Is it possible they picked Palin precisely because of the questions she and her family and Alaska would provoke, as a means of (further) energizing their “base” (in both senses of the word) – see how they turned tonight into “Avoid the Issues / Bash the Media Night” – as well as producing a tail-between-the-legs repentance in the fearful, McCain-adoring MSM? Enough that they’ll “pay no attention to the man behind that curtain” fiddling with the voting machine come November?
Some have noted how they threw poor Bristol to the wolves (not the ones shot from helicopters either). If someone asks you, “Are you really the mother of Trig?” a logical answer isn’t, “My single teenage daughter’s pregnant,” it’s, “I’m not even going to dignify that bizarre question with a response.” Is this the way Bristol’s real mom would respond?!!
I don’t say “Well played, Rove,” because for us not to raise these questions would be irresponsible. If you can’t stand the heat, don’t keep dragging your kids and their lovers into the kitchen kicking and screaming – or onto the airport tarmac – while continuing to preach “family values” and privacy! Maybe journalists play softball up in the 49th (-most-populous) State, although the top two newspapers there question her readiness too (and also her inflated – ie, lying – popularity rating).
If this is all a cynical ploy, it shows their disrespect for the White House they covet so. Of course, the real decisions are made by the Ruling Class elsewhere, but the White House can slow their plans and ambitions if in the “wrong” hands. Note I said slow; have they ever been stopped?
It also shows their disrespect for their “conservative” constituency, as well as that constituency’s willingness to be used so. “What Would Jesus Do?”