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McCain's selection of [Palin] is applied McCainism -- a visceral judgment by one who is confidently righteous. But the viscera are not the seat of wisdom... Many cultural conservatives, who are much of the GOP's base, consider McCain's adherence to their persuasion perfunctory. By his selection of Palin, he got the enthusiasm of the base. But what has he got in Palin? In coming days he and we will learn from a stern teacher, experience.

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