My friend Rachel has developed a huge girl crush on Sarah Palin, and who can blame her? Palin is a solid conservative (although, the whole “marriage between a man and a woman” bullshit really turns me off, as I can’t understand how anyone with half a brain believes government should somehow be allowed to sanction any relationship between two consenting adults), pro Second Amendment (probably more so than McCain), fought corruption, advocate of reduced spending and has enough understanding about energy policy to disagree with McCain and advocate opening the ANWR to drilling.
And she’s hot.
And she’s courageous enough to take on corruption and government spending.
And she likes guns.
Hey, I like this chick, don’t get me wrong.
But there’s definitely an interesting discussion going on at Rachel’s about this. While I like the lady, I do have my concerns about her lack of experience. Here’s part of my concern:
I understand your reservations. I haven’t done the research, but I’m
willing to bet that during the history of the United States, there have
been any number of Vice Presidents who have been woefully unqualified.
I’d further bet that there were a lot of them who were less qualified
I’m sure we can think of a number of VPs who have had little to no
experience. However, we are living in some seriously perilous times,
and now – more than ever – we need a VP who can handle foreign affairs,
who makes the effort to understand the rest of the world and why
national leaders do what they do, their history, politics, culture and
heritage, and who can help formulate national policy and more
importantly national security policy taking all that into account.
Unfortunately, Americans understand very little about the rest of
the world. I love this country, but we have developed a certain amount
of arrogance vis-a-vis our role in the world. We don’t understand why
Greece blocked Macedonia’s entrance into NATO. After all, it’s just a
name. We don’t get why Serbia won’t let Kosovo go. After all, it’s a
shitty little, garbage-strewn hole. We don’t understand the true
underpinnings of why Russia went into Georgia, or why Georgia acted to
put down the S. Ossetians. We don’t take the time to study our enemies,
and we don’t take the time to know our allies. And in this time when
globalization has tied our world together, having leaders who get it is
The question you have to ask yourself is this: If
McCain/Palin wins the election, and McCain kicks the bucket on
Inauguration Day, would you rather have Palin as President, or would
you prefer that Obama had won?
I haven’t made up my mind about Palin as far as her national
leadership ability goes, so I really can’t answer that question. Would
I prefer a true conservative to a scrote-sniffing Marxist? Of course!
Would I prefer someone who understands economics, national security and
foreign policy? You’d better believe it! I guess we’ll see how things
As I said, interesting discussion. Join in if you can.