5/11/18, "Senator McCain’s Regrets," Editorial of The New York Sun
"As death flutters around the back-yard deck of
Senator John McCain, it’s sad to read reports that the scrappy
Sandcutter regrets picking Governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential
running mate and wishes he had instead picked Senator Jos. Lieberman.
The only person diminished by this kind of talk is Senator McCain
himself, and the heroic Arizonan deserves better....
At rallies all across red state America, Mrs. Palin outdrew the
leader of the ticket by a factor five to one. Her own error was
undercutting her populist message with a divisive démarche about “real
Americans.” The tragedy is that pro-growth, inclusive, capitalism was
waiting for both of them to embrace. Mrs. Palin understands it better
than many in the GOP, including Mr. McCain.
This became increasingly evident after the Republican defeat. Mrs. Palin understood energy better than any leading Republican. She was the
only Republican prepared to reach out to organized labor (she herself,
like Ronald Reagan, had once carried a union card). Most importantly, by
our lights, Mrs. Palin was the first Republican to breach for monetary
The alert Alaskan did that on the eve of the G-20 summit in Seoul
Korea in 2010, when she challenged the then-chairman of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, over quantitative easing. Mrs. Palin also
displayed an amazing knack for spotting — and boosting — winning
Republicans, including, it would turn out, the dark horse who would
become America’s 45th president.
Not that Mrs. Palin shrank from criticizing President Trump either.
When he coaxed Carrier into keeping its jobs in Ohio, Mrs. Palin called
it “crony capitalism” and warned, using her way with words, that the
invisible hand of the market could get “amputated.” She was a backer of
Mr. Trump, but no yes-woman. We have no doubt that she paid a price for
Mrs. Palin showed character in reacting to the reports of Mr.
McCain’s regrets. She said the reports felt like “a perpetual gut
punch.” And of the senator’s complaint, she said: “That’s not what Sen.
McCain has told me all these years.” So far as we can tell, she’s never
said an ill-word about the man who lifted her to glory, however
fleeting. She’s always called Mr. McCain the hero that he is."