Sarah Palin was important. If McCain didn’t select Palin, he’d have lost by even more. He needed someone to jazz the base, and Palin certainly jazzed the base. All the sniping out of the McCain camp about Palin is short-sighted and it doesn’t help party unity. If anything, it helps fray the cohesiveness that McCain and Palin built over the past few months.
Let’s face it– McCain lost because the media anointed Obama. The LA Times sat on a tape of Obama palling around with some anti-Israelis. The SF Chronicle sat on a tape of Obama saying he wants to destroy the coal industry and make energy prices skyrocket. It’s no wonder Palin thinks the Media needs to be more objective.
McCain lost because McCain & Palin were relentlessly hammered by the media, and Obama & Biden were given a huge pass. And if you hear nothing but negatives about McCain, and nothing but positives about Obama, who the heck is the ordinary person going to vote for?
As much as we in the blogosphere like to say we’re important, we’re still a very small minority. And as much readership as the newspapers are losing, they’re still read by far more than the folks who read Politico.