When McCain selected Palin as his vice-presidential nominee, my reaction was that it was a good August choice, but a bad October choice. That thought wasn't original with me. It was from a column by David Broder who wrote back in 2000 that a Democratic operative had told him that about Gore selecting Lieberman instead of Edwards. Well, Palin isn't even making it to October. Here it is September, and conservative pundits are asking her to get off the ticket.
One of the latest is Fareed Zakira of Newsweek magazine. He has an article up on the Newsweek website headlined "Palin Is Ready? Please." This is from the article:
Will someone please put Sarah Palin out of her agony? Is it too much to ask that she come to realize that she wants, in that wonderful phrase in American politics, "to spend more time with her family"? Having stayed in purdah for weeks, she finally agreed to a third interview. CBS's Katie Couric questioned her in her trademark sympathetic style. It didn't help
Another conservative, Kathleen Parker who writes for the National Review, wrote a column headlined "Palin Problem". This is from that article:
As we’ve seen and heard more from John McCain’s running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn’t know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion.
Now, of course, McCain can't ask Palin to get off the ticket because the wingnut base of his Party adores her. Further, not only do they adore her, but they are not too crazy about him. Their recent enthusiam for the GOP ticket is because of Sarah, not Johnny. Her leaving the ticket would really tick them off and lead to them not coming out in November. Not only would this doom McCain, it would hurt every down-ballot Republican.
So, what was being lauded as a brillant choice less than a month ago is now being seen as a diaster by McCain's allies. Meanwhile, the choice of Joe Biden looks better and better.