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of the preference system. He was passed along all the way to the Presidency, and propped up by people who thought that was the way it should be.
I am sure that there is much about the national and international political systems that Chicago politicians simply do not understand. We saw that in the decision re: the 2016 Olympics. On top of that, the boss (Richard Daley) is not running for reelection.
Not that this piece has an agenda or anything, naaaaa.
".....doesn't have a whole lot of intellectual curiosity...
Funny, I recall the same criticism being leveled at George W. Bush. What did you think of that?
And a president not personally liking his VP too much isn't anything new. JFK and LBJ detested each other, but both recognized the political advantages of teaming up. Bush I eventually admitted that Dan Quayle was a mistake, and despite his public statements, I believe John McCain rues the day he agreed to Sarah Palin as his running mate.
You seem determined to change the subject. Bush is not in office now. Get over it.
Don't you think it's relevant that we have a President who is not interested in doing the work he was elected to do and acts like a petulant child? Could it be that you are finally realizing that you were sold a defective product?
I believe McCain was deep in a hole with his campaign numbers but they soared when Sarah Palin was named his running mate. This happened even though she was relatively unknown. It didn't take long for the media to dig up enough to make a case against her fitness to be in high office. As I recall, McCain's numbers sagged a bit later. I don't know whether the novelty had worn off or the anti-Palin attacks were effective.
But the more I saw of her and how empty a vessel she was, the more the prospect of her as VP concerned me. I'm sure I wasn't alone. "Attacks" had nothing to do with it. She lacked the most rudimentary knowledge of what a VP's job was and other basic elements of civics and government. Charm and cuteness only go so far, though she keeps trying to push that envelope.
but was pushed there. I thought his qualifications were iffy as well. I do remember someone here posting some Jackie Mason videos that were humorous. One of them suggested that all he'd ever done was run for office. In a sense, I can't help but feel a bit sorry for the guy. He's way over his head right now and I suspect he senses it.
She was chosen to run, she didn't choose to run. If she had, then maybe she'd had as much time to prepare for it as Obama obviously had been doing. She wasn't interested in anything other than being Governor of Alaska at the time. If she'd had more time to prepare, I suspect she'd come off looking about the same, maybe even better than Obama. She did pull a lot of disillusioned Hillary voters away from Obama, which is one reason Obama did something he really didn't want by embracing Hillary into his campaign. Obama needed "an old white guy" and a woman to get elected, or believe he did.
So, you had one candidate who had worked toward running for president for a long time, versus a VP candidate who hadn't. That's the oddest thing in that the press tried to make it like Obama was in direct competition with Sarah Palin. Maybe he felt he didn't measure up against McCain so had to run against the VP candidate instead?
It was a screwy campaign, an even worse election, and the results have been only downhill since then.
Are you suggesting that people who supported Hillary went flocking to Sarah Palin just because she was also female? And that the tremendous differences in their politics mattered less than that?
Palin was only selected in the first place because the McCain campaign felt they needed a gimmick to steal the "historic nature of this election" thunder away from Obama. Her selection meant "Hey, you can vote for McCain and still make history!" And that's pretty much all it meant.