11.9.08

Sarah Palin and Tall

How did she do?

11 comments:

  1. It's reassuring to me to know that she didn't talk to her family about this huge decision before she told McCain yes.

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  2. Palin not knowing what the "Bush Doctrine" was a bit disturbing.

    On the other hand, I didn't know either.

    But on the other hand, I'm not a potential Vice President.

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  3. by the way, outstanding title on this blog post, john. thank you for humoring me.

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  4. It baffles me that people are comparing Obama's inexperience to her inexperience. She's never met a head of state and until last year she'd only been to Mexico and Canada? Half the college students in America have more experience in world travel than Palin.

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  5. "We've got to remember what the desire is in this nation at this time. It is for no more politics as usual. And somebody's big fat resume maybe, that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment where yea they've had opportunity to meet heads of state."

    Did she really say that?!?

    How many decades has John McCain been in Washington? And in those years, while he was building his "big fat resume," how many heads of state has he met?

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  6. In all fairness, Charlie Gibson addressed her with a condiscension-touched skepticism that might have been appropriate if Britney Spears sat in Palin's place.

    Granted, didn't appreciate the verbal run around, although there are questions in there that if she had given a straight, simple answer, it would have been pulled from context and plastered in quasi-journalistic media around the globe.

    Can she handle foreign heads of state? Sure. My mom could make Putin wet his pants, and she's never traveled farther than British Columbia.

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  7. Anonymous (I can only assume that's your real name),

    I'm surprised you found Gibson's questions to be condescending. I thought they were fairly straightforward. And isn't skepticism exactly what we want from our journalists? The problem is that for two weeks many mainstream journalists have reported on Palin without any skepticism, taking at face value the McCain campaign's lines about her foreign policy credentials, her status as maverick or reformer, her pretty obvious half-truth about the "bridge to nowhere." Gibson had an impossible job last night - be straightforward without being overly aggressive, ask the tough questions without making himself vulnerable to cries of "sexism" from the McCain campaign - and he did a reasonably good job.

    It occurs to me now that the debate over Palin's qualifications to be president - remember, that's what is really at issue here - should be about more than how far she has traveled or the heads of state she has met. The debate should be about curiosity, world view, and big ideas. It doesn't so much bother me that Palin didn't know what the "Bush Doctrine" is, though that is one of the big ideas of our time. What bothers me is that Palin doesn't seem to have any big ideas of her own. Or McCain for that matter.

    And when did we decide we wanted presidents who were "just like us?" The job of the president requires a level of energy, intelligence, curiosity, character, passion, toughness, wisdom, and even hubris that is rare in regular folks like you and me. I wouldn't vote for my mom for president, though she is good and smart and tough; she raised nine boys - God bless her - and owned small businesses. But the presidency requires a kind of expansiveness possessed by no one that I know. The president is no better or worse than his/her constituents for these qualities. Just gifted in a way that makes them suitable for a very exclusive job.

    John Pattison

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  8. Putin was a former KGB agent, a leader who has patiently and ruthlessly annihilated all opposition. No offense to your mom, anonymous, I'm sure she's really tough, but that's a pretty ridiculous statement. Even if Sarah Palin caused Vladimir Putin to mess his drawers, my guess is he'd take a moment, remember her status as a "hockey mom" and "small town values", and quickly out-maneuver her just like he's out-maneuvered every other Russian politician who stood in his way.

    This is global politics, anonymous, not a state with a population the size of Fort Worth, Texas.

    We can like Sarah Palin all we want. We can agree with her values. Feel free to vote for her for those reasons! But to buy the bullshit we're being fed by this campaign about her "experience" and to dismiss her evasion and obvious lack of understanding what's at stake here, it's unbelievable.

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  9. My mind is torn yet still decided. example: i am for the no interference policy, as pre-emptive strike just seems unfair to me

    But then again, is it unfair when as a result we are attacked? Or something "bad" just gets bigger as a result of not getting involved? But what if we cause something worse? What if McCain wins?

    These are scary thoughts for me

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  10. Jordan, I totally agree with you. We've got to take a look at what's being said (by all the candidates on the ticket and by the parties) with a critical eye. Otherwise, we'll just be seen as votes, not the people their elected to serve.

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