It has now become clear that McCain's contempt for the people of the United States and the rest of the world is absolute. His VP pick was based on a single meeting with Sarah Palin six months ago and she has had no serious conversation about the Vice Presidential role until just a few days ago. So on the basis of reading about her on the internet and chatting with friends and colleagues (but not her), he makes his choice.
1. McCain is 72 and has recurring bouts of cancer. If elected, he will be the oldest person ever to be sworn into office. The chances of Palin becoming President de facto (or dead factor) are high. McCain is willing to risk this on the basis of what?
2. The key issue is judgment and experience, at least according to McCain. This is what the campaign theme has been all year. So he abuses himself ny selecting someone who shows little of either.
3. It looks increasingly like a cynical move to win over women voters, full stop. It indicates that he does not take these voters seriously.
He is a dreadfully flawed man, as we now have seen.
Take a look at the posting on Matthew Gold's blog site - its worth it.