The questions keep coming about McCain’s VP vetting process (or lack thereof), rightly shedding a disturbing light on his decision-making style – if one might describe a lack of analysis, thoroughness or careful planning any kind of a decision-making process.
Maybe he’s just a decider.
Now it seems McCain plans to hide his VP nominee from the national media, where she might otherwise be asked – oh, I don’t know – serious questions about domestic and foreign policy? Consider: The only outlet that’s been allowed an in-person interview since she joined the ticket is People magazine. Now there’s some hard-hitting reportage to help voters make an informed decision. She’s got cute kids! War? Economics? Energy policy? Not to worry.
So don’t expect to see the VP nominee making the rounds of news shows because we all know (I guess) that the “elitist media” is not what matters; it’s convention speeches and TV ads and other pre-produced events where candidates present themselves directly to the voters, unencumbered by the media’s “agenda” and “sexism” or any kind of policy analysis.
Welcome to McCain-Palin ’08. Fast food politics.
Here’s the thing: Can they really get away with it? Hasn’t the new media of blogs and YouTube and the Daily Show finally created an informed, sophisticated electorate?
We’ll find out soon enough – although agreeing to a sitdown with “tough as nails” (puh-leaze) Charlie Gibson shows how careful they’re going to go about this. You remember Charlie, he of the softball questions during ABC’s Hillary/Obama debate inanity back in April.
In the meantime, if you haven’t seen the video from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” where McCain spokesperson Nicole Wallace is asked about this lack of access, then put away sharp instruments and click:
September 7, 2008 | Filed Under Political |