|Sure this will be fine. I mean it's not like she is going to forever damage the Republican party or anything.|
While there are many competing theories as to why the Republican Party has gone completely off the rails in recent times -- and probably all of them partially correct -- one figure in the GOP can be held primarily responsible for its descent into intellectual and moral depravity. And that figure would be Sen. John McCain. While this might seem a stretch to pin the emergence of Donald Trump on the actions of John McCain, when you look at the effect of his presidential candidacy in 2008, it becomes clear that his actions alone legitimized politicians like Michelle Bachmann, Herman Cain, and Donald Trump. Because if he hadn't foisted Sarah Palin upon the nation and gave the darkest elements of the American psyche validity on the national stage, there's a good chance we wouldn't be in the situation we are in now with the very future of the human species on the line.
While there has always been a sizable minority of fundamentalist, conspiracy theory prone lunatics in American society, for the most part mainstream society has managed to marginalize them. But as soon as McCain decided that the only way to revitalize his ticket after the disastrous Bush years was to bring on a barely literate airhead who was more interested in using campaign donations to expand her wardrobe than run for office, every moron with a gun and a 4x4 started believing his opinion actually mattered. And as the feckless media continued their "both sides are equal" mantra, they started to.
It must be remembered that Sarah Palin did not emerge by herself. She was plucked out of almost complete obscurity by McCain and his team, and touted as a "breath of fresh air" for the party and the country. At the age of 71, you could understand why McCain chose a younger woman to boost his favorability amongst women and young people, but he did no vetting whatsoever and is single handedly responsible for giving credence to a woman with no business running for office. The Palin phenomenon was a terrifying sight to anyone with a functioning brain and concern for the future of the country, and McCain's implicit endorsement of unadulterated idiocy as a legitimate political philosophy should be seen as an act of treason.
Perhaps I take a little too much pleasure in articles like this.
However since I was beating this drum with all my might as far back as 2008, it always feels good to have others join the percussion section alongside me.
Yes John McCain is most assuredly the man who blazed the way for a Donald Trump candidacy, and despite every other achievement he may want to claim for himself, history will never forgive him.
Oh, and I almost forgot, I told you so.