Is anyone else bothered by McCain's repeated use of the word "proud" to describe how he feels about his vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin?
"I'm so proud of the way she ignites the crowds. The way she has conducted herself in my view is incredibly admirable," McCain said.
Let's suppose for a moment that McCain hadn't plucked Palin out of relative obscurity (at the urging of the ultra-right in this country, most notably Rush Limbaugh, who started pushing for her as the GOP VP candidate back in February 2008).
Suppose he had picked Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani.
Can you imagine John McCain saying over and over again:
"I'm so proud of Rudy, the way he responded to 9/11."
Doesn't that sound just a wee bit condescending? Like McCain is her dear, old Uncle, patting her on the head?