If...you were putting your country first, would you put an untested small-town mayor a heartbeat from the presidency?No, not an envious Democrat in the Barack Obama camp, but no less than David Frum, former speech writer to President George Dubya Bush, commenting on John McCain's surprise choice as running mate for the White House (from today's Sunday Times).
As the less-than-impressed Frum and other senior Republicans have pointed out, having an relative unknown as VP candidate rather undermines the Republican's own campaign slogan: ‘Country First’.
Few outside Alaska knew Sarah Palin before McCain unveiled her on Friday - including it seems Mr McCain himself!
McCain reportedly met the former beauty queen just once before choosing her as his candidate for Vice-President, in what is arguably the most important judgement call he has ever made.
Whether Sarah proves to be an inspired choice or a costly mistake will be a matter for the voters in November.
But, if 72-year-old McCain becomes President and dies in office, it would be Sarah Palin who would take over the most powerful office on earth and become Commander-in-Chief of US Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. And it would be Sarah's finger on the nuclear button.
Is that why they call America the land of opportunity...?
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