, give credit where credit is due. The teleprompter had a problem during both Rudy's speach and Palin's. They were both forced to wing it. Rudy deviated and ad libbed. Palin, quick study that she is, sailed on without much of a hitch - althought I thought she was a little stilted for a while and now I know why. She also ad libbed a bit.

Lee, what happened when Obama's teleprompter failed? Look it up.

And let me fess up to something Lee. I dunno who is gonna win. It will be either ticket and both of them are professional politicians, a class of folks we need in this country within the checks and balances of our judicial system AND the media watchdogs to keep them honest. Right now there isn't much honesty in media, especially when you consider that Ed Rendell shocked everyone by declaring Fox to be the most balanced during the Democratic primary.

What I am hanging out on blogs for now is to get a feel for which way it is going to go and what is likely to happen. I originally started out as a disenchanted Republican who wanted to see more about Obama without the puff stuff his campaign put out. I have no reason to love McCain and a personal reason to dislike him.

Frankly, I find much to admire about Obama. That does not include some of the hysterical true believer crap I see so often on the blogs like dailykos and others.

Politics is a dirty, nasty business full of deals like the Jones/Obama connection that seldom intrude on the thought process of the average voter. I am not the average voter, and I know it.


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