The terrible thing is, this will change no one's mind about abstinence education, about Sarah Palin's ability to lead, about her commitment to "family values," or anything else.
I saw a soccer mom-turned-Representative on TV today and she was extolling Palin's praises, saying, in so many words, that if she could handle the PTA, then she could handle Congress. Hey presto and ipso facto! This line now comes from the same neo-conservative creeps who shredded Obama as too inexperienced. Suddenly the guy who co-sponsored 570 bills is a novice, but driving your kid to hockey practice in a tiny town makes you worthy of the nuclear controls? While Putin's on the other side? Terrific.
Say! How about firing your enemies and saddling the public with massive debt! Wait a minute --- she's perfect to succeed the Bush administration!
All this devil-may-care indifference on McCain's part --- the gaffes, the choice of an clearly unvetted airhead VP with at least two scandals hanging over her, etc. --- makes me believe ever more strongly that the Republicans don't need to approach the campaign with care or delicacy. Diebold and ES&S will hand them the victory all wrapped up!