A 15 Minute Meeting and a Phone Call

Many bloggers are focusing on Sarah Palin the person instead of noticing the major failure of John McCain's first major Presidential decision and how it opposes his core message of "America First".

First McCain states what the key element is in selecting a VP.

...McCain said: "I think about whether that person who I select would be most prepared to take my place. And that would be the key criteria [sic]."

http://www.salon.com/opinion/conason/200 8/08/30/palin/

Another advisor, Charlie Black, said McCain and Palin spent about 90 minutes in a meeting with about six other governors and then spoke privately for about 15 minutes that night at a reception.

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Finally, working from his home in Phoenix, McCain arranged to speak with Palin by telephone Sunday while she was at the Alaska State Fair.

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On Thursday morning, McCain and his wife invited Palin and her aide to their 15-acre compound near Sedona. McCain was so impressed, Hazelbaker said, that he formally invited the Alaskan to join his ticket at 11 a.m., when they were on the deck of the McCain family home.

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la- na-mccainveep30-2008aug30,0,923381.story

So John McCain, whose new motto of "America First",  stated that the VP position would be offered to someone who was "most prepared to take my place, and that would be the key criteria", and acknowledges that his age is a legitimate concern.  

Who knows the primary obligation of the POTUS is to keep America safe and secure, and that a VP has assumed that role 25% of the time, chose his Vice Presidential pick of the United States of America based on a 15 minute meeting and a phone call!

Now I know in today's society "time" is valuable commodity and we all have made rushed decisions in are daily life, but come on.

Here's a list of things I wouldn't make a decision on based on a 15 meeting and a phone call, let alone a choice for Vice Presidency of the United States of America:

A new car

LCD or Plasma

A baby-sitter

Hard-wood floors or carpet

Health/Life/Car insurance

Blackberry or Iphone

What college I attend

Eat in or go out

A new job

A new puppy

Marriage

What tie goes with my shirt

A mechanic

My will

A Pre-school for my children

Cable or Direct TV

Add your own, but you get the point.

The concern shouldn't be focused on Palin,  as all we are doing is lowering expectations of her for her speech on Wednesday and her future appearances.

The real concern is that John McCain made the choice of selecting someone who is a heartbeat away from being the Leader of the Free World based on a 15 minute meeting and a phone call.

Tags: 2008 General Election, mccain, Palin, Vice President (all tags)

Comments

24 Comments

Tips and all that jazz..

by hootie4170 2008-09-02 03:18PM | 0 recs
Sure...

You deserve it, hootie. We need to remember to not fall into the smoke & mirrors of the personal stuff... And remember the reasons why McCain-Palin = Bush-Cheney.

by atdleft 2008-09-02 04:45PM | 0 recs
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"LCD or Plasma"

Hell, I spent almost a month, poured over the net, went to Best Buy about 5 times before I decided.

I took me more then 15 minutes to decide on the stand!!!

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-02 03:20PM | 0 recs
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You speak the truth....That was a tough one....

by hootie4170 2008-09-02 03:21PM | 0 recs
Ha! Me too...

I was thinking "Flat screen TV" before Hootie even got to her list.  I labored over that decision.

I still don't think we have the real story on what happened here.  I think, from watching MSNBC today, that a lot of the reporters realize this and are still digging.  There have been too many versions of what happened in the hours prior to the Palin decision.

Some huge fuckup occurred here.  The Palin decision was rushed, for some reason, despite the fact that McCain had weeks to prepare for this.  I don't believe that the lack of vetting was purely to keep the choice top secret.  It must have been an emergency choice.

by Dumbo 2008-09-02 08:56PM | 0 recs
And the tune that ran through his head...

When he met her at that gathering of Repub governors these lines started to play in John's head...

I saw her today at the reception
A glass of wine in her hand
knew she would meet her connection

We all know how it goes from there.  I guess John missed the bit about her being practiced in the art of deception.

by January 20 2008-09-02 03:42PM | 0 recs
Re: And the tune that ran through his head...

John McCain can't always get what he wants, but if we try sometimes this country just might get what it needs.

by Cincinnatus 2008-09-02 03:46PM | 0 recs
Re: And the tune that ran through his head...

Well, he couldn't get what he wanted (JoeMentum) and hopefully, he DIDN'T get what he needed....

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-02 03:50PM | 0 recs
I don't think he will...

