And Roger Simon at Politico says McCain has no one to blame but himself for the vice-presidential calamity:
John McCain's campaign is looking for a scapegoat. It is looking for someone to blame if McCain loses on Tuesday. And it has decided on Sarah Palin. In recent days, a McCain "adviser" told Dana Bash of CNN: "She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone." Imagine not taking advice from the geniuses at the McCain campaign. What could Palin be thinking? Also, a "top McCain adviser" told Mike Allen of Politico that Palin is "a whack job."
Maybe she is. But who chose to put this "whack job" on the ticket? Wasn't it John McCain? And wasn't it his first presidential-level decision? And if you are a 72-year-old presidential candidate, wouldn't you expect that your running mate's fitness for high office would come under a little extra scrutiny? And, therefore, wouldn't you make your selection with care? (To say nothing about caring about the future of the nation?)
McCain's error is understandable considering he's an old man who used to be a player and he's on that stuff - Viagra. McCain has a weakness for attractive women like most men and there ain't no telling what subtle moves Palin was putting on McCain, i.e winking, strutting, posing, arching, winding, looping, smiling, licking her lips, et al. You women with skills know what I'm talking about.
He should have let Cindy pick his running mate.
If Palin had been interviewed about foreign policy, the duties of the president and vice-president, the distinct duties of the various branches of government and various other aspects of the republican and Democratic parties there is no way she would have won over the Huckster, Roomey, Crist and many other people. I don't think it's far-reaching to say McCain was blinded by something other than facts, intellect and good judgment.