I've never been all that impressed with Bill Richardson, honestly. He was sloppy and bumbling during his 2008 POTUS campaign, and this isn't the first time he's been tainted with scandal.
He seems to be a pretty good governor, but I'm not that upset that he won't be part of the Obama administration. I do appreciate the fact that he's a good team player and is stepping aside before this turns into a total fiasco.
Sarah Palin deserved every ounce of the scorn from the shopping spree incident, because she ran as a "reformer," an honest gal who says "thanks but no thanks" to handouts. The fact that she had $150K worth of dresses and handbags from Saks stuffed in the belly of her airplane was just further evidence that she is a consummate phony and fraud. These things are important to know and the unmasking of Sarah Palin as Just Another Corrupt Republican had little to do with sexism in my opinion.
It's too late for the kitchen sink to work now. Obama has been thoroughly vetted, and people are comfortable with him. And more "kitchen sinkery" will only serve to drive more independents to McCain and will kill the GOP in downticket races as well.
So bring it on, Grumpypants. You've got three weeks until you're completely irrelevant politically, so let's see what you've got.
It's pretty clear to me that it's not going to work in the long run. McCain is suffering through a brutal media week, one in which the emergent meme is that John McCain is a liar. The "sex ed to kindergartners" ad and the repeated "bridge to nowhere" lies are becoming real liabilities.
The Bridge to Nowhere line is now a liability to the McCain campaign and in my opinion was a net negative overall. They should have just let her say it in the convention speech and moved on, but continually repeating it opened the door to the "liars" meme, which is cutting McCain off at the knees right now.
These guys aren't even clever liars-- they're trying to just go with brute force turbo-lying and hoping it all pans out. It's looking like that strategy might not be a long-term winner.
I am not as impressed with Sarah Palin as you are-- I find her to be incredibly shallow, uninformed on the issues and little more than a living, breathing talking point machine. I'm not saying she isn't someone we need to be concerned about, but I don't agree when you call her "extremely intelligent." She's a standard-issue Rovian wingnut whose only calling card is that she's not wrapped in the usual "old pasty white guy" package. They have that guy at the top of the ticket, so their bases are covered there too.