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Sunday, September 28, 2008

...And Neither Can Palin

Sorry to beat the dead pit bull, but people much smarter than I are declaring Sarah Palin unfit for the Vice-Presidency. The latest blast comes from Fareed Zakaria, a noted expert on foreign affairs and Newsweek columnist. I've generally seen him as a level-headed centrist... which makes it all the more surprising for me to hear him say, "Will someone please put Sarah Palin out of her agony?"

Zakaria points to this portion of Katie Couric's painful interview with Governor Sarah Palin:

Says Zakaria:

This is nonsense—a vapid emptying out of every catchphrase about economics that came into her head....

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....

In these times, for John McCain to have chosen this person to be his running mate is fundamentally irresponsible. McCain says that he always puts country first. In this important case, it is simply not true.

[Fareed Zakaria, "Palin Is Ready? Please." Newsweek, dated 2008.10.06]

My right-wing friends have surprised me before with their capacity to deny reality. But Palin's unfitness for the White House—and McCain's irresponsibility in choosing her for the White House—is becoming clear to Americans well beyond our cheery little left-wing blogospheric echo chamber.

For the good of his party and his country, Senator McCain needs to replace Governor Palin with someone who can do the job. Condi Rice, Colin Powell, Mike Huckabee...

...or he could just let things be, and let the Obama-Biden team handle saving the country, starting January 20.


  1. It's a little like speech class when you hated to see someone fail, someone you may not even have liked. The problem is, this is for real.

  2. Just want to point out there are many different clips to select on bottom of video. All have been good so far.

  3. Talk about putting politics before the good of the country. McCain would risk putting America in this woman's hands, just to win this election???

  4. Gee, I wonder if Cory dislikes Palin????? This topic is getting a little overdone.

    At least she has run a state. And she has effected actual reform even against leaders of her own party. Obama has run NOTHING in either of these regards and yet you are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  5. We have been unable to scrutinize Palin (obviously hidden for good reason). Cory is providing relevant information about someone who could be the most useless VP or damaging president should McCain die in office.

  6. That's your opinion. Doesn't happen to be mine or many others. IMO Obama would be a disaster for this country. It all depends on what we value in a president and what we think he should do as president. Obviously voters don't agree; that's why we have elections and different candidates.

  7. Sarah Palin is the only one of the four key players in this election who currently holds an executive position.

    If I were motivated to generate Republican spin, I could argue that this makes her the most qualified of the four to be President.

    But I'm not, and I won't. Yet.

  8. Oh goodness Stan, watch the video.

  9. I wanted to point out that people can spin things any old way, and some people will buy it.

    In my true opinion, the most qualified of the four for the Presidency is Joe Biden.

  10. Watching her speak is about like watching William Hung sing. If anyone remember that was that horrible singer from american idle. Wow, I am sure she is nervous and I am sure she has been fed alot of information in a short time. If McCain knew she was the right person for the job he should have picked her along time ago and gave her a fighting chance to get ready for this feeding frenzy. I dislike her views and stance on many topics but wow this is almost mean what McCain has done to this person.

  11. Sarah use way too many words to answer simple questions. She just doesn't sound overly intelligent. It also took her six years and five different colleges to get her degree. Ialso thought on Manday nights part of the interview when McCain was on with Sarah, he did too much of the talking. It was kind of like he was there to amend what she said.


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