You’d think John McCain would take the hint that America doesn’t care for his thoughts on who would make a good president. And yet, yesterday he was on CNN extolling his former
“I think she’s keeping her options open and I think she should,” Mr. McCain said of the former Alaska governor who burst onto the national political scene when he chose her as his vice president pick in his 2008 bid for the White House. “She’s a powerful political force,” Mr. McCain said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Mr. McCain and Ms. Palin, along with their proxies, have since had a sometimes rocky relationship during and after the 2008 campaign, but on Sunday Mr. McCain had only nice things to say about Ms. Palin, who is doing a publicity tour for her new book, “America By Heart.” On Saturday, she was in West Des Moines, Iowa, fueling speculation that she picked the Hawkeye State — whose caucuses start the presidential nominating season — because she is planning to run in 2012.
Of course her options are open, she quit the governorship and TLC has a very lax shooting schedule. And how tonedeaf could her handlers get? For a book titled “America By Heart” you don’t START the book tour in the heartland, you END it there! Big homecoming! Smiles! Cheers! Speeches about “good to be back among REAL ‘mericans!” This crap writes itself*, and she and her team are too fumble-fingered to competently showcase her one conceivable selling point.
And poor McCain. A lifetime of public service, innumerable bad laws bearing his name, and his biggest legacy will be gifting America with this dim bulb? For the record, I have no problem with Palin ‘weighing in’ as a commentator, pundit, or author. But the idea that she’s a serious politician, or has anything substantive to say, is silly. We’ve already seen how one unqualified narcissist runs the country, why on earth would we want another one?
In fairness, though, Palin isn’t the only overblown shallow-thinker. At Crispy On The Outside, Baylen takes down one of her critics.
*Although it pays handsomely for a ghostwriter, apparently one of the few “Real ‘Mericans” living near the ocean. I bet Palin’s first draft was in crayon.