David M. Delaney: Not a serious pick


Published: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 8:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 1, 2008 at 8:44 p.m.

John McCain's selection of Gov. Palin is not a serious pick for serious times.

The twin pillars of John McCain's campaign have been that 1) Senator Obama is not ready to lead and 2) that John McCain has always put country first. The selection of Governor Palin obliterates both of those rationales for his election.

Regarding the first, it has been painful to watch politicians of former serious stature (e.g. Jack Kemp) try to tout Palin's "executive experience" or proclaim knowingly that her state borders on Russia, as if she her role as Commander in Chief of the Alaskan National Guard has prepared her to stare down Putin. Her political resume makes Obama's relatively short tenure on the national stage look subtantial.

Regarding McCain's second argument, is there anyone in this country who believes that Gov. Palin is THE most qualified candidate to be VP? Is there anyone who believes she is in the top 50? If you can acknowledge that John McCain passed over other more qualified candidates to serve as presidential advisor, president of the Senate, and a heartbeat away from the presidency, then you have to ask yourself why he did that?

The only possible answer is that he chose Governor Palin purely for political benefit to get himself elected. If John McCain's personal ambition to be President trumps selecting the most qualified people for his administration, then he has stopped putting country first. His failure to acknowledge these facts is yet another sign that The Straight Talk Express has derailed. In modern parlance, mark Friday as the

day John McCain "jumped the shark."

David M. Delaney,

Gainesville

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