it's not often that i get into political discourse on here, but these days it's nearly impossible not to have an opinion on sarah palin. the mccain campaign's handling of their vp candidate so far has been interesting, shunning all media requests save for a few very high profile interviews which have turned disastrous. it is as if they are saying, "let's keep her on the pool deck--it's much too dangerous in the water--but if she does go in, let's throw her in the deep end." perhaps the only good that has come out of this entire debacle is the fact that tina fey is now on our televisions a full month before 30 rock returns. in any event, the outcome of these appearances has been downright brutal, revealing to these eyes at least the magnitude of just how unprepared this woman is to be anywhere near the presidency of the most powerful nation in the world. it's not that i think gov. palin is unintelligent; it's just that i think she is embarrassingly unfamiliar with issues that, well, are kind of important when it comes to leading a country. the degree of her ignorance manifests itself in an inability to develop opinions on politically fundamental issues, and i just can't see how anyone in their right mind could still be remotely comfortable with the prospect of a potential president palin. there are those conservative pundits who insist that, despite her inadequacies, she's the right person for the job because she makes good decisions. but the way i see it, isn't the most egregious example of poor decision making the fact that we are in this situation to begin with? wouldn't someone who makes good decisions realize how unprepared they are for the job and decline the offer in the first place? or maybe she doesn't know what she doesn't know...and for someone running for vice president, that would surely be the scariest proposition of all.
wilco with fleet foxes : "i shall be released"
live from bend, oregon (august 23, 2008)
given away by wilco in exchange for a promise of voting next month. seriously--no matter your party affiliation, and even if you do intend to vote for mccain/palin, just do it--vote.