POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Charley Cook on McCain’s VP choice

Posted by Lew Weinstein on September 1, 2008

Charley Cook is a political reporter whose web site (www.cookpolitical.com) contains a lot of useful information. The 9-1-08 edition of the Cook Political Report (see below) is titled …

McCain’s Risky Dice Roll With Palin

Here are a few excerpts …

·         McCain found himself with fewer options than he wanted, and, and that reality, along with his overwhelming desire to shake things up, led him to the last-minute selection of Palin, who he had met only once (in February at a National Governors Association meeting) before the vetting process began.

·         Some McCain advisers are now saying that she was fully vetted, but others are sending signals that she underwent only the briefest and scantest of scrutiny.

·         If you put the pictures of every Republican governor in the country on a dartboard and thrown a dart, the chances of a better selection might be higher.

·         Picking Palin for vice president is an engraved invitation for critics to question and voters to wonder even more about McCain’s age (72) and health. Is the risk worth it?

·         It has been widely noted that McCain is a devoted craps player. This time he really rolled the dice.

Founded in 1984, The Cook Political Report is an independent, non-partisan newsletter that analyzes elections and campaigns for the US House of Representatives, US Senate, Governors and President as well as American political trends.

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One Response to “* Charley Cook on McCain’s VP choice”

  1. Kevin said

    After talking to some Republicans, they think the VP choice is good. The ones I spoke with think Obama and Biden will not know how to handle her.

    I think they should just address the issues, i.e. no choice under ANY circumstance, creationism, NRA, Iraq and her lack of knowledge, age of a 2X cancer survivor. I believe it will only shore up McBush’s base of NRA, pro-life, evangelicals.

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