Can Sarah Palin Be Ready in Eight Years?

Sarah Palin was not ready to be Vice-President of the United States this year. Yes, she was a spectacular stump speaker; and yes, she unleashed a tidal wave of Republican energy; and yes, she is charismatic, charming, and altogether winsome. But she wasn’t ready for prime time.

To be Vice-President and President you need to be able to think on your feet, to know what is going on in the world, and to appreciate the way the world impacts the nation.

The interview with Katie Couric demonstrated in embarrassing fashion the depth of her ignorance—could not name a single Supreme Court decision except Row v Wade—and how untutored she is as to the nuts and bolds of political leadership—she did not know the McCain record on federal regulation. These are not incidental or secondary issues: for you and me, maybe, but not for a person who wants to succeed to the presidency. They are scandalously serious, and for a candidate for such a high office to dismiss them as irrelevant to the national debate is disrespectful to the public she had hoped to win.

The conversation with Katie was bad, but not nearly as incredulous as the interview with the “President of France.” I sat before the television ten days ago and listened with increased astonishment at the shallowness shown by Sarah. Two radio comedians from Canada—station CKY in Montreal—pretended to be Nicholas Sarkozy and led the would-be Vice President on a wacky verbal goose chase. After more than eight minutes of premeditated prankosity, they came clean and confessed, but not before allowing Sarah Palin to make an absolute fool of herself.

I did not even know at the time all the jokes these two disc jockeys jammed into those eight minutes: like calling French singer Johnny Halladay a special envoy to the United States, or identifying entertainer Stef Carse as the Prime Minister of Canada, or naming regional comedian and radio personality Richard Sirois as the governor of Quebec. But Palin had bragged that her proximity to Canada counted as a significant source of international experience, and to be shown up as ignorant as I am about Canadian political life was, and is, a scandal.

I was incredulous that Palin’s managers could be taken in so easily, that such callers were not vetted more thoroughly—or just to think that the President of France would place a call to Palin. What does this say about the people surrounding her?

I felt sorry for Sarah Palin, even as I shuddered at the combination of naiveté and nerve that powered her push for the White House.

Then the pseudo-Sarkozy said, “You know, from my house I can see Belgium.” It was a public poke at Palin’s claim to see Russia from Alaska. Anybody—surely anybody—knows that a premiere in Paris can not see Brussels; anybody, but Sarah, it seems, and there is no indication she saw it as a red flag, a signal that something is not quite right.

Can this woman be ready in eight years?

She charged that Obama did not have the experience to run for President; but at least he had two Harvard degrees, where they teach you where Paris is in relation to Brussels; and at least he had been the Europe, where his passport was stamped by authentic French officials; and at least he had served in the club of one hundred where important matters of state are customary conversational fare.

If Sarah Palin can spend some time on a few more campuses, and can travel to a continent or two, and can eavesdrop upon the debates of those who know that of which they speak, she just may make it to the center of power and privilege a few years down the road.

But I’m still shaking my head.

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8 comments so far

  1. John Kemper on

    It is ashame the media never allowed a serious question that was NOT scripted be asked of then Senator Obama.

    100+ votes of present in a career spanning 144 days in a club of 100 that speak of important matters seems thin.

    We will learn of President elect Obama’s shortcomings and lack of experience while occupying the highest elected office in our country. I pray for him.

    Have a great week!

  2. Rob McPherson on

    All of which ranks right up there with the many inane Joe Biden remarks, not the least of which was the one about President FDR getting on television after the 1929 crash to talk to the American people. Of course Hoover was president and there was no such thing as television.

    No, she wasn’t ready. But your selective “shaking of the head” is just as ridiculous. Much like your selective “outrage” of child gun deaths. Guns are dangerous and deadly. They are made to be that way. Irresponsible parents are to blame and should be punished to the max with reckless homicide charges. It would seem that personal responsibility takes a back seat in your world.

    Here’s one for you. During the years you cited in child gun deaths 79-01, there were over 1,000,000 Americans slaughtered on our highways and several million more maimed and injured. Where is your “outrage”? Where are your calls to shut down these “killing fields”?

  3. Ruth on

    LEAVE SARAH PALIN ALONE!

    You don’t know what will happen in her life in the next 8 years. I wish the liberal left would just leave this woman alone, and let God have His way in her life.

    She is one person in American politics who prays and seeks His face.

  4. Pastor M on

    So, we are down to only one person in American politics who prays and seeks God’s face. Really? How can you possibly say that, Ruth? (Check out the story of Elijah after his encounter with the prophets of Baal and the threat from Jezebel)

    Having said that, we all need to pray for her, John McCain, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and all other elected officials on the national, state, and local levels.

