Saturday, August 30, 2008

McCain rolls the dice with Palin pick

The bloggers have unearthed so much oppo on Palin, it's difficult to know how to approach the pushback on the pick. It's too easy to fall into the trap of criticizing her for the wrong reasons and rekindle the anger over sexism that permeated the primaries. But in a moment of inspiration this morning, I believe I've hit on winning tack. Better to focus the criticism on McCain for making such a reckless choice. In checking Memeorandum just now, I see Sully and even the Politico are also tracking towards this approach as well today.

I took a slightly different tack at DetNews this morning, linking the reckless manner in which the choice was made to McCain's "against the odds" style of gambling. I can't crosspost because the newspaper owns first rights for 72 hours, but here's the best quote.
The real question Americans should be asking themselves is what does this tell us about John McCain? The choice was obviously made for political reasons. Palin was chosen solely because she is woman who personifies the worst nanny instincts of the extreme religious right. McCain hopes to get some media attention, solidify his standing with the fundies and hopes to poach some disgruntled Hillary supporters into his camp. The odds are it will backfire, but McCain loves to dare the odds and play against them.

The bottom line is, McCain chose to gamble away our national security and the future of our country in order to put his personal ambitions first. ...
If you have a moment, read the whole post. I'd be interested in what you highest denominator readers think of the approach.

[More posts daily at The Newshoggers and The Detroit News.]

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

The only comment I've had is so laudatory as to be ludicrous. Being a Republican isn't about making sane choices or indeed about making any choices. The anointed one has blessed her and she's now the darling of the values vermin.

Screw it - I'm with Brian and I hope the earth opens up and swallows the whole country.

2:17:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL. That would solve quite a few problems but can we wait until we evacuate our loved ones?

3:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The real question Americans should be asking themselves is what does this tell us about John McCain?

He wanted to do Bush one better on the whole Harriet Miers thing? [snark]

5:58:00 PM  
Blogger No Blood for Hubris said...

Hideous anti-choice choice. Just hideous.

6:31:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

LOL Kvatch. Nice to see you.

Hubris!!! Long time no see. Hope you're well. It is horrifying, isn't it?

11:36:00 PM  

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