I was particularly interested in her defense team's effort to push back the doubters. Cindy McCain, for example, thought that Palin could easily step into John's shoes on foreign policy inasmuch as Alaska was practically the next-door neighbor of Russia. If need be with our overstretched military, I suppose, it would be a simple matter to invite an armada of gondolas from the Italian navy to protect the Bering Strait. And as long as we're on the subject of protecting us from our enemies, I thought the comment by a Republican delegate from Wooster was worth a couple of stars. She liked McCain, she said, because he would know what to do in the the event we are attacked. Lady, we've already tried that!
Now there are reports in the Washington Post, New York Times and elsewhere that the vetting of Palin's personal history was as sloppy as a hastily arranged fire drill. The Times said he chose Palin "moments" after his only face-to-face meeting despite the fact that he really wanted Joe Lieberman. (It is reminiscent of the moment Bush looked into Putin's heart and instantly declared him to be a decent pal.) Poor Joe. It was a brutal snub after he and Lindsey Graham had fluttered around McCain like seraphim during the primaries.
Will there be more to come? Probably. Think how much easier it would have been to close the gender gap if he had been independent enough to choose, say, Susan Collins or Olympia Snowe of Maine. He didn't. Instead, the proud "maverick" paid servile homage to the ever-demanding Big Brother of Republican politics.