The end of Sarah Palin: A reader [to One Episcopalian on Faith] writes and Andrew Sullivan agrees
A reader writes:
Imagine this. McCain shows up for the debate and announces that Palin has withdrawn for the good of the country. He has asked Senator Richard Shelby to be his vice president because he has the credentials to help solve the economic crisis. Shelby opposes the bailout as does a significant percentage of the population. Shelby has a better plan than the one cooked up by Paulson and the liberal Democrats, McCain explains. McCain must go back to Washington to work with him and must cut the debate short. Point-set-match.
Andrew Sullivan writes in the Daily Dish:
I’ve thought from about two days after her selection that she would have to withdraw at some point.
The trouble with this is that McCain would have to concede that he didn’t vet her, made his decision impulsively based on no real knowledge of her, and that his first serious judgment as a presidential candidate was so monumentally irresponsible that it doesn’t just disqualify her for the vice-presidency. It disqualifies him for the presidency.
Hence the insane campaign since. They are improvising and gambling just to keep alive for another news cycle. No strategy; no policy; no judgment. It really should be over – and Obama should have double-digit lead.
I disagree with Sullivan that McCain would need to concede that he didn’t vet her. She will be forgotten quickly. Now I don’t know if Shelby would be the pick but it would definitely be someone with strong economic and banking knowledge.