In this morning's Washington Post, Dan Balz writes that "John McCain's advisers predicted weeks ago that the presumptive Republican nominee would use his national convention week to try to recapture his image as a maverick reformer and shake up the presidential race. He did just that Friday with his surprise choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate."-
Balz could not be more wrong on two clear counts.
The first clear count, where Balz errs terribly--recapture his image as a maverick reformer--may very well owe to the star-crossed lover's eyes the media has l-o-n-g held for anything McCain. And as everyone knows, "love is blind."-
Consider, just for a moment, the following expressed sentiments on McCain from Republicans* with unquestionable cred:
Thad Cochran (MS): "The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper."-
Col. Larry Wilkerson, aid to Colin Powell: "No dissent, no opinion to the contrary--however reasonable--will be entertained."-
James Dobson, Focus on Family founder: "[McCain] has a legendary temper and often uses foul and obscene language."-
Pat Murphy, former editor of Arizona Republic: "[McCain] has a terrible temper, a guy who whines and pouts unless he gets his way. McCain has a temper that is bombastic, volatile, and purple-faced. Sometimes he gets out of control."-
*These are only a few of the anxious feelings about McCain that have been published from many highly regarded, quite well known Republicans.
So, from among those McCain could choose, other than Palin, were there any who would simply stand by his side silently when McCain might propose some plan or policy that was just plain idiotic, or that they strongly disagreed with? Mitt Romney? Mike Huckabee? Governor Pawlenty?
Or isn't it more likely that, following a confrontation or blow-up, that they'd seize their own sense of self respect and resign?
Sarah Palin will never be the target of one of McCain's tirades because she will never confront the Arizona senator. She'll be the sort of compliant, sweet young thing that John McCain has his entire life sought to have by his side.
Maverick has absolutely nothing to do with it.