Why McCain Still Defends Palin

One of the responsibilities that comes with picking a vice-presidential candidate is never admitting that you might have made a bad call—even if it becomes painfully obvious to the rest of the world that you did.
So it was that John McCain withstood a six-minute grilling on Sunday from David Gregory on the subject of Sarah Palin, the woman who would now be a heartbeat away from the presidency had McCain prevailed last fall. McCain would have none of it.
“I love and respect her and her family,” he said. “I’m grateful she agreed to run with me. I am confident she will be a major factor on the national stage and in Alaska as well.

Why McCain Still Defends Palin