Bush also is quoted as saying Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was "being put into a position she is not even remotely prepared for" after McCain announced her as his vice presidential running mate.
“I’m trying to remember if I’ve met her before. I’m sure I must have.” His eyes twinkled, then he asked, “What is she, the governor of Guam?”
Everyone in the room seemed to look at him in horror, their mouths agape. When Ed told him that conservatives were greeting the choice enthusiastically, he replied, “Look, I’m a team player, I’m on board.” He thought about it for a minute. “She’s interesting,” he said again. “You know, just wait a few days until the bloom is off the rose.” Then he made a very smart assessment.
“This woman is being put into a position she is not even remotely prepared for,” he said. “She hasn’t spent one day on the national level. Neither has her family. Let’s wait and see how she looks five days out.” It was a rare dose of reality in a White House that liked to believe every decision was great, every Republican was a genius, and McCain was the hope of the world because, well, because he chose to be a member of our party.
John McCain, already immensely unpopular with the extreme-Right, had no choice but to pick Sarah Palin as his running mate. It was strictly a strategic decision and she did galvanize the GOP. But Bush was right, Palin was highly unprepared for the national stage, much less the sexist treatment she'd get from the liberal media. But at the end of the day no matter who McCain picked for his VP, there was no way he was beating Obama. In fact, I still feel McCain's best hope for the presidency would've been Hillary Clinton being the Democratic nominee.