The day after his clean sweep of Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., Mitt Romney appears unstoppable in his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.
And that’s opened the door for the Quadrennial ”veepstakes.” It’s usually a fun process for the media and public. But unfortunately for the Republican party, it has already gotten off to a silly start, picking up right where it left off four years ago.
“I think it should be Sarah Palin,” Sen. John McCain said today (yes, today) on CBS’ This Morning program. McCain then immediately broke out in laughter, apparently acknowledging that his pick of Palin in 2008 was a big mistake:
McCain was responding to a question about Palin’s suggestion that the GOP nominee should go “rogue” and tap U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) for the No. 2 position.
“I love that he has that military experience” Palin told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday. ”He is a public servant willing to serve for the right reasons. He understands the Constitution. He understands our national foreign policy issues that must be addressed. He has served. I really like him,” she said.
Really? First of all, West was fined and essentially forced to retire from the military (thereby avoiding a court martial) after he was accused of using improper methods to force information out of an Iraqi detainee.
And since entering Congress in 2011 as a Tea Party star, he’s best known for making a series of outrageous comments. Our friends at Think Progress listed West’s 15 most outrageous statements in February.
One of our least favorite was when he played the Nazi card in December 2011, saying that Hitler’s propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels would be “very proud” of Democrats.