McCain on Palin: She Was ‘Well Qualified’

The MSM and establishment are apparently a little annoyed at Senator McCain’s description of Governor Palin on This Week.

Via Politico:

Sarah Palin’s qualifications were the overriding reason Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) selected the former Alaska governor as his 2008 presidential running mate, he said Sunday.

Speaking about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney selecting of a vice presidential running mate, McCain said on ABC’s “This Week” that the “primary, absolute, most important aspect is if something happened to him, would that person be well qualified to take that place?”

“I happen to believe that was the … primary factor on my decision in 2008,” McCain said, “and I know it will be Mitt’s.”

Having a “person [Romney] knows he could trust,” is also a critical consideration,” McCain told host Jake Tapper.

That seems pretty accurate. 

In fact, since I renounced my ‘Republican’ card, it’s been pretty easy to call out the Palin smear coming from the establishment.  As such, I feel it’s fair to call out decency when it occurs, too. 

So, there you have it.  The man who actually ran for President in 2008 said Palin was picked because of her qualifications and loyalty. 


1.)  Executive experience as mayor and Governor beating the lack of executive experience of McCain’s, Obama’s, and Biden’s.

2.) Reform:  Taking on members of her own party, taking on the back-scratching oil companies and winning on behalf of the people earning a massive approval rating, bigger than any other Governor’s in the nation.

3.) Enriched experience with gas and energy regulation.

Governor Palin had all the qualities we look for in a President or leader.  The standards she set should be applied to any person who applies for the job, without a doubt.

Dave Levinthal; who wrote this article for Politico, should be able to take his fancy journalism credentials straight to Google and verify all of the above and could have written a piece that was informative to the readers.

For example, when McCain himself mentions how ‘well-prepared’ Governor Palin was to be vice-president, Levinthal could have explored the other aspects of McCain’s campaign.  Why not a discussion about what Steve Schmidt lacked?  Why not an in-depth review of Nicolle Wallace? 

Why not a discussion of why Palin was so popular as a Governor and why her popularity seemed to contrast with members of the Washington establishment that Schmidt and Wallace tried so hard to force her to be?

Instead, we all know where he went:

In the aftermath of McCain’s failed presidential campaign, Palin’s detractors – and some supporters – criticized her as ill-prepared to serve as president had she been pressed into duty. The recent movie “Game Change” dramatized just that.

That’s it.  No further comment from a Politico writer.  You’d think a writer for an organization like Politco or any other member of the mainstream (lamestream) media who wanted to stand out by Going Rogue would understand that a shake up would be a good thing.  Why not be one of the firsts to point out that perhaps it were the dunces in charge of McCain’s campaign which failed both Senator McCain and Governor Palin?  At least explore the possibility. 

Luckily, there are writers who explore and those who deliver a more complete account.  An account based on facts contained in any or all of the following:

I do thank Senator McCain for stating the truth amidst a media onslaught of false narratives beautifully refuted by any of the above pieces.  I also continue to appreciate him introducing her to our country.

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