Monday, September 01, 2008

Letting It Ride

Two of our favorite degenerate GOP touts here at IIRTZ, David Broder and Bill Kristol, each checks in on the Sarah Palin nomination this morning from the racecourse of presidential politics in his mind. Here's The Dean:

John McCain has flummoxed the leaders of his Republican Party and most of the media by picking Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. It's a choice no other candidate conceivably could have made -- a typical McCain gamble, unpredictable in its consequences.

Again McCain's utter obscurity and unpredictability is cast, as with every other imaginable Republican flaw, as a feature not a bug: Bold, mavericky McCain goes all in! What a president that crazy son-of-a-bitch would make!!@1!

Kristol too, mesmerized by the cojones on display, is prepared to take a flyer on "the fly-boy":
The Palin pick already, as Noemie Emery wrote, "Wipes out the image of McCain as the crotchety elder and brings back that of the fly-boy and gambler, which is much more appealing, and the genuine person." But of course McCain needs Palin to do well to prove he's a shrewd and prescient gambler.
Just what we need: another "shrewd and prescient gambler" for preznit. For publishing such a line, Bill Kristol should be taken tomorrow morning at dawn to New Orleans' Third Ward and shot in the face with Dick Cheney's shotgun.

The stakes in this great game? Kristol spells them out on behalf of both of our trusty journalists:
McCain has gambled boldly on Palin. If she flops, McCain could lose by a landslide.

On the other hand, if Palin exceeds expectations, and her selection ends up looking both bold and wise, McCain could win.
That's it. That's the full extent of the analysis either of these two serious people makes of McCain choosing a political novice as his potential successor as President of the United States of America: bold move, could help McCain, could hurt McCain.

As for the interests of the nation, the world? What was it Obama said Thursday night?-- a GOP society is a "You're on your own" society. I guess we'll have to figure out the Palin implications for ourselves. GOP touts do odds, not substance.

Oh, and don't forget to vote.

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