Sarah Palin Cost McCain the Election (UPDATE1)
UPDATE 1: Added paragraph about McCain's motivations
Not because she is retarded. Not because she has the policy acumen of your average hockey mom, but because she has no experience. The morning she was selected I knew it was all over for John Sidney McCain III.
See, you can argue that the Biden selection was a semi-cynical ploy to beef up the Obama ticket's foreign policy credentials, but I don't see how it helps with the current economic situation.
No, the Palin selection undermined the most effective argument the McCain campaign had. This argument had been used by all the major McCain supporters. Before that it had been used extensively by the campaign of Hilary Clinton. It was an argument that made me worry. It was an argument which I know was influencing some people who might not have wanted to vote for Obama for other reasons (racism, Hillary supporters).
The Palin selection undermined the experience argument completely.
So, we have three choices. We can believe that McCain had no idea about what every Republican in America was saying about Obama and experience. We can believe that this choice was forced on him by Ralph Reed, or the likes of him. Or we can believe that John Sidney McCain the Third wanted the Democrats to win. The most generous answer, of course, is the last. And if it is true, we should thank John McCain. : And even if it isn't, we should thank him for a mostly decent fight.