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Frum loved the speech, but he is still worried. Like the few other conservative thinkers still prepared to think outside party orthodoxy (Ponnuru, Brookhiser, Noonan, Brooks), Frum cuts to the chase here:

From the beginning, the internal controversy (such as it is) over Sarah Palin has been a controversy not about Palin herself, but about John McCain. What kind of a decision-maker is he? How much information and consideration does he bring to bear?

If John McCain gambled on Palin without adequate research and preparation, the fact that he won his gamble does not reassure me very much. Gamblers sometimes do win. But the longer they play, the more they lose.

He hasn't won this gamble yet.

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