Saturday, August 30, 2008
Palin ReconsideredOvernight my feelings about this choice have changed a little bit.
I still think it was a reckless move for McCain to pick someone he doesn't even know - they spoke with each other just twice according to his campaign team... However, I will give him credit for this - in picking a woman, McCain has done something the GOP ought to have done 20 years ago.
After 8 years of watching the GOP turn back the clock, any sign of progress is worth celebrating. Unfortunately, the progress represented by this move is mitigated by the extreme positions Palin embraces.
Just look at how excited the lunatic fringe is about her.
Palin supported Pat Buchanan in the general election of 1999, and as Jon Chait at The New Republic reminds us:
This isn't like supporting Buchanan in the GOP primary. When Palin was supporting him, Buchanan was running as a third (actually, fourth) party insurgent, appealing to conservatives who thought George W. Bush was too moderate. This suggests that she's not just a run-of-the-mill movement conservative but a hard-core right-winger. (emphasis added)One thing is clear - this move to the right means Americans will face a clear choice in November.
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