Now we know that John McCain has been lying to us all along. As the Sarah Palin nomination for Vice-President makes obvious, John McCain has no interest in putting "Country First." Unless, I suppose, that you think McCain actually believes that the barely removed mayor of a hamlet in Alaska is the most qualified Republican to be one beat away from his 72 year old heart and the presidency.
The issue is not Governor Palin's (lack of) qualifications to be Vice-President. The issue is about McCain's judgement. For more on that, there are three excellent posts here, here, and here.) The Palin nomination is dishonest, reckless, arrogant, selfish, and insulting (particularly to women and military families). Obama and Biden would be wise to keep the focus on McCain's judgement rather than attacking Sarah Palin. Frankly, I think Palin is being used by McCain.
One other thing…with the Palin nomination McCain has made it perfectly clear that he is not interested in the issues that effect the American people or in discussing the policies to address those issues. Here is an August Rasmussen poll on the top 10 issues that interest voters. The top 5 issues are: Economy, National Security/War on Terror, Government Ethics and Corruption, Iraq, and Healthcare. Does anybody really think that Sarah Palin has anything to add to the national dialogue on these issues? Well nobody knows, I guess. Particularly McCain, since he met her just once before offering her a place on the ticket.
Can we finally stop talking about McCain being a straight-talking maverick? He is a selfish, desperate politician who will do or say anything to get elected. And he does not mind putting our country at risk to get what he wants.
UPDATE: The McCain campaign just announced that Sarah Palin's 17 year old daughter is 5 months pregnant. Here is Barack Obama's response from a press conference:
I have heard some of the news on this and so let me be as clear as possible. I have said before and I will repeat again, I think people's families are off limits, and people's children are especially off limits. This shouldn't be part of our politics, it has no relevance to governor Palin's performance as a governor or her potential performance as a vice president. And so I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. You know my mother had me when she was 18. And how family deals with issues and teenage children that shouldn't be the topic of our politics and I hope that anybody who is supporting me understands that is off limits.
Now that's something we can all agree on.