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Tuesday, 17 July 2012 06:56

McCain on Romney: ‘Palin Was the Better Candidate’...No, Seriously, He Said That

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WILLIAM RIVERS PITT FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

Truth be told, a very, very small part of me has actually been feeling a swell of pity for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney as these last weeks have unfolded.

This poor sad sack has been getting battered at every turn: the Supreme Court turned his whole show sideways with their rulings on the Arizona immigration law and Obama's health care legislation; when the mandate was upheld as constitutional, he staggered towards the argument that it isn't a tax before reeling back to the position that it is a tax after taking a terrible beating from his own people; his appearance before the NAACP was slightly less well-received than a bad case of the shingles; what was supposed to be his greatest strength as a candidate - his business experience - has become a rotting albatross around the neck of his campaign; and, until this afternoon, the worst part of this whole sordid mess came when conservative pundits like George Will stated in public that he should release his dreaded tax returns, lest he appear to be hiding something.

If this were a prize fight, the referee would have stepped in to stop the bludgeoning. This ain't boxing, however: this is politics, so wear a helmet, light a candle in whatever house of worship you attend in the hope that the beatings will cease once morale improves, and do the best you can.

That's what you say to buck someone up...but I don't have the faintest idea how anyone can recover from something like this.

From Talking Points Memo: "Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) defended Mitt Romney from Democratic speculation that he passed on him as a 2008 running mate after reviewing his tax returns, saying Sarah Palin was simply the better choice at the time. McCain called the tax claims ‘outrageous' and ‘disgraceful' in an interview with Politico Tuesday. He said he chose Palin ‘because we thought that Sarah Palin was the better candidate.'"

So, yeah, that happened. In an attempt to deflect speculation that McCain passed on Romney as his VP pick because of Romney's murky financials, McCain set the bar so low that a flatworm would have difficulty wriggling under the gap. To wit: we did not go with Romney because Palin was the better candidate.

An aging political warrior's last gasp at a defense of his disastrous 2008 presidential run? A moment of hilariously unvarnished truth? Both?

Regardless of anything else, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign now has a new rotting bird swinging pendulously from its neck. The last GOP presidential nominee just announced to the world that the present GOP nominee is not as good a candidate as Sarah Palin.

Turn out the lights when you leave.

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William Rivers Pitt is a writer and editor for Truthout and BuzzFlash