Okay, so think about it. We know what Cheney is like: advocate for torture, shill for the oil companies, George Bush puppet master, Mr. Secrecy himself (always flitting back and forth from the infamous Undisclosed Location). Despite his disdain for things like the Constitution, liberty, and civil rights, you gotta give the man one thing: he'd know how to run the country if George dropped dead. (Of course, that's because he is running the country, but that's another issue.)
And there's Obama's selected running mate: Senator Joe Biden. He's got experience up the wazoo, with thirty years in the Senate and loads of foreign policy and national security knowledge. He knows how to campaign, and he's got the savvy to be a real asset to the president, and to take his place if need be.
But then we have Sarah Palin, recently Wasilla mayor and now Alaska governor. She's young and healthy and intelligent, and so far has proven a capable governor. But suppose McCain kicks off? The question that must always be asked of the suitability of a vice-presidential candidate is, "Could they serve as president?"
Yep, politics is the Great Sport of modern America. A better comedy nor scarier horror show you cannot find.
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