Ever since McCain chose Palin as his VP, after meeting her only once and having only one conversation on the phone, it reminded me of something. I couldn't remember exactly what it reminded me of, but then I figured it out: Bush. Bush has made rash exclamations and decisions throughout his 8 years in the Oval Office.
Does anyone remember the first time Bush met Putin? Bush was smitten with the Russian President. He said, "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue...I got a sense of his soul."
Trustworthy? Sense of his soul? Looked the man in the eye? How Mr. Bush, did you arrive at those decisions? McCain has said similar things about Palin, a woman he barely knows. McCain either made a very calculated decision to pick a VP who could be viewed by the public sympathetically and look at her as a victim in the media or he made rash decision in a crucial moment displaying the way he will make decisions if he becomes president.
Whether or not McCain knew that Palin had all this baggage, is it really a good decision as president to make such controversial and compulsive choice as his first decision as president?
This also reminded me of Bush's decision to go to war. Bush decided to go to war in spite of the horrible intelligence about WMD and terrorists, or he chose to ignore certain intelligence. Similarly McCain has chosen a VP without sufficient intelligence. He was surprised in the media by news about her daughter, it should have been fronted, and he chose a woman with practically no record on the most important issues facing our country today.
Bush has made a series of irrational and compulsive decisions in his foreign policy with the world. More than any other aspect of the presidency, foreign relations are perhaps the most important function of a president. She or he is the face of our nation for four years.
My concern is that we have a presidential nominee who made his first executive decision, picking a number two, with a certain lack of care and analysis that is reminiscent of Bush's cowboy foreign policy. Bush ignored world input and invaded a country. Bush makes decisions about a person's trustworthiness based on single meetings. Bush ignores the potential for backlash when making decisions in foreign policy. All of the these characteristics are present in McCain's decision to choose Palin as his running mate.
McCain made a judgment about Palin's character after a meeting and a phone call. McCain assumed that Hillary supporters would blindly support him with a woman on the ticket. And it seems that McCain made the decision with bad intelligence about Palin's thin background.
Palin is not a relative unknown, she is THE unknown. She has given at a minimum moral support for an Alaskan Separatist movement, she supports keeping AK-47s and M-16s and other assault weapons legal. She supports creationist curriculum and doesn't believe global warming is even being accelerated let alone caused by human activity. She believes that no woman should ever have the CHOICE to have an abortion. She believed in the bridge to nowhere before she was against it. She hired lobbyists to collect pork for a town of 7000.
That's all we know about her. We don't know what she thinks about the US economy. We don't know what she thinks about government spending. We don't know what she thinks about foreign policy. Hell, I don't even know where she went to school or what her degree is in.
Do we want a president who will choose as his number two someone who he has only met once? Is that putting Country First? I don't think so. No one can make a decision about whether or not someone is prepared to be president based on a single interview and meeting. Bush's opinion of Putin in 2001 after meeting him only once was that Putin was trustworthy. I guarantee he has a different opinion of him today, after working with him for eight years.
There is a very high probability that Palin will become president if McCain is elected. Nearly 1/3 of all presidents have died in office. That means that 1/3 of all VPs have become president. McCain will be the oldest first term president in history. The last time we had a 70+ year old in office we had a president with Alzheimer's disease after an assassination attempt.
Is Sarah Palin, someone who McCain only met once, really prepared to be president? Would you choose her as your number two? McCain thinks that he can determine after one meeting and one phone call that a person should be entrusted with a 33% chance to be president if he gets elected. That is a horrible decision and I think it is a good indicator of what kind of president McCain will be.
Don't forget Bush's quote, "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy." That is a quote about Vladamir Putin, sounds just like McCain's choice of Palin as his VP.