Sunday, September 14, 2008

Even John McCain Can't Say What Sarah Palin Brings to the Table

In the area of national security:
In an interview done by a local reporter in Maine on free TV, John McCain couldn't even give one example of Sara Palin's experience on foreign affairs, and looks foolish as a result.

How does one qualify the unqualified?


Vigilante said...

Even Karl Rove admits that the Sarah Palin pick was "not a governing decision but a campaign decision."

Doc Demento said...

Yes, I'm glad that quote didn't get lost in the convention coverage. Glad you grabbed it, Vigil!

Stella said...

What does the Killa from Wassilla bring to the table? Moose stew.

Vigilante said...

Yeah, Stella!

Even David Brooks writes in the NYT that Sarah Palin is unqualified:

In the current Weekly Standard, Steven Hayward argues that the nation's founders wanted uncertified citizens to hold the highest offices in the land. They did not believe in a separate class of professional executives. They wanted rough and rooted people like Palin.

I would have more sympathy for this view if I hadn't just lived through the last eight years. For if the Bush administration was anything, it was the anti-establishment attitude put into executive practice.

And the problem with this attitude is that, especially in his first term, it made Bush inept at governance. It turns out that governance, the creation and execution of policy, is hard. It requires acquired skills. Most of all, it requires prudence.

Sarah Palin has many virtues. If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she'd be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.

Blogging4Food said...

Look how far the party of Abe Lincoln has slid: Republican Party has nominated someone who sleeps with a secessionist!