Who Is Sarah Palin?
Perhaps the most charitable way to put it is to say that she's an example of Alaska's version of a Valley Girl. Some have used the TT epithet, but let's not go there.
She has no education as that is understood in civilized circles.
She has no culture except that of small-town Alaska, which revolves around petty vengefulness, violent sports and killing things. (See "Life Held Cheap" posted July 28.)
She seems to care nothing for the environment as long as it produces enough animals to kill. "Spiritual" does not appear to be in her vocabulary.
Like W., she appears to act on her guts instead of listening to experts, especially scientists. Pity the poor polar bear, just for starters. And look where Bush's guts, such as they are, have got us.
She's an advocate of Big Oil, as opposed to Little Oil, the Veco services company which has corrupted so many Alaska politicians—corruption everyone has known about for decades but ignored until it all got too embarrassing. This is Alaska, after all.
She will work to reverse Roe vs Wade.
Paris Hilton has more foreign policy experience and subtlety.
In the not-unlikely scenario that she might actually become president (shudder) someone like Putin would snap her up like a chicken thrown to a crocodile.
Her cringe factor exceeds that of Bush.
Gravitas? What's that? She also remarked on a talk show that she hasn't the faintest notion of what the Vice-President does.
The thought of her presiding over the senate makes one rather queasy. As does the thought of her presence at any formal diplomatic function.
Far from restoring our credibility abroad, Palin would make us an even greater laughing stock—if that is possible.
Having recently had a baby she is doubtless suffering from "baby brain", a scientifically proven "normal" deficiency in mental function following childbirth. Maybe that's why she said "yes" to McCain. If not, then she is perhaps even more self-deluded than Bush.
Oh yes. And there are the corruption charges she is facing that will surface just before the election.
McCain has been called "insane" to have chosen her. Which raises the question, why do people think that spending years in a POW camp qualifies someone to be president? From a mental health standpoint it rather disqualifies him, which may go some way to explain McCain's erratic behavior spun as "maverick."
And what will Mrs. Moneybags McCain think of her husband's new dollybird? Whatever one thinks of Palin, his cynical choice is an insult to all women: to him she is little more than an inconvenient but necessary appendage/window dressing. Think Dan Quayle.
Stay tuned for the next debacle in American politics and the downfall of a once-great nation.