Just a though after reading the Halperin book review in the NYT...
How could it be possible that a candidate as utterly unqualified/unable as McCain could even get within a galaxy of the presidency? And how could someone as even more unqualified and inappropriate as Palin end up as the running mate?
To me, this is not only a complete failure of our political system, but a complete damnation of the Republican party and their total disregard for the country.
And yet they continue to wield an inordinate amount of power - either through intimidation, ineffective media, or people who are so disconnected from reality and ability to think that they want to return them to power.
I don't mean to generalize but it seems there has been a long campaign going on to dumb down America. We see very little cognitive thinking. How many of us have a conversation with someone who spouts off their emotional thoughts but when asked a concrete question can't give an answer. In my humble opinion, we are in deep dog doo. It seems to me the people are getting what the people want. It is very sad and scary for those of us who look more broadly at a picture.
After being wrong about everything the last 8 years, McCain is treated as the voice of authority on all matters (much like Lieberman). And after it is obvious Palin is an idiot she still commands the spotlight as a political star.
13. Republicans may have seen both winning and losing as favorable positions
The country was in a terrible position economically and involved in two wars, and the voters were finally beginning to realize who created that mess. By nominating two people unlikely to win the election, they could pass the problems off to the Democrats for four years. (I think the fact that they didn't try a last-minute "October surprise" of cooked-up scandal is significant. In addition, I don't recall many reports of voter harassment in the minority community or sneaky business with voting machines.) Then after obstructing and criticizing their way through Obama's first term, spinning everything as his fault, they thought they'd be in a good position to take over again in 2012.
If by some chance McCain and Palin had happened to win anyway, Republicans would have remained in control (probably with Cheney wielding a lot of power behind the scenes).
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