Can’t Wait To See This

October 23rd, 2008at 11:28am Posted by Eli

I guess this is what happens when you pick a running mate you don’t even know:

Commenting on a new joint interview with John McCain and Sarah Palin, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd described the Republican ticket as lacking cohesion, chemistry, and (he hinted) trust.

“There was a tenseness,” Todd told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. “I couldn’t see chemistry between John McCain and Sarah Palin. I felt as if we grabbed two people and said ‘here, sit next to each other, we are going to conduct an interview.’ They are not comfortable with each other yet.”

Todd, who was remarking on the interview conducted by NBC’s Brian Williams (he was in the room), speculated that the candidates had come to the realization that “they are losing” the campaign, and guessed that McCain may have begun to hold his vice presidential choice responsible for his dwindling White House chances.

“When you see the two of them together, the chemistry is just not there. You do wonder, is John McCain starting to blame her for things? Blaming himself? Is she blaming him?” asked the highly regarded NBC newsman. “And maybe they don’t feel they can win right now, so they are missing that intensity. That was the thing that struck me more than anything. You almost wonder why they wanted the two of them sitting next to each other.”

I remember in the weeks after McCain announced her as his running mate, when the body language between them was awkward in a different way – McCain looked like the infatuated guy chasing her around the stage, while Palin looked repulsed and desperately trying to keep her distance.  I was expecting this to be one of the big untold stories of the election, something that just subliminally turned voters off, but they cut way back on joint appearances, so it kinda went away.

I do think it’s safe to say that when one half of the ticket thinks the other half is creepy, good chemistry is probably never going to happen.

Entry Filed under: Elections,McCain,Palin,Politics,Republicans

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