"The reality is is that both parties have nominated people in the last decade who are not prepared to be anywhere near the Oval Office. John Edwards in the Democratic Party. Sarah Palin in the Republican Party. And we ought to take a pause and understand how that happened, why it happened and hopefully it'll never happen again in our lifetimes."
-- Former John McCain adviser turned MSNBC pundit, Steve Schmidt, on the dangers of choosing Palin for the vice presidential spot in the campaign. Schmidt urged Senator McCain to pick Palin as a political calculation.