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Old 10-20-2008, 03:37 PM
Location: Santa Monica
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The Political Scene: The Insiders: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker

The fundamentalist ideologues hijacked the selection (away from a choice of Joe Lieberman) with about 1 week to go till the GOP convention. McCain spent a total of 3 HOURS with her before his decision was announced.

Notice also how Bill Kristol was "shaking the pom-poms" for Palin all along.
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Old 10-20-2008, 03:40 PM
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No duh. It was obvious from the start that the decision was made for McCain, not by him. With all of his connections after a lifetime of service and decades working with and in Congress, there's no way that he would have picked Palin.

Do we really want a president whose first executive decision was made by the party hacks behind the scenes? This is just one more way that McCain = Bush.
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Old 10-20-2008, 03:48 PM
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But that was the final act. Read the article for more about the prologue, such as how Palin hosted conservative operatives in Juneau during their "shore days" from cruise ship holidays to Alaska.
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:03 PM
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Good article, a bit long, so here is THE KEY excerpt:


A week or so before McCain named her [Palin], McCain was intent on naming his fellow-senator Joe Lieberman, an independent, who left the Democratic Party in 2006. David Keene, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, who is close to a number of McCain’s top aides, told me that “McCain and Lindsey Graham”—the South Carolina senator, who has been McCain’s closest campaign companion—“really wanted Joe.”

But Keene believed that “McCain was scared off” in the final days, after warnings from his advisers that choosing Lieberman would ignite a contentious floor fight at the Convention, as social conservatives revolted against Lieberman for being, among other things, pro-choice.

“They took it away from him,” a longtime friend of McCain—who asked not to be identified, since the campaign has declined to discuss its selection process—said of the advisers. “He was furious. He was pissed. It wasn’t what he wanted.” Another friend disputed this, characterizing McCain’s mood as one of “understanding resignation.”

With just days to go before the Convention, the choices were slim. Karl Rove favored McCain’s former rival Mitt Romney, but enough animus lingered from the primaries that McCain rejected the pairing. “I told Romney not to wait by the phone, because ‘he doesn’t like you,’ ” Keene, who favored the choice, said. “With John McCain, all politics is personal.”


That's is the story in a nutshell. JM's staff had JM suck up to the evango-fascist wing of the GOP via picking a flaming idiot, but a pro-life wack-job wingnut of a flaming idiot, from the far right of the political universe (the home of tin foil hats).

Latest figures I've seen say that 65% of Americans think Roe V Wade should NOT be overturned (regardless of their like or dis-like of abortion itself). By being formulaic about how to win a campaign (Step 1: Get the pro-life far right wing of the GOP in your corner), JM's staff has assured that JM will lose the election.

JM could've picked Joe Lieberman, and got the Jewish vote in FL and had a guy who is ready to step in if JM passes. But JL's pro-choice stance won't fly with the wingnuts.

JM could've picked Mitt Romney, had a good guy on the economy and health care, but JM's legendary temper wouldn't let him, nor is MR acceptable to the wingnuts.

Only another wingnut is acceptable to the wingnuts.

JM lost the election when Palin got picked, and JM's joke of a campaign will be dissected in Poli-Sci classes for decades to come.
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