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August 29th, 2008
02:14 PM ET

Is McCain out of his mind?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/08/29/art.palin.mccain.jpg caption="Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, left, smiles as his Vice Presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is introduced to supporters at a campaign rally in Dayton, Ohio, Friday."]Paul Begala
CNN Contributor

John McCain needs what Kinky Friedman calls "a checkup from the neck up."

In choosing Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate he is not thinking "outside the box," as some have said. More like out of his mind.

Palin a first-term governor of a state with more reindeer than people, will have to put on a few pounds just to be a lightweight. Her personal story is impressive: former fisherman, mother of five. But that hardly qualifies her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

For a man who is 72 years old and has had four bouts with cancer to have chosen someone so completely unqualified to become president is shockingly irresponsible. Suddenly, McCain's age and health become central issues in the campaign, as does his judgment.

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Filed under: John McCain • Raw Politics • Sarah Palin
soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Kin

    Stop criticizing Gov. Palin! What we need in DC is a courageous "reformer" willing to shakeup the status quo of a totally disfunctional and incompetent federal government that has been run by career politicians who are more interested in self gains rather than welfare of the common citizens.
    I compliment Senador McCain for choosing Gov. Palin. It's about time to bring in a fresh face willing to curb the wasteful spending of taxpayers' money.
    Experience is not really an issue if we staff the government with honest, knowledgeble and competent people, instead of incompetent political appointees. Paul Begala should know this!!!

    September 1, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  2. Lavon k hummel

    I really do think Mr McCain is insane, and so is any one who would waste gasoline to go vote for him.

    September 1, 2008 at 5:02 am |
  3. Barbara

    Not at all....he is a man of honor and one who does not let others make his dicisions for him.....I think his choice of V.P. was an excellent choice....she is a very smart lady and one who is not afraid to take on corruption which is running rampant in Washington...she will straighten out the corrupt politicians....her and McCain are the dynamic duo that will clean up injustice in Washington...so watch out Obama...and as for Biden....you showed your true colors at the convention....you were a very good friend of McCain and you also was one of the people who claimed Obama was too inexperienced to be president, now you are standing at his side....you can be bought and you keep saying McCain voted with Bush...didn't you vote with Bush in favor of the Iraq war.....You ran for presidential election on a number of occassions and no one wanted you...I believe you quit after only getting 195 votes....now Obama has picked you as his running mate....like we want you in office if something should happen to him....yup you are exactly the type of politician Obama was talking against when he said we needed change and what did he do....he went against his own values and chose you an old time poor excuse of what we don't want in Washington!!!

    August 31, 2008 at 11:47 pm |
  4. ann

    I get that Palin has been Alaska's governor now for, WOW, nearly a year and a half. How amazing!!!!!!!!!!! Of course, there are fewer people in the entire state of Alaska than there are in my city. And balancing a budget in a state that is obscenely OIL RICH, that must be REALLY difficult. But, hey, I'll give that to her.
    But can someone tell me, please, why we keep hearing about Palin's PTA EXPERIENCE as if it was an impressive part of her resume????. PTA credentials beng touted as part of her story????
    If that wasn't so flippin' crazy, it would be just plain funny. Can't wait to hear what Leno and the other late night folks do with that exceptional information. Maybe McCain and the Republicans will dig even deeper and find out that she ran a Girl Scout troup or better yet that she was a 4-H leader. Or maybe she wrote for her high school year book. Now that's the kind of credentials I want to see as we find ourselves dealing with the Russians and the Iranians. Once again, I say, "Beam me up, Scotty!!!"

    August 31, 2008 at 9:41 pm |
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