John McCain will be 72 when the next president is sworn in. If elected he will be the oldest person ever elected president of the United States. His choice for Vice President, as much as Senator Obama's, needed to reflect the very best individual ready to become president in the flicker of an errant heartbeat. The choice of the extraordinarily inexperienced Governor from Alaska does not nothing to to prove that McCain chose the very best person able to become president if tragedy or illness strikes.
The title to the post links to the NY Times article in which it seems clear that John McCain wanted to pick Joe Lieberman, the independent senator from Connecticut, but was unable to get past the religious right's threats of abandonment over Lieberman's pro-choice position on abortion. So once again Senator McCain buckles under to the very same people who savaged him personally and his campaign in South Carolina in the 2000 primaries. If McCain cannot stand up to a bunch of evolution-hating, religion bating nuts, how is he going to stand up to the President of Iran or Russia?
And just imagine this 44 year old governor from Alaska, who was a small town mayor before being Governor all of two years, trying to manage the war in Iran, the war in Afghanistan, and a Russian bear on the rampage-it's army rebuilt by a treasury swelling with oil riches. Now that is a frightening thought. We've already had one woefully unprepared Governor become president and run this country into the ground, and the last thing we need is another one.
We think McCain's choice was not well thought out (he met with Sarah Palin once before selecting her) and was a bit of panicky choice with time running out and pressure from the religious right that he obviously found too intense to bear. The sad fact is that this once great Senator has become what he abhorred: a politician willing to say and do anything to be elected.
Contrast the vast inexperience of Sara Palin with the experience of Senator Joe Biden- if the election was between those two for president, which one do you think has the ability and experience to run the country?
In the final analysis John McCain is making it harder and harder for this old Ronald Reagan supporter to vote for him.
Enjoy the day off- I'm going for a run.