You watch all that crup? (Well so do I for both the dems and reps. Don't have cable so I rely on 3 hours of PBS coverage per night for the conventions).
My own view is that most of the GOP guys that the base wanted like Romney or Giuliani would be a drag in the general election. Lieberman would be a ticket I would like in theory, but it would be a drag both with the base and with the independents who are tired of Joe. Ridge might be a little to tied to Bush.
Pawlenty would be an interesting choice. A little lacking in experience. But I think it would be a turn off for the base. Most people have a lot of prejudice in them. Usually they just ascribe it to being unsure if the other person has the same values they do. It takes a long time for someone who is not white to be vetted by the public to the point where he or she is accepted. To become someone beyond race like Condi Rice, Colin Powell, Tiger Woods or Obama.
I know I'm using african americans as an example. But I'm sure the republican base would have the same feelings about an Indian American. There just would not be enough time to introduce him to the american people. The base would not turn out sufficiently for McCain to be elected. (Both parties do a lot of polling on this type of issue)
Palin always intrigue me when her name was mentioned. Her name has been bounced around for the past 6 months. I don't give a dang that she has a pregnant 17 year old daughter. Although I have some concerns that Palin would decide to make her the most famous pregnant 17 year old in the country. I also wonder if they teach sex ed in Alaska. But these issues are trivial.
I am far more concerned the she is aligned with the axis of stupidity in the rep party. The Govenator (Schwarzenegger) believes in global warming and Bush is no longer denying it. Did you see the answers to my global warming question? Complete denial by Y!A supporters of Palin. It was laughable.
Quite frankly, the most pressing long term threat to this nation and the well-being of the human race are environmental. What are the consequences of global warming? Loss of drinking water, crop failures, drought, famine, migration, immagration, war. What are the consequences of global warming and ocean acidification combined with current fishing techniques? Loss of most of the fish in the sea, large scale ecosystem collapse, an ocean full of jelly fish.
I think McCain picked Palin on a whim. Please the base, divert the remainder. But I have seen too much denial of reality by this administration. If Palin proves to be one of them, I will not vote for McCain.
On one side of the spectrum we have the kooks and on the other the crazyies. And right now there seem to be more of the crazies. How have so many failed to be well-educated? At least the democrats are more likely to be reality based.
I still see McCain as a maverick. But he is willing to compromise to win. Most people in his situation would do the same. If he can't get elected, what is the point in chosing the best person to lead the country if he could no longer lead?