Steamboat Springs John McCain's selection of Sara Palin as his vice presidential running mate is a watershed event, one of those rare but instructional occasions in which the intents, beliefs and ethics of the protagonists, if only for a moment, become crystal clear. Not since the Emperor Caligula nominated his horse Incitatus to the Roman Senate has any leader demonstrated so much disdain for the public or placed their country at greater risk. It seems that McCain is betting that a combination of voter ignorance and blind adherence to political "hot button" agendas will trump rational thought. Given the incredibly tense and complex issues facing the U.S. and the world, how anyone could think that Palin could contribute anything meaningful to any substantive debate is unbelievable. In fact, she is so lacking in the sort of leadership-enabling knowledge and wisdom that Republican Party leaders won't allow her to be subjected to any hard questioning by the media. Furthermore, as we are learning day by day, her mayoral and gubernatorial record, what there is of it, is way overstated and punctuated with cronyism and vindictiveness.
But, where is the outrage? It seems to me that a nomination that makes us the laughingstock of nations should receive more intense criticism in the media than it has to date. My guess is that editorialists who deeply criticize Palin at this juncture will lose future access. Or, maybe they're biding their time, waiting to jump on the inevitable slip-ups of someone attempting candidacy by CliffsNotes.