David Frum is a conservative and was one of George W. Bush's speechwriters. He writes for conservative publications and conservative websites. Here's a question he raised in his National Review Online diary:
But question: If it were your decision, and you were putting your country first, would you put an untested small-town mayor a heartbeat away from the presidency?
He also states the following in his diary:
But maybe (and at least as likely) it will reinforce a theme that I'd be pounding home if I were the Obama campaign: that it's John McCain for all his white hair who represents the risky choice, while it is Barack Obama who offers cautious, steady, predictable governance.
The way to respond to the Palin selection as VP is not to focus on her inexperience, but to focus on how her selection doesn't square with what McCain said that he wanted from a VP. He said that he wanted a VP who was ready to become president. Obviously, given his attacks on Obama's supposed lack of experience, he can't say that Palin is ready to be president. So, why select her?
Well, he decided to change his mind on the necessity for experience in his VP pick for the same reason he has changed his mind about reversing Roe v. Wade, or on supporting Bush's tax cuts, or on his own immigration bill: He wants to be President and he will do virtually anything to reach that goal.
As David Frum asks: Are these the acts of a man who puts country first?