Originally Posted by Asher Bertrand
I think that is a little harsh on McCain. By the time he made his Veep selection, it was known that Obama was going to be running. Here was the first black American to make a viable run for the presidency, and he was filling stadiums. McCain knew he couldn't just offer another old white guy on his ticket; it would be a non-starter. He had to try to make his own kind of historic campaign. Had to, or he didn't have a chance.
It just wasn't the history he wanted to make.
That is not being harsh on McCain. The way he acted in the 2008 election across the board was disgusting. He sold out an entire career as a moderate, principled senator and pandered in whatever ways he needed to in order to get elected. He was a shell of his former self, and since then has just been an angry old troll.
If anything, that wasn't harsh enough. Whether he was forced to by circumstance or by opportunity, picking Palin was another example of his incredibly poor judgement and willingness to sell out his legacy. You are seeing it repeating with Romney now.