A 15 Minute Meeting and a Phone Call
by hootie4170, Tue Sep 02, 2008 at 03:17:10 PM EDT
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]."
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.
Finally, working from his home in Phoenix, McCain arranged to speak with Palin by telephone Sunday while she was at the Alaska State Fair.
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.
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
Hard-wood floors or carpet
Blackberry or Iphone
What college I attend
Eat in or go out
A new job
A new puppy
What tie goes with my shirt
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.