After all the controversy that has been stirred up by the political posts I’ve made recently, I’d really like to give it a break. The problem is that I have enough time on my hands to actually listen to the candidates speak, and Sarah Palin is really baffling to me. I can’t help but write about her.
When she was first introduced I thought she was a good choice for McCain. Her first speech was fiery. She had a list of “accomplishments” and was said to have fought the “good ol’ boy network”. But it turns out those accomplishments aren’t what they were portrayed to be. She didn’t, for example, oppose the “Bridge to Nowhere” until after it was a dead issue. She had, in fact, been in favor of it at the beginning.
After seeing her latest interviews I’m baffled that she’s even considered a candidate for Vice President. Sure, she’s a “good person”. Sure, she’s “one of us”. And I’m positive she was great in the PTA. But she doesn’t belong in this country’s second most powerful office.
Did you see her interview with Katie Couric? She is in WAY OVER HER HEAD. She tries to sound intelligent on issues, but instead makes herself look very foolish.
When asked how living in the state closest to Russia gave her foreign-policy experience, Palin responded thus:
“It’s very important when you consider even national-security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America. Where—where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to—to our state.”
Sarah publicly stated that being sandwiched between Russia and Canada gave her foreign policy experience. The exact quote was, “Our next door neighbors are foreign countries”. Puhleeze! Tell me you’re joking, Sarah! Unfortunately, she wasn’t joking. If you don’t believe me, click here to watch for yourself (you’ll have to watch a 15 second commercial first).
I think John McCain needs to apologize to her for bringing her into this race. The woman who would have been known as a decent Governor of the State of Alaska will now be forever remembered as the butt of “stupid politician” jokes.
Even conservatives are starting to publicly state she isn’t the right person for the job. Read Kathleen Parker’s column: Kathleen Parker: The Palin Problem
Some quotes from this article:
Prominent conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, said Friday recent interviews have shown the Alaska governor is “out of her league” and should leave the GOP presidential ticket for the good of the party.
It was fun while it lasted,” Parker writes. “Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who is clearly out of her league.
“If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself,” Parker also writes. “If Palin were a man, we’d all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she’s a woman — and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket — we are reluctant to say what is painfully true.”
Parker’s comments follow those by prominent conservatives David Brooks, George Will, and David Frum who have all publicly questioned Palin’s readiness to be vice president.
“Sarah Palin has many virtues,” Brooks wrote in a recent column. “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.”
Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there.
Saturday Night Live, as you know, often pokes fun at candidates. I get a laugh at such skits. Have you seen the last skit poking fun at Sarah Palin? At one point, instead of making up amusing dialogue, Sarah is quoted word for word because what she said was so absurd a writer wasn’t needed to make it funny.
A few more stories on the Palin interviews (PLEASE do yourself a favor and read them):
- Sarah Palin’s Latest Interview Is Making People Sad
- Palin is Ready? Please.
- If Sarah Palin Being One Heartbeat Away ‘Doesn’t Scare the Hell Out of You, It Should’
How can anyone defend this decision? Stubborn allegiance to the Republican Party, perhaps? Please enlighten me.