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McCain's Choice Shows Lack of Judgment

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Palin's selection by presidential candidate John McCain illustrates poor judgment.  What bigger contrast between vice-presidential selections than Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin? John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his vice-presidential pick raises real questions about judgment: George W. Bush chose Dick Cheney because of Bush's own lack of experience and qualifications to be president.  But Sarah Palin's choice by the seventy-two-year-old Republican presidential nominee raises real questions of judgment.

Since FDR's selection of Harry S. Truman as Vice-president in 1944. exactly 45.4%, or a little under half, of a president's choice of his deputy has gone on to become president.  I arrive at that number by counting the total number of presidents elected in their own right from Franklin D. Roosevelt to present (11), counting the number of vice-presidents serving under those eleven men who went on to become president (5), and dividing the vice-presidents-turned-presidents by the total presidential administrations counted (11).

Further, almost thirty percent (27.2%) of those vice-presidents who became president themselves did so by law (when the president died in office or was assassinated or resigned): FDR/Truman, Kennedy/Johnson, Nixon/Ford. It is also worthwhile to point out that both Ford and Reagan were targets of assassination threats where actual bullets were fired: although Ford escaped unharmed, Reagan was wounded.

Considering that record combined with the fact that John McCain at 72 years shall be the oldest elected president by four years (in other words, an entire presidential term), it seems his choice of a novice, Palin, is reckless and irresponsible: exactly the type of choice America cannot afford given the current domestic and international crises facing the United States.

Moreover, Palin is under investigation by Alaska state authorities for allegedly seeking to fire a former brother-in-law from the state police (ala US attorney firings at the US Justice Department under the current Bush Administration) and is considered a hardline ideologue with little appetite for compromise.

The vice-president's duties under the United States Constitution are to succeed the president upon incapacity and to preside over the US Senate. Palin is not qualified to be president and is too ideological to preside over the US Senate: the world's greatest deliberative body.

All said, an irresponsible choice by McCain. 

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Strange that John McCain should be playing "i... by Constance Lavender on Saturday, Aug 30, 2008 at 7:38:00 AM
Just a wild guess .... you think that Cheney turne... by Alan Williams on Saturday, Aug 30, 2008 at 2:26:05 PM
I think nothing of the sort, but thanks for guessi... by Constance Lavender on Saturday, Aug 30, 2008 at 6:49:12 PM
I worked on the Mondale/Ferraro campaign as a coll... by Constance Lavender on Saturday, Aug 30, 2008 at 6:54:02 PM
Palin supported Alaska's new state sales tax w... by Constance Lavender on Saturday, Aug 30, 2008 at 7:51:18 PM
So issuing gas cards is bad, but providing governm... by UncleSim on Sunday, Aug 31, 2008 at 5:33:03 PM
My personal support or lack of support for any of ... by Constance Lavender on Sunday, Aug 31, 2008 at 6:58:18 PM
First off we got a 1200.00 energy assistance bump ... by Keith Hupp on Saturday, Aug 30, 2008 at 9:45:32 PM
Well, as Republicans keep on reminding us, we'll h... by Constance Lavender on Sunday, Aug 31, 2008 at 7:04:48 PM
Actually, I'm sure it gets cold up there! ... by Constance Lavender on Sunday, Aug 31, 2008 at 7:24:17 PM
Here's a guy who may already have terminal c... by Bia Winter on Sunday, Aug 31, 2008 at 10:01:29 AM
What does it say when a former beauty queen with l... by Bill Cain on Sunday, Aug 31, 2008 at 10:42:33 AM
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHO MC-CAIN PICKS FOR VP, AS... by rich racer on Sunday, Aug 31, 2008 at 5:21:12 PM
...US Senate: the world's greatest deliberativ... by UncleSim on Sunday, Aug 31, 2008 at 5:25:44 PM
...perhaps, but I doubt it.... by Constance Lavender on Sunday, Aug 31, 2008 at 7:10:52 PM
Biden has twice run for the Democratic nomination ... by don bybee on Sunday, Aug 31, 2008 at 9:01:19 PM
ROFLMAO  You gotta be kiddin' me.  T... by Joe Reeser on Monday, Sep 1, 2008 at 7:04:02 AM
PALIN-DOMINIONIST STALKING HORSE Look at this... by Raffie Azariel on Monday, Sep 1, 2008 at 10:16:55 PM
I would not be surprised, given the political lean... by Bia Winter on Tuesday, Sep 2, 2008 at 8:24:04 AM
.....the good news for Gov. Palin is no one can ac... by Constance Lavender on Wednesday, Sep 3, 2008 at 5:48:23 PM