October 4th, 2008 18:31 EST
Palin Questions McCain's Decision To Abandon Michigan
"Sarah Palin questioned Republican presidential candidate John McCain`s decision to abandon efforts to win Michigan, a campaign move she only learned about Friday morning when she read it in the newspapers."
JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press (AP)
I find this opening paragraph of the AP article surprising for several reasons.
First of all I`m surprised that Sarah Palin actually reads the newspapers. In Palin`s interview with Katie Couric she was unable to name a single newspaper or magazine that she reads on a regular basis.
Second, I`m astonished that McCain kept his VP in the dark about such a critical strategic move. In public McCain vehemently defends his decision to select Palin as his Veep, but keeping Pain out of the loop on such an important matter tells us what he really thinks of her.
In the third place I`m amazed that Palin publicly contradicted the head of the Republican ticket. Palin has been kept on a tight leash, she`s only allowed to recite McCain`s talking points. I`m glad she had the gumption to publicly disagree with McCain.
Fourthly, I`m blown away that Palin was able to structure a sentence that actually makes sense.
"`Todd and I, we`d be happy to get to Michigan and walk through those plants of the car manufacturers,` Palin said, referring to her husband. `We`d be so happy to get to speak to the people in Michigan who are hurting because the economy is hurting.`"
Finally, I`m flabbergasted that I find myself in agreement with Palin, abandoning Michigan sends out the wrong message at a time when McCain is losing ground to Obama in all the battleground states.
Maybe McCain should let Palin be Palin.