I’ve been trying to read up on Sarah Palin in the last 16 hours or so, and there is absolutely nothing I’ve found out about her online that makes me believe she’s qualified to be Vice President of the PTA, let alone the USA.
Nevermind the whole “I don’t believe in science” thing – which is John’s big hang-up at this stage. Let’s take the rest of the list of what we know so far about this woman.
1. She eloped with her high school boyfriend in August 1988. She’s got a son who is somewhere around 19/20. There is a very real possibility she was pregnant when she got married. Until I see a Track Palin’s birth certificate, I’m keeping this door open a crack. You see, if she’s a family values, abstinence-only conservative, then we’ve got ourselves a little hypocrisy to the nth degree.
UPDATE: Alan Colmes has got the details and also thinks this is suspicious.
2. She has 5 kids. 5. And one is only 4-months-old. With Down syndrome. Now, I’m not a parent so I don’t know firsthand the difficulties in raising children, but I have a lot of friends who are parents of one or two children – many under the age of 3, and I can tell you they assure me it’s no easy task. I would love to know how this woman plans to raise a 4-month-old with a condition that requires special attention and nurturing and will cause cognitive delays while running for – and then potentially serving as – Vice President of the United States.
3. We’re at war. I’d like to know how often she’s traveled abroad, met with foreign leaders, or studied world affairs. She was a journalism major at The University of Idaho. As a former professional reporter who got her Master’s in Journalism, I can assure you it’s not the most intellectually challenging of course curricula. I got a great hands-on education in everything I needed to know to get on-air at a small market TV station, but unless UI has some stellar communications program that I’ve never heard of before, I’m guessing Palin wasn’t vying for valedictorian. In fact, here’s the current UI four-year journalism plan. Second semester freshman year, you get to take PE.
4. She’s not Hillary Clinton. If the McCain camp thinks tossing a woman on the ticket – any woman – is the key to grabbing frustrated Clinton supporters, they’re delusional. While I had my own serious issues with Clinton and her campaign, I never would have suggested she was unqualified to be President. Had she won, I would have been confident in her ability to lead this nation. Hillary Clinton has proven over the years – with the exception of some of the rotten campaign decisions that ultimately led to her defeat – to be the kind of woman that other women could be proud of and admire. She’s earned her spot at the top. Palin – on the other hand – is a former beauty pageant contestant who one might suspect has skirted by on the naughty librarian look. She’s the kind of woman other women despise. She’s the kind of woman that sets the women’s movement back decades. She doesn’t further shatter the glass ceiling. She covers the cracks in Hello Kitty band-aids and giggles at the pretty patterns.
Frankly, I’m shocked my more conservative friends online aren’t downright mortified by McCain’s choice for VP. Partisan politics aside, she’s got nothing to offer on the national security front. She’s a social conservative, but of frightening – almost lunatic – proportions. She’s unqualified, unprepared, and an unbelievably inappropriate choice. She’s the Harriet Miers of VP picks. Smart conservatives should be outraged their candidate is willing to gamble with the safety our nation for the sake of possibly pulling in a particular demo. It’s dangerous and irresponsible, and McCain – and his supporters – should be ashamed.
I think Sarah Palin is going to tank. Hard. I think come debate time, Biden’s going to make her look Miss Teen South Carolina on a good day. And for the record, there is nothing sexist about not supporting a female candidate who is all wrong for the job. In fact, backing the woman just because she’s a woman is about as narrow-minded as it gets.
If Sarah Palin proves me wrong, I’ll be the first to admit my mistake. But right now, I feel perfectly confident saying Candidate McCain could not have done worse.
UPDATE: Chez used the same headline. His post is here.