Fareed Zakaria: Palin Not Ready

From Newsweek:

Can we now admit the obvious? Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president. She is a feisty, charismatic politician who has done some good things in Alaska. But she has never spent a day thinking about any important national or international issue, and this is a hell of a time to start.

In these times, for John McCain to have chosen this person to be his running mate is fundamentally irresponsible. McCain says that he always puts country first. In this important case, it is simply not true.

Conservatives George Will, Kathleen Parker, Rod Dreher, Andrew Sullivan, Ross Douhat, David Frum, and on and on, join Zakaria and the rest of us in this assessment of Palin.

McCain first. Country last. And God help us all.


4 Responses to Fareed Zakaria: Palin Not Ready

  1. tonydowning says:

    It is not true that Palin is unqualified to be vice president. First of all, she will have the foreign policy establishment to guide her and advise her in decisions, in addition to McCain himself. Just like every other person in the history of the country who’s been in the White House as senior official: they all rely heavily upon advisors. Secondly, what person ever had the slam-dunk requirements that are being asked of her? Very few, if any. The presidency and vice presidency are crucibles for which one is chosen based on one’s character, one’s beliefs, and one’s leadership capabilities. It doesn’t disqualify one for those offices if one is unaware of some fact about the world. The Oval Office is not the Academic Decathalon– it’s about the sensible leadership we need to maintain America’s place in the world, Zakaria’s “Post-American World” notwithstanding. Furthermore, why is there no mention of Jimmy Carter, no outrage that he was unqualified? How is it possible to be more unqualified that he was? And yet nothing. To be consistent, and internally coherent, those claiming that Palin is unqualifed should list all those others in the past they feel were similarly unqualified. To criticise Palin without mentioning Carter is just simply partisan circling-of-the-wagons.

  2. vibee says:

    Tony – Jimmy Carter could hold forth on virtually any topic intelligibly. To suggest Palin is in the same league as Carter is just…pathetic. I can see you’re all worked up, but get real. The GOP has very nearly destroyed this country and you want to put a woman who hasn’t read the international section of the newspaper EVER one heart beat away? Advisors? You mean like Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld. You, sir, are a moron.

  3. tonydowning says:

    Jimmy Carter can hold forth, that’s true, and write books, but his views are not sensible. I would prefer Palin to Carter because at least she will not have the passive foreign policy of Carter. Under his administration, several African countries went Marxist, Nicaragua also, the Shah of Iran fell, and the world saw that America doesn’t honor its committments to allies. Now, I realize the American president can’t control every event in the world, but he didn’t even try– he was overly influenced by Brzezinski and his book, “Between Two Ages,” in which an essentially passive role for America is outlined. Palin is more sensible than that– she would shore up the levees of America’s defense, and not be so passive.

  4. Denis from Texas says:

    What is even more frightening than Palin’s ignorance and meaningless answers to intelligent questions is the number of people ready to defend her – that believe someone speaking complete gibberish is qualified to be president. We have met the enemy, and he is us.

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