Ross makes a solid point:

Palin will only help McCain politically if she shows herself to be a quick study and a plausible vice president over the next sixty-six days; if she's as ludicrous a pick as Andrew thinks she is, then McCain will look like a fool and his already none-too-high chances of winning this election will drop lower still. If she's a Quayle-type choice or worse, the odds are good that she'll never occupy the Naval Observatory: She only helps him (and he needs help!) if she turns out to be a case study in his ability to size up political talent on the fly, and if that's how things shake out, nobody will be talking about how McCain put "country last" with his VP pick.

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