Stick a fork in McCain/Palin. They’re done. The largest newspaper in Alaska has now endorsed Obama. Their reasons are many, but follow what many on both sides have been saying for some time. McCain sold out.
Sen. McCain describes himself as a maverick, by which he seems to mean that he spent 25 years trying unsuccessfully to persuade his own party to follow his bipartisan, centrist lead. Sadly, maverick John McCain didn’t show up for the campaign. Instead we have candidate McCain, who embraces the extreme Republican orthodoxy he once resisted and cynically asks Americans to buy for another four years.
But while they are just plain proud to have Palin elevated like this, that is not enough.
The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation.
And beyond that, Palin is in no way ready for the job.
Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.
I only hope that many of the people who keep using that line that she is the most popular governor in American will read this. They probably won’t but if there is one thing that separates us in this election it is that we on the left have hope. Thank you Barack.