ST. PAUL — A series of disclosures about Gov. Sarah Palin, Senator John McCain’s choice as running mate, called into question on Monday how thoroughly Mr. McCain had examined her background before putting her on the Republican presidential ticket.
Aides to Mr. McCain said they had a team on the ground in Alaska now [emphasis added] to look more thoroughly into Ms. Palin’s background.
Your conventional notions of temporality-as-usual are nothing to John McCain. You might think that a candidate who only initiates the vetting process in earnest after he announces his running mate is "desperate" or "reckless" or "insane," but that's only because your puny minds are unable to comprehend that just as John McCain is a maverick who exists above partisan politics, he also exists above the march of time itself.