narcoleptish wrote:Because there's a really good chance that things aren't going to get any better any time soon and why not let the dems take the blame. Same reason they brought on Palin in 08, not that Obama needed the help, but just to be sure. I mean does anybody really think that John McCain and other grownups chose her because they wanted to win?
Maybe I have a cynicism deficiency, but yes; I believe that John McCain's advisers added Sarah Palin to the ticket because they wanted to win. Whether this was a 'grownup' move or not is another question.
And I believe this not just for the usual Occam's Razor reasons (although there's definitely that); I can articulate a plausible scenario that explains their behavior that doesn't involve rampant paranoia.
I think it really comes down to the whole 'epistemic closure' business that was roiling the right-wing blogosphere a while back. I think David Frum was absolutely right-on, that the GOP believes its own bullshit at its peril - and, in hind-sight, the whole dogpile on Frum from the rest of wingnut pundocracy was pretty much the platonic ideal of unintentionally proving the other guy's point.
I mean, these people are so far up their own assholes that they think Rick Santorum is
Think about that