09/30/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Palin Pick and Talk of McCain's Mortality

An initial reaction to the McCain VP pick: does it not accentuate the talk about McCain's age in a way that a more experienced VP choice would have neutralized?

I've seen a lot of coverage about whether Palin would be ready in the event of the the death of McCain.

Consider even McCain advisor Charlie Black's quote in today's New York Times:

"She's going to learn national security at the foot of the master for the next four years, and most doctors think that he'll be around at least that long," said Charlie Black, one of Mr. McCain's top advisers, making light of concerns about Mr. McCain's health, which Mr. McCain's doctors reported as excellent in May.

That quotation is troubling. Do only "most doctors" believe McCain would make it through a full term? If this is a joke, it seems poor political strategy to accentuate McCain's mortality.

This focus on McCain's mortality brings to the surface things which were mostly left unsaid before this pick.

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