Count on the Madville Times to respond to its readers. Commenters on this morning's Palin–tanning bed story (Sarah won't be pale in comparison to anybody!) bemoaned the lack of substance and the use of the nefariously liberal Huffington Post as a source.
O.K. Substance, from conservatives:
—The Wall Street Journal reports on some less than fiscally conservative behavior by Governor Palin. Evidently the governor saw fit to keep open a declining, money-losing state-run dairy near Wasilla. The dairy had lost $1.5M in two years, so the state creamery board decided to close it in June 2007. Governor Palin sacked the creamery board and replaced it complete with one of her grade-school chums as chair. The dairy stayed open for six more months and lost another $800K before the new board closed it anyway. [see Jim Carlton, "Creamery Case Has Palin Critics Taking Aim at Fiscal Conservative Claim," Wall Street Journal, 2008.09.16]
—The New York Times isn't noted for conservatism, but its columnist David Brooks is. Brooks joins George Will, Charles Krauthammer, David Frum, and Ross Douthat in suggesting that Palin is not qualified to be vice-president:
How is prudence acquired? Through experience. The prudent leader possesses a repertoire of events, through personal involvement or the study of history, and can apply those models to current circumstances to judge what is important and what is not, who can be persuaded and who can’t, what has worked and what hasn’t.
Experienced leaders can certainly blunder if their minds have rigidified (see: Rumsfeld, Donald), but the records of leaders without long experience and prudence is not good. As George Will pointed out, the founders used the word “experience” 91 times in the Federalist Papers. Democracy is not average people selecting average leaders. It is average people with the wisdom to select the best prepared.
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.
[David Brooks, "Why Experience Matters," New York Times, 2008.09.15]
If I'm a conservative and that's my energized base, I'm worried.
No Huffington Post, no tanning bed fluff. Serious conservative observers, serious questions, serious policy implications for serious voters.