Go figure. And this is really the best that the Republican party could come up with to be a VP for John McCain? Makes me wish for the days when traditionally, the VP was the candidate who got the second most nominations in the party. Sometimes. Maybe.
Part of the problem with partisan politics, and why moderation faces such a long road ahead (I feel), is the fact that the media in this country is incredibly stilted. FOX News (if you can even call them 'News'), Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and their contemporaries make negotiation difficult, if not downright impossible. They treat politics like a war - either you're for us or against us, and there is no compromise.
Which is fine - in war. But this isn't war, this is politics, where negotiation and compromise are absolutely key to being able to reach an end decision.
Great example from when all the Obamacare was going on: the moderate Republicans wanted to sit down and talk with the moderate Democrats, find some common ground, hash out a solution.
The moderates, though, were hogtied by Beck, Limbaugh, & Co, who stirred up the country (most notably the elderly) with their talk about 'death panels' and whatnot. Now, anyone could tell you that that was not where Obamacare was headed, and give a reasonable explanation.
Problem was, the damage was already done, the radicals had declared war, and their battle cry was that the government was trying to kill your dear sweet old Granny. An oversight? Of course not! Anyone with an ounce of common sense would realize that saying that would galvanize people to opposition, because you do not want to negotiate with people who are trying to 'kill' your dear sweet old Granny!
I find it hugely sad and ironic that the American people who are fighting not one, but two wars against radical Islam, and seeing what sort of misery that produces, are not even capable of recognizing radicalism on the part of their own people.