This post may be a few days late and several trillion dollars short, but here it is.
A colleague recently gave me the only logical explanation for McCain's pick for veep. The Republican hierarchy sees what this country is headed toward. No one knows for sure where the next few years will take us, but I'm pretty sure we all see the gaping void just begging us to make one more wrong step.
The GOP isn't dumb, and they either don't have the courage to put their best foot forward, or they know they can't weather the storm without getting bruised. So, they've decided to throw the election. They vetted the crap out of Palin and saw exactly what they needed -- someone who made so little sense that everyone but the most right-wing nutjobs would swing their vote over.
In four years, the GOP will blame everything on the Democrats, and people will vote for whomever is put before them. "At least he's not Obama, look at the mess he made."