Originally Posted by myk
To tap her as his immediate successor indicates approval of the way she governs. If he does not approve then he is beyond disingenuous when he claims he puts country first.
Not necessarily. His fatal flaw might not be in his disingenuousness, but in his hubris.
I have no doubt that McCain considers himself to be the person to lead the country. Now, when you're able to convince yourself of this (and Obama has, as well, or he wouldn't be running), at what point does it become reasonable to pull back? If someone tells you, "Hey, I've got a VP candidate here that will energize the base, pick up a lot of centrist Clinton fans, and revitalize your campaign so that you, John McCain, the candidate who can actually fix this country, will become president," do you take a pass because this person doesn't conform to your ideal? Or does pride motivate you to put her on the ticket, secure that she will essentially be powerless once you get into office, anyway?
Now, the chief reason that this logic is flawed is because it fails to recognize McCain's own mortality and his death's repercussions on the country-at-large. But that's how hubris works. Would it surprise anyone to find out that someone running for president of the United States has a slightly inflated sense of immortality?