  5. Camille Haggard on

    Sarah Palin met all the requirements you so approved of in Obama and had more experience! She was running for V-P not president. Too many elitists have taken us down the path of folly in this country. Enough about Sarah! On to something relevant: Homosexual activists in Lansing, Michigan, attacked Mt. Hope Church. They stormed the pulpit, cursed church members, pulled the fire alarm, unfurled a banner from the balcony, and beat on buckets outside the church. Where’s the outrage? Where’s the mainstream media? If Christians had stormed a gay bathhouse or gathering and did only half of those outrageous actions the mainstream media would have made it a top story. Christians would have been arrested. Not one gay facist was arrested in Lansing. This is as outrageous as the idiot father who cost his son’s life attempting to fire an Uzi machine gun. In Pennsylvania a pastor was arrested for “hate speech” when he condemned homosexuality yet homosexuals are allowed to invade a church and do violence and no one is arrested and it’s ok?? Go to onenewsnow.com for news you won’t hear on mainstream media.

  6. Ruth on

    Hello-o-o-o Pastor M…

    I did not say she was the ONLY one. I believe that many of our politicians pray and seek the Lord’s guidance. I truly believe that our present President and his wife are devout Christians, and prayer is just a part of their lives.

    And yes, I do pray for them all.

  7. Pastor M on

    Ruth, you are right. I apologize.

  8. Rick on

    For people who think there’s no cultural divide in this country, consider the treatment of two women much in the news in 2008.

    The first is Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. A woman from very humble roots and with a very blue-collar life story, she worked with her steelworker and professional-fisherman husband to provide a life for their large family. She got involved in the PTA. She became mayor of her small town, then rose, by dint of her dedication and almost naive fearlessness, to the job of governor. In a mainstream, almost romantic sense, it’s almost like she was designed by God for a Hallmark movie of the week.

    But, when John McCain picked her to be his running mate, the full fury of the liberal establishment – and sizable swaths of the conservative establishment, some of whom dubbed her a “cancer” on the GOP – came down on her with a vengeance usually reserved for Klansmen and pedophiles. Don’t get me wrong: There were valid criticisms to make. But that is quite a different thing than saying all of the criticism was valid or that the intensity and volume of the criticism was warranted.

    Then there’s Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, daughter of John F. Kennedy, brother of John Jr., niece of Senators Ted and Robert Kennedy, granddaughter of Ambassador Joseph Kennedy, and the cousin of myriad other Kennedys and Shrivers who’ve burrowed deep into the timber of the house of liberalism. A multimillionaire from birth, Mrs. Kennedy has spent most of her life on the charity-benefit and cotillion circuit. A product of the Brearley School in New York and the Concord Academy in Massachusetts before she attended Harvard and Columbia, Kennedy has made the importance of public education her signature cause.

    Sweet Caroline (she was the inspiration for the Neil Diamond song) recently made it known that she would like to be appointed to Hillary Clinton’s vacant Senate seat.

    One could say without fear of overstating things that the liberal reaction to the inexperienced Caroline has been somewhat more gracious than the reaction to the “inexperienced” Palin. Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post has devoted two columns in as many weeks to this “fairy tale” scenario in which Kennedy, our “tragic national princess,” is finally rewarded – for her years of quiet dignity, selflessly avoiding scandal and the paparazzi – with the Senate seat that once belonged to her uncle Bobby. What’s astounding about the normally sensible Marcus’ case for “the Cinderella Kennedy” (New York magazine’s phrase) is that she doesn’t really make one, at least not on the merits. Marcus doesn’t even bother. It’s all schoolgirl gushing.

    The editors of the New York Times, in a more skeptical editorial, summarized her qualifications thusly: “Ms. Kennedy has much going for her. As a public figure, she carries the glamour and poignancy of her family …” The editors then went on to describe what great liberals her dad and uncles were. That’s it.

    This a perfect example of the bowel-stewing self-indulgence of elite liberalism.

    Here’s a news flash: Not everyone truckles with doe-eyed awe at “America’s royal family.” Some of us don’t even like the idea of American royal families. JFK and RFK had their good points, but they don’t deserve the beatification they receive on a daily basis. As a man, Teddy Kennedy is hardly a role model, and as a public servant he’s not much better. I, for one, don’t think denying poor black kids private-school scholarships (aka vouchers) is heroic. Nor do I think his support for alternative energy, except when it might obstruct his Hyannis Port estate’s views with windmills, is admirable.

    Simply, the Kennedy clan is no priestly caste, serving as the conscience of the nation, and its progeny do not deserve eternal deference.

    Now, I know the comparison between Palin and Caroline Kennedy is not perfect. Each has strengths where the other has weaknesses, and the jobs of senator and vice president aren’t identical (the former actually has more responsibility, for starters).

    But the comparison is nonetheless revealing. Palin’s selection triggered troughs of bile, vomited up from nearly every respectable liberal quarter. A Florida congressman, and Obama surrogate, insinuated that Palin was a “Nazi sympathizer” and anti-Semite (she’s not, but Caroline Kennedy’s grandfather was). Her by-the-bootstraps story was ridiculed by nearly every ex-debutante newsreader and avowed “feminist” in America.

    Meanwhile, Caroline, with a resume perfectly suited to being a Kennedy and little else, is a Cinderella who deserves a Senate seat because, well, she just does.

    Whatever Palin’s faults, Sarah Barracuda’s America has a lot more going for it than Sweet Caroline’s.


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