Here's a classic case of Republican projection of its own cynical thinking--Karl Rove predicting Obama's VP pick:
Rove singled out Virginia governor Tim Kaine, also a Face The Nation guest, as an example of such a pick.
"With all due respect again to Governor Kaine, he's been a governor for three years, he's been able but undistinguished," Rove said. "I don't think people could really name a big, important thing that he's done. He was mayor of the 105th largest city in America." (h/t TPM--also video there sourcing Rove's quote.)
Bush 1 picked Dan Quayle out of smug complacency; McCain seems to have picked Palin out of desperation. I'm not seeing the upside here for the GOP of this Palin choice. I know they have no problem picking unqualified ideologues to do important jobs. (Who cares if they screw up so long as those no-bid contracts keep coming?) I know the McCain people are not politically stupid, but this is a play to the base when the battle is for the middle. Do they think that this choice will attract enough women and angry Hillary supporters from the middle? To me it's counterintuitive and enhances the McCain has bad judgment argument. Anybody want to lay out the counterargument. I haven't read anything yet I find convincing. but I'm sure there's a valid counterargument
UPDATE: RU Insane? How about this for twisted thinking that tries to justify the pick:
I am kind of amazed that the Democrats have decided to directly attack Governor Palin’s experience. Someone should remind them who they nominated for President.
In fact, I can see the GOP cutting an ad talking about how Sarah Palin made a difference in changing Alaska, and asking Barack Obama whether he’s done as much to change Illinois. The answer might well be: no.
I realize, of course, that she’s totally unqualified to be President at this point in time. If McCain were to die in February 2009, I hope Palin would have the good sense to appoint someone who is more ready to be President to be her Vice President, on the understanding that she would then resign and be appointed Vice President by her successor. (Lest anyone say that this is an absurd, unconstitutional or undemocratic scenario, recognize that this is pretty much what would happen in a Parliamentary system where, if the head of government dies, a successor is chosen by the party.) Palin is absolutely not ready to be President now, but that is a problem that is very easily dealt with if she is and the governing party want to do so. (h/t Sullivan)
The kind of argument that equates Obama's level of experience with Palin's inexperience is only convincing to seventh graders or people with the mind of seventh graders. Schmidt/McCain might be making the cynical bet that there are enough Americans whose thinking has not progressed beyond that level, but I think they have miscalculated. I know people have tried to make a big deal about Obama's inexperience, but isn't it more about being qualified? Experience contributes to one's qualifications, but it's not the only or most important thing. Does any serious person question Obama's qualifications at this point? Does any serious person think that Palin is qualified to take over if McCain dies?
Apparently Palin enthusiast Millman quoted above doesn't think so. The whole resignation after appointing a successor pledge is a hoot, and a perfect example of the kind of intellectual knots a certain kind of conservative will tie himself up in to justify the absurdity of his positions. If we follow this guy's logic, Obama should resign on the first day of office so the more experienced Joe Biden can take over.