By letterhead | August 30, 2008
Stepping back from all the broo-ha-ha over the “experience factor” in the Palin VP pick, as well as the irony of announcing the choice at “Nutter Center,” McCain’s choice fatally punctures one of his key talking points:
It should finally put to rest the idea that McCain is a man who will “stand up to his own party,” which is a line I have heard from many moderate, sensible Republicans (with lots of money) who want to rationalize voting for him mostly on the notion that he’ll (further) lower their taxes.
Picking Sarah Palin is a clear pander to the most extreme wing of the GOP: she’s an ultra-right, creationist, gun-toting, evangelical, Big Oil Mama who does not believe global warming is man-made, subverts science when it conflicts with policy, and uses the levers of government for personal vendettas (!)… albeit in a charming, small-town, pulp-fictiony kind of way.
Take away the Bible and she’s Dick Cheney in a dress.
If you believe that’s the decision of a straight-talking centrist who can stand up to his own party, then you’re being buffaloed in the worst possible Alaskan way.