Don’t take my word that the Palin choice is a sign of desperate cynicism. Listen to the Republican pundits, thinking they were off the air.
Furthermore, by selecting someone with almost no public record, no major interviews or debates or public exposure who lives sheltered from the rest of the country — in other words a complete unknown — the national conversation only naturally centers around discovering Palin and moves away from the issues and policy debate. McCain has turned the election into an even greater farce. The choice has simply cheapened the entire election even more than the 2000 contest, essentially rendering the U.S. presidency a joke.