The McCain campaign has gone to great lengths to present the selection of Sarah Palin as one made after a careful, meticulous vetting process. But evidence continues to suggest that the Arizona Republican made his VP choice with surprising haste.
On Saturday, a Democrat tasked with opposition research contacted the Huffington Post with this piece of information: as of this weekend, the McCain campaign had not gone through old newspaper articles from the Valley Frontiersman, Palin’s hometown newspaper.
How does he know? The paper’s (massive) archives are not online. And when he went to research past content, he was told he was the first to inquire.
Soon, Edwards was getting reports from House colleagues who had received calls from Eric Holder and Caroline Kennedy, the co-chairs of Obama’s selection process.
At the same time, Edwards said he was working “day and night for three weeks” to prepare information demanded by the Obama campaign.
“They go through every aspect of your family and financial life,” he said. “It’s a very intensive and intrusive process. I never dreamed that somebody would have to read one of my speeches from 25 years ago.”
The first week in August, Edwards received a call from the campaign informing him that he was “on the final short list.” He was told that his name would probably be leaked for public debate on Aug. 10.