The following from editorial of the NYT pretty much sums up my disgust with McCain's choice of a running mate. What depresses me no end is that it looks like it is going to work. You would think we would have learned by now, but apparently not. (most of it, the rest at the link. btw-anyone know how to embed urls?)
But that is not what troubled us most about her remarks " and, remember, if they were scripted, that just means that they reflect Mr. McCain’s views all the more closely. Rather, it was the sense that thoughtfulness, knowledge and experience are handicaps for a president in a world populated by Al Qaeda terrorists, a rising China, epidemics of AIDS, poverty and fratricidal war in the developing world and deep economic distress at home.
Ms. Palin talked repeatedly about never blinking. When Mr. McCain asked her to run for vice president? “You have to be wired in a way of being so committed to the mission,” she said, that “you can’t blink.”
Fighting terrorism? “We must do whatever it takes, and we must not blink, Charlie, in making those tough decisions of where we go and even who we target.”
Her answers about why she had told her church that President Bush’s failed policy in Iraq was “God’s plan” did nothing to dispel our concerns about her confusion between faith and policy. Her claim that she was quoting a completely unrelated comment by Lincoln was absurd.
This nation has suffered through eight years of an ill-prepared and unblinkingly obstinate president. One who didn’t pause to think before he started a disastrous war of choice in Iraq. One who blithely looked the other way as the Taliban and Al Qaeda regrouped in Afghanistan. One who obstinately cut taxes and undercut all efforts at regulation, unleashing today’s profound economic crisis.
In a dangerous world, Americans need a president who knows that real strength requires serious thought and preparation.
Obviously beating up on McCain by comparing him to Bush even though it is true and even more so in regards to Palin, is not working. Time to get back to what Obama did in the primaries talk about what is wrong and how we are going to change the direction of the last years and just leave all the personal politics aside. People responded better when he didn't go negative.