The Palin selection completely undercuts the argument about Obama’s inexperience and readiness to lead — on the theory that because Palin is a maverick and a corruption fighter, she bolsters McCain’s claim to be the reformer in this campaign. In her rollout today, Palin spoke a lot about change. McCain is now trying to steal “change” from Obama, a contest McCain will lose in an overwhelmingly Democratic year with an overwhelmingly unpopular incumbent Republican administration. At the same time, he’s weakening his strong suit — readiness vs. unreadiness.
The McCain campaign is reveling in the fact that Palin is a game changer. But why a game changer when you’ve been gaining? To gratuitously undercut the remarkably successful “Is he ready to lead” line of attack seems near suicidal.
It’s just a tactical complaint now, but I, for one, can’t wait until Chuckie comes to the full realization that John McCain is planning to put a disciple of Pat Buchanan in the vice-president’s chair. Sorry, Chuck; there’s no puzzle here. This was the danger of tying neoconservative fantasies to evangelical movement Protestantism; at some point in any alliance tough choices have to be made. The very best that neocons can hope for is that Palin is a George W. Bush-esque non-entity who, if she happens to ascend to the Presidency, could be shaped in a sufficiently imperial direction. That may be the case, but it may not…
…and regarding the bridge to nowhere, it seems to me there ought to be a presumption that when one can illustrate a point with Ozzy, one should do so: