Mostly, I go local.
Given how the McCain camp is terrified of letting the unqualified Palin sit for interviews, I have no doubt that they will insist on a pre-approved list of questions before she steps into the studio with Charlie Gibson. My guess is that they are going to approve questions that enhance the Palin fable but reject any questions whose answers may reveal her ignorance of world affairs or her true ideological colors. They have to control the interview environment, lest we get video circa 2000 that shows a squirming W unable to answer basic questions about world affairs.I'd love for Palin to answer some of questions posted by Foreign Policy. Ask Palin a question about President Bashar al-Assad? Puh-leaze...she couldn't identify Des Moines on a map, much less Damascus!
You know, I read somewhere someone dismissing the foreign policy rap on Palin as sexist because a male governor (whose name I can't remember) who was also on the short list for Republican VP wouldn't have known a lot about foreign policy. I don't know if it's sexist, but it's a fair enough point, I say even though I put up this post -- b/c I know Assad is the president of Syria, but honestly, I'd have to google the name of the President of India (I know I'm not running for VP, but I'm a mom so I could be, right?). But here's the key point: Obama picked Biden to ramp up his foreign policy portfolio. McCain has publicly acknowledged that he doesn't know much about the economy. If he was going to pick a governor or a politician with limited foreign policy exposure, he should have picked someone with real economic credentials. I could've disagreed with that person's policies, but at least I could have recognized how s/he balance the ticket. From what I've read of Palin, she failed to keep the books balanced as Mayor and has created serious financial risk (e.g., the pipeline) as governor.
My point, Roni, is similar to yours in that it's simply that Palin brings NOTHING to the ticket. No expertise, no nuance, nothing.
But shuldn't she at least remember what she learned the morning of her interview with Charlie Gibson? Like, what is the Bush doctrine?
Palin balances the ticket insofar that she got the conservative base excited about the McCain-Palin ticket (which I'm considering calling the Moose & Squirrel ticket) and closed in on Obama's lead. I am getting tired of the right crying sexism when it's convenient. Wasn't the right wing's opposition to the various identity politics movements--such as feminism--based on the idea that it would replace meritocracy with tokenism? And tokenism is the game the right is playing when they go out of their way to cosset an unqualified candidate by shielding her from criticm by shouting (unsubstantiated) accusations of sexism.And for the record, my mother was in the PTA, raised three children and can name the leader of China. She's held a passport since 1984 and has visited more countries than Palin has. Mom has never seen parts of Russia from North America, but has seen Tijuana from San Diego. :)
You're right, Roni, from the Moose & the squirrel on down.
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