Michael Kinsley points out that the Palin choice puts a shadow over John McCain’s honesty as well as his judgment and temperament. The choice makes it clear that he never really meant all those attacks on Obama’s lack of “experience.” That’s one kind of lie. And to defend the choice he and his friends are forced to pretend that Palin’s eighteen months running Alaska and six years as mayor of a small town are relevant “experience” for her appearance on the world stage.
For someone running on “honor” and “integrity,” that’s pretty bad. No?