Saturday, September 27, 2008

Palin Utterly Unqualified

I keep thinking that maybe Palin's playing the part of being utterly ignorant to create really low expectations, only to strike out like a mad woman and make Joe Biden cry during the debate.

But the reality is that Palin is more likely to cry during the debate. If she did, that would truly be sad to see, though her supporters would rally to her side.

Surely then McCain would have to admit an error in judgment and send Palin packing back to Alaska. But as I've said before, being unqualified doesn't matter to McCain. She would have no real duties as vice president. It would be the office of public affairs. I think many republicans know this, which is why some of them aren't so worried. Palin is like a sacrificial lamb, meant to woo a certain kind of voter --Jesus, guns and babies.

It would be Joe Lieberman or Lindsey Graham who would hold vice presidential powers. The only danger in Palin is if something happens to McCain. The Palin pick also demonstrates McCain's lack of judgment and his rash leadership style.
This is nonsense—a vapid emptying out of every catchphrase about economics that came into her head. Some commentators, like CNN's Campbell Brown, have argued that it's sexist to keep Sarah Palin under wraps, as if she were a delicate flower who might wilt under the bright lights of the modern media. But the more Palin talks, the more we see that it may not be sexism but common sense that's causing the McCain campaign to treat her like a time bomb.

Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president. She is a feisty, charismatic politician who has done some good things in Alaska. But she has never spent a day thinking about any important national or international issue, and this is a hell of a time to start. The next administration is going to face a set of challenges unlike any in recent memory. There is an ongoing military operation in Iraq that still costs $10 billion a month, a war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan that is not going well and is not easily fixed. Iran, Russia and Venezuela present tough strategic challenges.