“He Put the Country at Risk”

As the race winds down, even high profile Republicans are attacking McCain’s historically reckless selection of Sara Palin as his running mate.

First, the Associated Press quotes Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska strongly criticizing Palin’s qualifications.  Hagel addresses Palin’s lack of foreign policy experience:

“She doesn’t have any foreign policy credentials.  You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don’t know what you can say. You can’t say anything.”

Hagel criticizes the ridiculous McCain/Palin claim that Alaska’s proximity to Russia counts as foreign policy experience:

“I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, ‘I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia.  That kind of thing is insulting to the American people.”

Finally, Hagel addresses the possibility of Palin assuming the presidency, if McCain is unable to serve.

“I think it’s a stretch to, in any way, to say that she’s got the experience to be president of the United States.”

Next, we have Matthew Dowd, Republican consultant and chief strategist for the 2004 Bush campaign, via the Huffington Post:

“[McCain] knows, in his gut, that he put somebody unqualified on the ballot… he put the country at risk, he knows that.”