As we’ve seen and heard more from John McCain’s running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn’t know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion.
Yes, she recently met and turned several heads of state as the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York. She was gracious, charming and disarming. Men swooned. Pakistan’s president wanted to hug her. (Perhaps Osama bin Laden is dying to meet her?)
And, yes, she has common sense, something we value. And she’s had executive experience as a mayor and a governor, though of relatively small constituencies (about 6,000 and 680,000, respectively).
Finally, Palin’s narrative is fun, inspiring and all-American in that frontier way we seem to admire. When Palin first emerged as John McCain’s running mate, I confess I was delighted. She was the antithesis and nemesis of the hirsute, Birkenstock-wearing sisterhood — a refreshing feminist of a different order who personified the modern successful working mother.
Palin didn’t make a mess cracking the glass ceiling. She simply glided through it.
It was fun while it lasted.
Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.
Jeez, ya think?
I had originally predicted that the Palin nomination would lead to a 10-point Obama lead within the week. It took a couple weeks longer than what I thought (our media is pretty slow at expressing the blindingly obvious…but it usually still gets there), but here we are (9 points in one poll…plus the margin of error).
I don’t think things will change that much in McCain’s direction now, especially with the latest “suspended” campaign idiocy. Yea…right…you are so important you can’t possible take a couple hours to sit down with the guy you are running against. What a load of crap.
I’ll have another post on that, which will probably include a bit of the debate as well.