Is it finally open season on McCain?? – Corporate media are blasting his judgment!

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It seems it is finally open season on John McCain in the Mainstream Media for his poor judgement in his irresponsible decision to chose Sarah Palin as a running mate.



Scarborough (H/T wordie):

And on the News sites in America:

The New York Times here and this is David Brooks speaking:

He really needs someone to impose a policy structure on his moral intuitions. He needs a very senior person who can organize a vast administration and insist that he tame his lone-pilot tendencies and work through the established corridors — the National Security Council, the Domestic Policy Council. He needs a near-equal who can turn his instincts, which are great, into a doctrine that everybody else can predict and understand.

Rob Portman or Bob Gates wouldn’t have been politically exciting, but they are capable of performing those tasks. Palin, for all her gifts, is not. She underlines McCain’s strength without compensating for his weaknesses. The real second fiddle job is still unfilled.

and here:

Aides to Mr. McCain said they had a team on the ground in Alaska now to look more thoroughly into Ms. Palin’s background. A Republican with ties to the campaign said the team assigned to vet Ms. Palin in Alaska had not arrived there until Thursday, a day before Mr. McCain stunned the political world with his vice-presidential choice. The campaign was still calling Republican operatives as late as Sunday night asking them to go to Alaska to deal with the unexpected candidacy of Ms. Palin.

[…]“They didn’t seriously consider her until four or five days from the time she was picked, before she was asked, maybe the Thursday or Friday before,” said a Republican close to the campaign. “This was really kind of rushed at the end, because John didn’t get what he wanted. He wanted to do Joe or Ridge.”

The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen says:

One of the great sights of American political life — a YouTube moment if ever there was one — was to see the doughboy face of Newt Gingrich as he extolled the virtues of Sarah Palin, a sitcom of a vice presidential choice and a disaster movie if she moves up to the presidency: “She’s the first journalist ever to be nominated, I think, for the president or vice president, and she was a sportscaster on local television,” Gingrich said on the “Today” show. “So she has a lot of interesting background. And she has a lot of experience. Remember that, when people worry about how inexperienced she is, for two years she’s been in charge of the Alaska National Guard.”

and adds, rather pointedly:

It’s a pity Gingrich was not around when the Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known by his nickname Caligula, reputedly named Incitatus as a consul and a priest. Incitatus was his horse.

It doesn’t stop here, there’s the European media, too:

The Times calls her half baked Alaskan and concludes:

Mrs Palin’s selection has made for great political theatre. It is also profoundly irresponsible. This was Mr McCain’s first Cabinet-level appointment, and it reflects as vividly as any of his battles over campaign finance reform the maverick tendencies that continue to define him. Such tendencies are of huge value on the American football field, in certain corporate settings and, indeed, in the US Senate. Whether they belong in the Oval Office at a time of grave and unfamiliar challenges to Western civilisation is far less clear.

The Telegraph likens the frantic post factum vetting to a political hit squad:

Senior allies of the Republican presidential nominee insisted that the team of press officers will handle the worldwide media frenzy surrounding the selection of only the second woman ever on a presidential ticket.

But they also admitted that they have operatives on the ground in Alaska to probe more deeply into her background.

Democrats detected a whiff of panic in the McCain camp, amid growing claims that Mrs Palin’s personal history was not properly vetted before Mr McCain announced his pick on Friday.

I think it is more than a whiff of panic. I bet, they didn’t even google her name before the announcement. They couldn’t have, because if they had they would have come up with what we have have come up with:

About the Independence Party of Alaska

About the Issues

About the Real Sarah Palin

About Who Is Sarah Palin

About Governor Palin and Creationism

and this, this and much more

I’d say we vetted Governor Palin here and as far as I am concerned, this appointment is an insult to every American voter.

UPDATE: More international media comments in Open Season II

11 thoughts on “Is it finally open season on McCain?? – Corporate media are blasting his judgment!

  1. They said similar things when Bush nominated Harriet Miers to the SCOTUS — all was forgiven and forgotten after she bowed out and he chose a more “suitable” white male.

    I smell another set up.

  2. Mr Cheeseburger, welcome to the Zoo.

    I think this is a real issue insofar as the judgement of John McCains obviously is poor, when someone tries to push him, where he doesn’t want to go. In this case he was denied Lieberman as a running mate and acted irresponsibly as a result. This is not what I’d like to see in a crisis.

    You are absolutely right, however, that the dust needs to settle around all this soon and a discussion of the differing policies should be started or resumed. The media like to create an endless drama here, it sells their stories.

  3. It wouldn’t surprise me if Rove was behind this. To distract the media hype that the Obama camp had generated from such an awesome DNC convention that would have carried into the GOP convention.

    It worked, all the media turned their eyes to Palin. Next, the selection of Palin was to give the Puma’s and the rest of the Hillary Clinton women someone to vote for. Great Photo-Op for McCain.

    Just like mentioned above by Zooey, the Harriet Miers selection, we can’t forget also the Homeland Security nomination either. They used Bernie Kerik’s name into nomination only to pull him and install Chertoff as Homeland Security Dictator.

    They pulled the same trick, throw out someone that will upset everyone or create a firestorm. So they can move in for the kill (or throw the original person under the bus) and followed by the swift and easy confirmation of the person they really wanted all along.

    These people always look great by comparison of the original nominee. Rove is truly an evil genius, if I’m wrong I will be more than happy to apologize.

    Great post EV 🙂

  4. This is different. The public gets to vote for the nominee in November so all that McCain can do is go from bad to worse. He must see the numbers. His polling numbers have dropped since he chose Palin and I’ve already read several comments from posters who said that their Republican parents are now considering voting for Barack Obama. McCain blew it.

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