FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Some of John McCain's advisers are not happy that his running mate, Governor Sarah Palin, is making a habit of going off-script and off-message with some of her comments... Most recently this weekend when she discussed her wardrobe at a rally in Florida.
So let's play "what if?"
What if John McCain had not picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate?
For one thing, the Republicans probably wouldn't have had to spend $150,000 buying clothes for the candidate.
Seriously. What if McCain had picked Mitt Romney. A self-made man with plenty of clothes and a knowledge of the economy that the current ticket is sorely lacking. And while he probably can't see Russia from his state, he could probably name at least one newspaper that he reads every day. And if he won, he probably wouldn't go to Washington in January thinking he was "in charge of the Senate."
Or what about Tom Ridge. The former Pennsylvania governor and Secretary of Homeland Security? The key to victory for McCain or Obama may well be Pennsylvania, where Obama holds a double-digit lead heading into next Tuesday. Think Tom Ridge might have helped McCain with his "Pennsylvania" problem? Besides, it would have been fun if McCain wins watching Ridge wrap the White House in clear plastic sheeting and duct tape.
Watch: Cafferty: Palin a mistake?
But McCain chose Sarah Palin who immediately became a national joke to everyone except the conservative base of the Republican party. Even some Republicans are convinced the Palin selection showed a total lack of judgment on McCain's part.
Or what about Florida governor Charlie Crist? Would winning Florida help McCain? You get the idea.
Here’s my question to you: Was it a mistake for John McCain to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Anj from California writes:
It is not putting “country first” when a 72 year-old with a history of cancer picks as his successor someone so obviously unqualified for national office. News flash: Competence matters. Quite frankly, selecting Palin is emblematic of every sellout and shoot-from-the-hip-just-like-Bush decision McCain has made since securing his party's nomination. I don't know how he can even look at himself in the mirror.
Kyle from DuPont, Washington writes:
Jack, not at all. The mistake was trying to force her into a stereotypical number two role and placing a muzzle on her. Had the McCain camp let her be "Sarah Palin" from the start, I think we might be asking this question about Bigmouth Biden.
Frank from Columbus, Ohio writes:
For the brain-dead base of his party, it was the right choice. For the moderate Republican and conservative-leaning independent, it was not. McCain, the gambler, held a decent hand but folded to the base. He lost the election the day he announced this preposterous choice as his running mate. At the end of the day the decision will be seen as the turning point of his campaign. Bad for him, but good for America.
All those other choices would have been bad for McCain. He needed to excite the base of his party. Which she did. It's all Monday morning quarterbacking. The truth is that it wouldn't have mattered who McCain picked. His goose in the general was cooked when the financial crisis hit last month. Hadn’t that happened, this would have been a much closer race
Yes. Choosing Sarah Palin was a mistake. But it's not because of her lack of experience, her lack of knowledge or her lack of transparency. The biggest problem with the selection of Sarah Palin is that it is extremely polarizing. Bush's Presidency has been marked by some of the deepest partisan divisions in the nation's history. This election is a chance to restore civility between the parties. With Palin on the ticket, that opportunity is lost.
Brendan from San Antonio, Texas writes:
She makes Quayle look like Einstein, and I didn't think that was possible!