Get what he needs with Palin. I don't see how Palin helps McCain in New Hampshire, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, or Nevada. And the more scandals that appear in the media, the more the GOP will have to stay on defense while we get out & win this election. :-)

by atdleft 2008-09-02 04:55PM | 0 recs
I watched Joe, tonight.

And I thought, thank God he's on their side, not ours.

by Dumbo 2008-09-02 08:57PM | 0 recs
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Some days, it takes me more than 15 minutes to decide if I want to get out of bed.  Then I have to decide wether or not I want some breakfast.  If yay, I have to figure out what I want to eat.

Throw in a shower and some teeth brushing, we're looking at an hour, just to get my average ho-hum day rolling.

by fogiv 2008-09-02 03:47PM | 0 recs
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Do I gel the hair, how's the nose hairs, where'd that stain come from....should I change my shirt now or can I cover it up with my jacket?

by hootie4170 2008-09-02 04:01PM | 0 recs
Re: A 15 Minute Meeting and a Phone Call

Whether to pick up my toenail clippings, or just leave them on the floor.

Sometimes I spend 20 - 30 minutes contemplating my course of action.

Recc'd

;-)

by Stipes 2008-09-02 04:11PM | 0 recs
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You have some bad habits Stipes. Ha ha  REC

by canadian 2008-09-02 05:55PM | 0 recs
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I do!

;-)

by Stipes 2008-09-02 06:40PM | 0 recs
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It's hard not to write about Palin when more and more bizarre shit comes out about her. Just got on Kos and 2 new controversies pop up. This is getting to the point I won't be able to follow the latest news. Not that I'm complaining. I'm glad the MSM is being responsible for once and taking McCain to task for his pathetic VP choice.

Keep em coming.

I'll keep rec'in.

Now, will I get the PS3 or the Xbox360?

by spacemanspiff 2008-09-02 04:14PM | 0 recs
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PS3!

by fogiv 2008-09-02 10:15PM | 0 recs
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Hootie. This is really Good. REC

by canadian 2008-09-02 05:56PM | 0 recs
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What we are having for dinner.  What wine to go with that dinner.  

I like this diary's perspective!  

by trustno1 2008-09-02 06:57PM | 0 recs
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The choice is similar to going into business together with a business partner.  Do many business people commit to major partnerships with someone they barely know?  I'm not talking about corporations merging, either.  

by ProfessorReo 2008-09-02 07:13PM | 0 recs
Recced

And you should crosspost this over at DKos.

by Angry White Democrat 2008-09-02 09:23PM | 0 recs
Lies you lying lier!

As much as I loved your hit Mr. Blowfish, I'm going to have to take the air out of your tires & put the truth on the table!  This is tough talk - in metaphars!

I Have just seen a post on a true truth-telling blog that quashes, destroys, even demolishes your slanderously patheting (or should that be pathetically slanderous?) excuse for a diary.

On the truthiest blog in the (n)Obamasphere I found the following quote of precision.

Palin Vetted; Obama Remains Unvetted!

The Media is pushing the narrative that Sarah Palin was not vetted. Any close observer of Republican campaigns knows this is false. Republicans are a minority party who continue to win elections because they are professionals; vetting a candidate is a no-brainer for the political veterans running McCain's operation.  

And that my fine, funky friend, is that! (Well, I guess you're more blues-rock than funky, but it destroys the annoyingly awesome alliteration.)   The matter is put to rest.  For your wild suggestion to be even the slightest bit true there would have to be something wrong with the very brains of the said veterans running McCain's operation!  Surely you do not suggest that you can see into their brains.

I happen to know that the man who runs this particular site is an ex-CIA operative so he has the real dope; the real skinny if you like.  It is written on teh internets so it Must. Be. True.

by January 20 2008-09-03 12:54AM | 0 recs
Gettin to Know Her

Sorry, I was trying to match the insanity of ChangeLess but went a little overboard.

More in keeping with your diary, my favorite Jed Report video of the week.  Extra creepy for the way he fiddles with his wedding ring.

by January 20 2008-09-03 02:58AM | 0 recs
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Here's a recording of McCain's call (courtesy of 23/6.com)

http://www.236.com/blog/w/lee_camp/mccai ns_voice_mail_to_palin_le_8644.php

by mydailydrunk 2008-09-03 06:18AM | 0 recs

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