Well, maybe not quite...
HT again to Andrew Sullivan for pointing to this great piece on McCain's odd dance with the religious right (my emphasis):
"This time... McCain is collaborating with his captors. By picking Palin he knowingly guided his campaign well over hostile territory and then aimed its nose straight down. Once taken hostage, he refused to speak his captors’ propaganda, but he allowed everyone else to shout it to the rafters. He gambled, all right, but it was in the direction of orthodoxy—for Palin is a creature and an icon of the Republicans’ evangelical base, which came into full possession of the Party this week and completed the G.O.P.’s conversion to identity politics. (See my last post for more on this transformation.) No wonder Pat Buchanan was so fired up on MSNBC, while Mike Huckabee wore the look of a man who missed his train because he was given the wrong departure time."Huckabee himself comes across very well in this Daily Show Interview:
George Packer - The New Yorker, 5 Sep 08
There's those around who think McCain wants to dump Palin at the last minute and go with his first choice, Joe Leiberman... But that would be electoral suicide, surely? McCain would lose "The Base" as a voting block... And I rather doubt the rednecks who won't vote for the black guy would be any happier turning out for a second choice, second fiddle, Jewish bloke...
Tell you what, though... I wish Scottish or even British politics was a millionth an interesting as all this.
God bless the USA :)