Some of LM3/1 faithful readers have posted varying disagreements, which I always appreciate.
First, I underestimated McCain as a tactician.
In one bold move, he stopped the news media's slavish and unthinking devotion to The One, by simply offering them a better story.
Though Obama's acceptance, attached leech-like to the 40th anniversary of MLK's "Dream" speech, was acclaimed as the "most important speech of is life", no one remembers a single word of it now.
As a candidate who has been running for two years instead of earning his salary as a US Senator, Barack Obama's act has exceeded its shelf life on the campaign trail. He became a pathetic self-parody far more quickly than John "Reporting for Duty" Kerry.
However, this late in the race, the Palin gambit might prove enough of an edge in what promises to be the nation's third, consecutive, close election.
But still, as I wrote two days ago, she has yet to face the left-wing, piranha news media.
But, secondly, and worse, I have apparently long misread conservative leadership.... and I don't mean Republicans.
I wrote that "(Palin) would do nothing to fire up the conservative base, and all McCain would be able to say (over and over) is..."she's a woman."
I was half wrong.. she did indeed "fire up the conservative base". But by choosing her and her paper-thin resume, McCain is playing "identity politics", just like Obama, Hillary Clinton and all other democrats.
It's now official... at this extremely critical point in our history, both parties now favor style over substance in presidential tickets.
I did not believe that the hard-core conservatives (James Dobson, Ann Coulter, Rick Santorum) who had stridently vowed to stay home rather than vote for McCain, would now flip in a matter of hours and rush to board the SS McCain-Palin with virtually no vetting. In fairness, Coulter apparently has not commented, but that itself is suspicious.
Among intelligent adults, such "gushing" is unseemly.
"Alaska's Babe Governor on McCain VP List" --- Limbaugh web headline.
I'll admit to being surprised that true conservative voices, like Rush Limbaugh no less, were instantly all atwitter at the first glimpse of a shapely ankle not encased in a pantsuit.
To leap to such political hosannas, these conservatives have to ignore every charge that they have leveled at Obama... to wit: he's an empty suit, bereft of anything approaching qualifications for president and commander-in-chief.
Such intellectual dishonesty is akin to dems, when the draft-dodging Bill Clinton was running, screaming that his lack military service meant nothing. But when John Kerry ran, military service became the most important qualification since 1776; and they proceeded to excoriate President Bush for "only" being a Air National Guard fighter pilot.
These conservatives justify this position by claiming that two years as governor of a small, politically unimportant state with three electoral votes, and service as the "commander-in-chief" of the Alaska National Guard far surpasses the Obama resume.
Moreover, Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, so thoroughly incompetent during Katrina, was commander-in-chief of the National Guard for eight years. And let us not forget that Screamin' Howie Dean was for two terms CnC Vermont National Guard... all three hundred of them.
Does that mean they are far more qualified to be one heart beat from the presidency? Do we want either of them answering the 3 a.m. phone call?
Is Nagin qualified to be vice president?
There is no question of whom I support in this election... the not Obama candidate; if that means McCain-Palin, that's fine, but it also means that I'm reassessing what it means to be a conservative in this country and exactly who they might be.