Originally Posted by vinea
I read on a forum somewhere (without a citation) that McCain says they didn't vet her. I haven't found anywhere that says this but that folks SUSPECT she wasn't vetted because some folks hadn't been contacted that might have during a careful vetting. There's also a rumor they are sending folks to check out "troopergate".
WTF? Did McCain do something flagrantly stupid? There is NO FRIGGING WAY they did not vet this woman...but WTF?
WTF is kind my reaction too.
One scenario goes like this: McCain really wanted Lieberman, butted heads with the Rove forces and lost.
So in a bit of mavericky pique, he just kinda said "fuck it." Even the other contenders were caught unawares, so it appears to have truly been a snap decision thing. I'm sure his people did whatever they could as quickly as they could, but my hunch is is this was McCain's thing and he wanted to get it out there before the party grown-ups could twist his arm. I'm sure he's been chaffing under the constraints of having to be a "good candidate" and has been yearning to break some rules.
Just look at that Time interview, where he keeps repeating his "official" talking points, sullenly, like a child who has been threatened with punishment if they don't repeat what they've been told.
In some ways, I think this might be a big "fuck you" to the "politically sensible" elements of his party, which makes Palin's defense all the more amusing. It's like he's saying "I don't need
a fucking vice president, I'm fucking John fucking McCain. Here's a sexy librarian, now fuck off and let me get back to fighting the commies with my bare hands!"