The Washington Post reports that the head of McCain's vetting team didn't do an in-depth interview with Palin until the day before she was offered the number two slot. Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
When it comes to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the hits just keep on coming.
Some of the latest revelations surrounding John McCain's surprise choice of a running mate: The Associated Press reports a private lawyer has been authorized to spend $95,000 dollars of state money to defend Palin in the trooper ethics probe. Contrary to her message of reform, Palin worked to get pork barrel projects for her city and state. Also, according to the A.P., her husband was once a member of the Alaska Independence Party, some members in that group advocate that Alaska secede from the Union. Also, the boyfriend of Palin's 17-year-old unmarried pregnant daughter is expected to join the family at the GOP convention.
The McCain camp is pushing back hard, calling questions about Palin's background a "faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee" for V.P. and suggesting Palin is a victim of gender bias in the media. Where have we heard that before? They insist Palin was subject to a "long and thorough" vetting process. Really? The Washington Post reports that the head of McCain's vetting team didn't do an in-depth interview with Palin until the day before she was offered the number two slot.
Some are wondering if Sarah Palin could turn out to be another Harriet Miers, a vastly underqualified woman who was nominated by President Bush to become a Supreme Court Justice. Miers later had to withdraw her name from consideration. Gee… there's that parallel again.
No presidential candidate has withdrawn his V.P. pick since Democrat George McGovern in 1972. McGovern dropped Thomas Eagleton after 18 days as revelations surfaced about his mental health. Eagleton, too, had been a last minute pick.
Here’s my question to you: Should John McCain consider replacing Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Tony from Connecticut writes:
No do-overs! If McCain took advice from those bumbling fools who found her, he has to live with losing the election. He would have lost anyway, but he’s going down hard now.
Quite a conundrum, eh Jack? A) He replaces her and looks like the foolish, impulsive, misogynistic goofball that he is. B) He keeps her and he looks like the foolish, impulsive, misogynistic goofball that he is. I vote for all of the above and then I'm voting for Obama and Biden!
Ha! Wouldn't you love that? Not a chance! She will put him over the top. Wait ‘til the polls come out next week!
It seems to me that the Republicans are the ones exploiting the pregnant daughter of Sarah Palin… they are marching her around the convention like she’s some kind of trophy. These people are just way too hypocritical for me, and within the next 10 days I believe Sarah Palin will step down due to "family matters".
Jason from Illinois writes:
This pick has one major benefit for Republicans in that she energizes the right-wing base. The problem is, that base isn't enough to win anymore. Dumping her would say that this was a cynical political pick to begin with, further damaging McCain's increasingly shaky image as someone who wants to reform Washington. He's made his bed, now he's got to sleep in it.
He should, but I hope he doesn't yet. I hate the fact that I cannot turn away from a train wreck.
Not at all. It’s just what the liberals want. She is more qualified than Obama to be president.
Anna from New York writes:
No! This plays out better than "Desperate Housewives" or any of the soaps.