Tuesday, November 30, 2010

God willing, it'll never happen

Everyone knows Sarah Palin wants to be President.  It's no secret, even though she thinks she's being coy about it.  The fact is, she's not clever enough to fool us, even though she thinks she is.

And here's a link to a Huffington Post story that talks about a lot of the things that bug me about her, brought to light by her slip of the tongue on that bastard Glen Beck's show:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mitchell-bard/why-sarah-palins-north-ko_b_788647.html

The way I see it, if a candidate is no expert on every issue there isn't really a problem.  The President has teams of people on problems who give him briefings and if a decision is made he either confirms it or tells them to think about it more before confirming it.  And, of course, there are broad policy decisions that the President will steer.  But I am under no illusions that when a missile has detached from its anchors, it's the President who gave the authorization release that munition--unless it's nuclear tipped.

So, I'm not really that concerned that Sarah Palin has no clue about the very, very sensitive issues surrounding the Koreas.  In fact, I'm willing to bet that most people--including the President--don't have a very specific knowledge of the historical background beyond there was a war, the North is communist (and crazy as bat shit), and there have been dustups over the last several years because the North is crazy as bat shit.  The President, however, does have a team of policy experts who ARE well versed in that information.

And, to be perfectly clear, I like the idea that anybody--and I mean ANYBODY--can be President of the United States of America.  From the lowliest nobody in Nowheresville to the bluest of blue blooded elite, a President can rise to lead this nation.  That doesn't mean, however, than anybody SHOULD be President.  A job of that magnitude requires nuanced skills of patience and perseverance and even introspection and reflection because the decisions made in that sort of job cannot easily be unmade.  And the biggest decisions of them all can cost lives--tens of thousands of lives.

And that's what bugs me about Ms. Palin, more than anything else.

You can be ignorant, inexperienced, and thoroughly untested to be President.  Hell, the current President managed to get the job while having those qualities.  But what you can't be is unpolished, impatient, and mentally shallow (I don't want to say "stupid" here, because I don't really think that applies in this situation).  The current President shows himself to be exceptionally polished and patient, and when it comes to serious issues he seems to consider most, if not all, of the facets from several different angles.  Ms. Palin, on the other hand, doesn't seem to have that capacity.  She's got her talking points, she's got her single, partisan (or self serving) angle, and she's got a megaphone.  And there's not a light on behind those eyes.

And that's what bugs me about Sarah Palin.


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