You know it's rough:

The gamble is enormous. In a stroke, McCain gratuitously forfeited his most powerful argument against Obama. And this was even before Palin’s inevitable liabilities began to pile up inevitable because any previously unvetted neophyte has “issues.” The kid. The state trooper investigation. And worst, the paucity of any Palin record or expressed conviction on the major issues of our time.

My italics. So Charles agrees with me. A person who heard about the surge "on the news" and wanted an "exit plan" is simply not a credible vice-president for John McCain. It can't be defended with any measure of intellectual honesty. It could be defended as a cynical electoral gambit. But it cannot be defended by anyone even faintly serious about national security. And so you see what people like Mark Levin and Mark Steyn and Jonah Goldberg truly are: fathomless cynics.

Watching the conservative intelligentsia divide into those who still have some grip on reality and principle and those who long ago took their leave of both is really fascinating. Charles has not lost his marbles, even if so many others have.

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