A few days after McCain announced his pick of Sarah Palin as Vice-President, just before Palin was to accept the nomination, John McCain had an opportunity to fix his mistake, drop Palin, and select someone more qualified.
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.
Following the Republican convention the polls showed a bounce for McCain, but within 10 days the bounce had fully dissipated, and for the last week we've seen a steady erosion of the measure of support Palin brings to the Republican ticket.
A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released yesterday found that while 47 percent of likely voters believed that Palin had the personality and leadership qualities a president should have, 49 percent said she didn't.
Compare that with her Democratic counterpart Joe Biden: 55 percent said he had the necessary qualities, while only 39 percent said he did not. Both Barack Obama and John McCain had 62 percent of voters believing they have what it takes to be president.
McCain's campaign did their best to keep Palin away from the press, refusing to offer interviews and ignoring reporters in the field asking questions. They knew they had someone who was largely unqualfied, and they hoped that with enough time they could bring her up to speed as a candidate and make her at least appear to be qualified.
They've failed, as the Couric interview shows. So it should be no surprise that conservative writer Kathleen Parker, who initially praised McCain's selection of Palin, is now calling for Palin to step down and remove herself from the ticket.
Syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker, who had praised McCain's surprise selection of Palin, called yesterday for her to step aside from the ticket.
As we've seen and heard more from John McCain's running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn't know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion," Parker wrote yesterday on National Review's website.
"It was fun while it lasted. Palin's recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.
No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I've been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I've also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.
Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there's not much content there....
If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.
If Palin were a man, we'd all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she's a woman -- and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket -- we are reluctant to say what is painfully true.
What to do?
McCain can't repudiate his choice for running mate. He not only risks the wrath of the GOP's unforgiving base, but he invites others to second-guess his executive decision-making ability. Barack Obama faces the same problem with Biden.
Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.
Do it for your country.
We've come through a full arc, and looming ahead is the Vice-Presidential debate. Given McCain's lackluster performance in his first debate with Obama he clearly cannot afford to have his Veep do poorly in the VP debate, now just a few days away.
A better time to fix this mistake was back before Palin accepted the nomination. McCain failed there. If he fails again and allows Palin to go through with the debate with Biden and she tanks -- as all close watchers expect that she will -- it'll seal the end of his campaign.
As a Democrat, do I care? Absolutely. America deserves a better choice than Palin as VP. It was a cynical, calculated decision by McCain that only drags our electoral process down further. Our federal government has been a charade of calculated lies and manipulations for far too long. America deserves better.
On September 3rd I implored McCain to fix his mistake. Here we are three weeks later, and despite the damage down to the Republican ticket and the turmoil that would result from changing out Palin for someone else now, dropping Sarah Palin from the ticket is still a better option than keeping her, going forward. Will he? I fear not.
We've seen this same kind of of determined, stubborn allegiance to failed strategies in George Bush's unfailing support of Donald Rumsfeld and Alberto Gonzales, and we've seen the damage such a strategy brought on the Bush administration as a result.
John McCain has a chance to do better, and America deserves better. If McCain doesn't deliver a better decision now, the nation will hand the election to Obama. It's just that simple.
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