Not-so-perfect strangers

NOT-SO-PERFECT STRANGERS…. We’ve been told for quite a while about John McCain’s style of inter-personal interaction. He likes to take time to get to know people, trust them, and get a sense of their character before knowing whether or not he can count on them.

I mentioned yesterday that McCain barely knows Sarah Palin, hasn’t worked with her in any capacity, and hadn’t even asked her to serve as a campaign surrogate at any point in the process. The two are, for all intents and purposes, practically strangers.

But let’s flesh this out a little more. John McCain, literally, spoke to his running mate, the person he believes should be one heartbeat from serving as the leader of the free world, exactly twice before offering her a spot on the ticket.

1. McCain met Palin in February at a meeting of the National Governors Association. The one-on-one interaction between the two, according to the McCain campaign, lasted 15 minutes, at a reception after the meeting.

2. McCain talked to Palin on the phone on Sunday, while she was at the Alaska State Fair. The conversation, according to Palin’s press secretary, lasted five minutes.

3. McCain had a brief meeting with Palin at one of his Arizona homes on Thursday morning, offering her a spot on the national ticket.

There’s no personal relationship. There’s no sense of how the two might work together running the executive branch. There’s no way for McCain to know how she thinks, how she processes information, and how she responds when the pressures on. There’s just nothing.

John McCain doesn’t know Sarah Palin, but he wants the nation to trust her. We are, of course, also supposed to trust him, despite the fact that he just picked someone to help him lead the nation who he barely knows anything about. Indeed, when introducing Palin at an event yesterday, McCain had to carefully read from a script, as if he wasn’t sure what what his running mate’s name was.

I wrapped up yesterday thinking there’s something deeply wrong with John McCain’s decision making. This morning, I’m pretty certain of it.