QOTD: Gail Collins on Sarah Palin

“t is conceivable that some people will think John McCain picked
Sarah Palin to be his running mate because she is a woman. I know you
find this shocking, but I swear I have heard it mentioned.

McCain does not believe in pandering to identity politics. He was
looking for someone who was well prepared to fight against
international Islamic extremism, the transcendent issue of our time.
And in the end he decided that in good conscience, he was not going to
settle for anyone who had not been commander of a state national guard
for at least a year and a half. He put down his foot!

obvious choice was Palin, the governor of Alaska, whose guard stands as
our last best defense against possible attack by the resurgent Russian
menace across the Bering Strait.”

More from Gail Collins right here.