I am uncharacteristically at a loss for words to describe the spin coming out of the McCain camp on Sarah Palin’s readiness to serve as Veep, and possibly Commander in Chief of the United States. The assertions that her very ignorance is an asset, that her ability to viscerally connect with like-minded “Joe-Sixpacks” of America – people who cannot find Canada on a map – qualifies her to hold high office, is simply beyond absurd. Can this really be the best the GOP has to offer?
Consider this quote from McCain campaign spinmeister Meg Stapleton, arguing that Palin’s “experience as an ordinary American” qualified her to be “one heartbeat away” from the Oval Office… “god forbid.”
“So if it’s the economic crisis, she can certainly speak to the fact that she carries a mortgage. She’s got kids ready to go to college, she has a son who is also heading off to the military. So from a military perspective, she is engaged just like any ordinary American. So if she is one heartbeat away, as she is one heartbeat away as a vice presidential candidate, and she assumes the presidency, god forbid — in terms of John McCain, I don’t wish ill, but as your question points — if she becomes president of the United States, she is ready, and that is because she has the experience of an ordinary American who can get in there and knows what is on people’s minds and what people need.”
“Oh, my god”, is all I can say to this.
We have all seen, over the past 8 years, the disastrous effects of electing a willfully-ignorant, good ol’ boy as President in a very dangerous, complicated world. What alternative universe is Sen. McCain occupying in believing that this singularly unqualified woman is capable of such a critically important job? Is this not, frankly, the most unpatriotic behavior imaginable?