With just weeks left before Mitt Romney has to announce who his pick for Vice President will be, pundits are rending their garments and beseeching the winds over whether he'll go with "safe and conservative" candidates like Ohio Senator Rob Portman or Minnesota Governor Tim "I'm Not Chris Collinsworth" Pawlenty, or "exciting game changer" like New Mexico Governor Susanna Martinez or Florida Senator Marco Rubio. One thing that every non-insane person agrees on is that Romney does not want to pick "another Sarah Palin".
Dick Cheney, the person who held the Vice President slot prior to Joe "Are You Done With That Soda?" Biden, recently mused in an interview what everyone else already thinks, which was that John McCain's picking of Sarah Palin in 2008 was a "mistake." Because maturity and a thick skin are not Palin's strong suits, she sniped back at Cheney. Let's consider some of her response:
“Seeing as how Dick — excuse me, Vice President Cheney — never misfires, then evidently he’s quite convinced that what he had evidently read about me by the lamestream media, having been written, what I believe is a false narrative over the last four years,” Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News. “Evidently Dick Cheney believed that stuff, and that’s a shame.”
Ok, "lamestream" media? Lady, get some new jokes! Serious groaner, there.
But also, Cheney's point was that Palin had only been Governor of Alaska for a year and a half at the time she was nominated (thus blunting McCain's argument against Obama that "experience matters"). How exactly is that a "false narrative" created by the "lamestream media"? Is there some alternative media that measured her time as Governor in dog years?
Of course, Cheney doesn't need to respond to Palins' childlike barbs--in which she suggests she made a "tough choice" by going in the national spotlight (a spotlight she doesn't seem to have shied away from since retiring from public life mid-way through her only term as Alaska Governor), and that she could have lived the "luxurious life" in Alaska (Alaska--full of rich people luxuriating!), and some comparison of herself to a baseball which I won't even touch because that's just too easy. Her comments sort of proved what an embarrassment and mistake she was for the McCain campaign.
I think 2008 was a year with many headwinds facing the Republicans--an unpopular incumbent, wars that would not end, growing deficits and a financial crisis amid a major recession--but there's really no doubt that Sarah Palin was the nail in the coffin of any chance McCain had of winning the White House. But if Romney is crazy enough to pick another disaster like that, at least it will provide plenty of entertainment for the next several years.