Former Vice President Dick Cheney thinks it was “a mistake” for John McCain to have chosen former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney said it was a mistake for Republican Sen. John
McCain to pick Sarah Palin as his vice presidential nominee.
“The test to get on that small list has to be, ‘Is this person capable of being president of the United States?,” Cheney said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“I like Gov. Palin. I’ve met her. I know her. She – attractive candidate. But based on her background, she’d only been governor for, what, two years. I don’t think she passed that test … of being ready to take over. And I think that was a mistake,” he said.
Republican challenger Mitt Romney is expected to announce a running mate in August. He is widely expected to choose someone perceived as competent but safe.
Cheney, who oversaw candidate George W. Bush’s search for a running mate and whose own unpopularity became a flashpoint for the Bush administration, said there are two lists that candidates maintain. The bigger list includes politicians who want to be viewed as “under consideration” to boost their standing.
Cheney said a second, much shorter list contains those who are actually being considered.
Well…. not really. but kindov.
It wasnt picking her that was the mistake – it was the horrible handling of her that was the disaster. the McCain campaign didnt do their homework and didnt know how to manage a non-robotic non-establishment politico so they were constantly trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. they jammed it in there, but it wasnt pretty and it was only partially the pegs fault.
So if they were going to be incapable of helping her in the way she needed and marketing her appropriately and responding to the media smears and legit criticism (often mixed together in the same reporting/attacks) then yes – it was a mistake to pick someone you couldn’t handle properly.
Here’s a gif of the big moment:
and of course heres the video: