Matt Damon on Sarah Palin
Despite all the furore around McCain's bizarre choice of running mate, the hypocritical accusations of leftist smears (hypocritical if one considers the sort of slime that's been pumped out almost non-stop regarding Barack Obama for months on end) that are now preventing the Dems to talk policies, there remains at least one important and legitimate concern regarding her nomination. Rarely before has the prospect of a VP becoming president before the end of term of the presidency been so real, due to McCain's ripe age. Simply put, as the chances of the Reps holding on to the White House are very roughly 50/50, the probability of a natural presidential demise and ascendancy of the veep to the throne has almost never been higher than in this race.
The US and in particular potential McCain voters, really needs to ask itself, rather than concentrate on fawning over this "populist hockey mom", whether they really want this largely unknown quantity to be president. It's ironic that presidential candidates go through a grueling vetting process of highly intense and very prolonged scrutiny, often (like McCain) having to stand for a party's presidential candidacy nomination twice, that in Sarah Palin we have someone about which we know almost nothing. Apart from a few well crafted speeches, written on her behalf, there's almost nothing we know about the kind of president she would actually make. That in itself points to the fact that McCain took a rather desperate gamble, one that might actually pay off, yet bring about many unintended consequences.
Matt Damon has his own take on it: