Been reading some of the American political blogs about McCain and the Sarah Palin choice (OK, yes, I too have made the VPILF joke).
There’s something that none of them seem to get at all. Go back and read Tom Wolfe’s "The Right Stuff".
There’s one group of people on this planet that even the most hot dog of fighter pilots will offer a (however grudging) passing admiration for. Naval aviators. Those who have done the scariest (see Tom Wolfe) thing that service offers. Your first night time carrier landing.
No, I’m not saying that this makes McCain a good pick as President, nor Palin for VP. Nor a bad set either.
But if you’re not understanding that very strange world of naval aviators, where to even attempt the training is to (and even more so to survive it) display, to everyone who knows about such things, that you really do have cojones, balls of high grade nickel cobalt not just the steel that mere jet jockeys must have, then you’re not going to understand McCain the man or McCain the politician.
Whether somebody apt at taking decisions on imperfect information, by hunch rather than cogitation, who apparently enjoyed proving that at risk of his life, is quite who you or I want as President is a different matter.
But I’m jess’ sayin’ that Tom Wolfe described the type and I’m surprised that more isn’t made of it.