By announcing on August 29 that Governor Sarah Palin would be his Vice Presidential Nominee, John McCain pulled the pin on an unprecedented blast of personal smears and baseless speculation by the media herd and the hard left Internet hordes.
Four days of slinging slime at Governor Palin culminated in an absurd, media generated rumor, breathlessly divulged by Joshua Green of the Atlantic:
Here in St. Paul, talk of Palin has dominated the Republican convention—even more so than cable news—and by Monday night discussion among Republican operatives and reporters had turned to whether Palin would survive or become the first running mate since Thomas Eagleton in 1972 to leave a major-party ticket…If further revelations prove damaging enough, McCain could decide to replace Palin, or she could choose to withdraw.
(Eagleton was the Democrats’ VP nominee until he withdrew after disclosure that he had been treated for a mental disorder.)
After both conventions the net “bounce” would seem to indicate that if anyone is to withdraw, it should be Barack Obama or Joe Biden!