One could honestly wonder whose side Sen. John McCain is on this election. Yesterday, McCain gave Mitt Romney a bit of unsolicited (and unhinged) advice on how to beat Barack Obama: do what I did in 2008. McCain went on CBS This Morning and said that the best thing Romney could do it to pick Sarah Palin as a running mate. He appears to be making a joke but one wonders what is more interesting: the fact that McCain might suggest it or that his prior running mate is now an obvious joke as a disastrous choice for a candidate.
When asked to suggest some names on Wednesday, McCain initially offered only one: “I think it should be Sarah Palin.” he laughs at the thought of it.
Palin quit her job as governor of Alaska before completing her first term and started a reality show instead. She has made millions ridiculing “intellectuals” and wrapping herself in a proud cloak of ignorance on policy issues. As a result, she has become one of the most polarizing figures in American politics. Yet that is the person McCain wants Romney to pick to run in what would at best be a close election.
Despite widespread views that Palin cost McCain critical percentage points in the 2008 race, McCain long seemed to have embraced a clinical form of denial and refused to accept that he made a colossal mistake. Of course, it would immediately improve the employment numbers by guaranteeing work for Tina Fey.
For my part, I believe it is the most inspired suggestion since Christopher Walken insisted that what was missing from the Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper” was a cow bell.