Fun reading: Andrew Sullivan’s gobsmacked bewilderment at McCain’s VP choice:

This was about marketing not governing; hiring for appearance not competence. And they did it – without apparent irony – on the anniversary of Katrina as another hurricane threatens. From from being a reversal of the Bush administration’s worst instincts, McCain seems itent on recreating it – as farce.

Apparently the choice is a huge success with the base: Palin is someone the Christian right can get excited about… someone who can describe an oil pipeline as “God’s will”.  Actual conservatives, like Sullivan or Charles Krauthammer, are appalled, not least because McCain has thrown away the issue of Obama’s supposed lack of experience.

On that, another conservative, David Frum– this one not an Obama supporter– has wise words:

Can we conservatives please stop kidding ourselves about Barack Obama’s “qualifications”? Yes, if I had been a Democratic donor back in 2006, I’d sure worry about whether Barack Obama had what it took to be president. That was before he took on the toughest political operation in America, before he beat Bill and Hillary Clinton, before he won 18 million primary votes.

Obama’s nomination was not handed to him. He fought hard for it and won against the odds. “Qualifications” predict achievement. Once you have achieved, it doesn’t matter what your qualifications are. Who cares whether the guy who built a big company from nothing didn’t have much of a resume when he started?

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