Sunday, July 05, 2009

Palin Quits, McCain Recalled

David Waldman's post July 3 on dailykos about Sarah Palin was intended to slam the Governor. That is always a worthy, and enticingly easy, endeavor, but the piece is valuable for two other reasons.

Palin's abrupt resignation as Governor of Alaska reminds Waldman of John McCain's non-suspension suspension of his presidential campaign over the financial crisis, noting he is "astonished that they were ever considered a legitimate presidential ticket."

But of course that is in large measure why McCain-Palin was defeated by Obama-Biden. When the Arizona Senator panicked, the contrast with the other ticket, of calm, competent adults, became apparent.

The best part, however, is Waldman's conclusion: "Rumor has it that you quit for an offer of $50 an hour to go pick lettuce in Yuma for the whole season. But I think you can't do it, my friend." Like Palin's bewildering abdication of her job on
July 3, that reference to an April, 2006 appearance (video below) before a union audience by the 2008 Republican presidential nominee is a reminder of the catastrophe that was averted on November 4, 2008.

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