Nothing’s Crazier than Palin

September 26, 2008

McCain’s decision to pick her, that is, though this excerpt from the Couric interview might make you wonder:

. . . where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Um, helping, oh — it’s got to be all about job creation too. Shoring up our economy, and putting it back on the right track. So healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions, and tax relief for Americans, and trade, we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, um, scary thing, but 1 in 5 jobs being created in the trade sector today. We’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All of those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

So I’m going to have to disagree with my colleague and say that even if McCain had actually suspended his campaign for a few days in some meaningful way, it wouldn’t have been as crazy as asking Sarah Palin to be on the ticket with him. We’ve seen what happens when she is allowed to speak to reporters that aren’t Sean Hannity. Sheltering her from this has been one of the major causes of the anti-McCain backlash in the media which will make all his future crazy tactics much less likely to succeed. Eventually she will have to debate Biden, and while they’ve tried to ensure that it will involve as little actual interaction as possible, it’s hard to see how that could fail to be a major fiasco.

Then there’s the fact that she’s corrupt, and that there’s tons of evidence lying around. Of course, not having vetted her, McCain didn’t know this, but surely he knew that she was in Alaskan politics, which is at least as suspect an industry as ‘waste management’. There was already an ongoing ethics investigation into whether or not she had improperly fired someone for refusing to improperly fire someone else over a family feud. She had a solid track record of firing people for reasons unrelated to job performance, and there may well be hard evidence that she’s lying in the present case. Meanwhile, her old buddy Ted Stevens might be convicted of corruption a few days before the election.

She has the related problem of being a compulsive liar. This may seem like hyperbole, but I want to stress that I’m not talking about the fact that she lies frequently, but rather about the fact that she lies in situations when it doesn’t benefit her at all and when it is obvious that she will be caught. This works very poorly in combination with the McCain campaign’s never, ever retract anything or admit to any mistakes. A simple press release before her speech at the convention could have been the last anyone heard about the Bridge to Nowhere. Instead…

And while I’m tired of hearing about everyone’s nutty preachers, the possible anti-semitic remarks (it’s not as obvious to me as it is to Sullivan) made by Muthee minutes before he blessed Palin, asking that she be protected from all forms of witchcraft, aren’t going to be much help in Florida.

Palin is already an embarassment for McCain’s campaign, while minimizing that embarassment has helped turn the press against them. In the future, there will be either more embarassment, more backlash from an increasingly cut-off press corps, or both. She is almost a sure thing to crash and burn at her debate. Details of her dishonesty and corruption will continue to generate negative press, and there remains the non-negligible possibility that a smoking gun will emerge and sink the campaign altogether.

McCain could spend the next month in Ibiza and it wouldn’t be as crazy as picking Palin.


3 Responses to “Nothing’s Crazier than Palin”

  1. beingajoe Says:

    I am glad that someone is speaking up about the insanity of this move by John McCain…

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