Friday, August 29, 2008

How Palin Played on the Plane

By Andrew Romano

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--John McCain really, really wants to win. So badly, in fact, that he chose a veep who suffers from the same problem he's always criticizing Obama for--inexperience. Only worse.

I just landed here in North Carolina after taking a 6:45 a.m. flight out of Denver. This meant, of course, that I didn't get to experience the revelation of McCain's new running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in real time. But the flight did provide me with what was arguably a more interesting vantage point on the announcement: from the cabin of a Boeing A321 packed with Democratic delegates, strategists and various and sundry other politicos, all of whom learned the news simultaneously, the moment we touched down, from the tiny flickering screens of our trusty CrackBerries.

The best way to describe the reaction aboard U.S. Airways Flight 1520: shock and awe.

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