Monday, September 22, 2008

A tutorial for Sarah Palin

I think that one of the most comical events of the Presidential campaign so far is the official announcement yesterday by a McCain campaign aide that McCain's running mate, Sarah Palin, is about to meet with Henry Kissinger.

In short, the most unqualified vice-presidential candidate in American history is to get a "tutorial" on world affairs from a formidable expert on the subject. That the meeting with Kissinger rates a formal announcement (and a headline in the New York Times) shows how desperate the McCain campaign is to create "credentials" for Palin.

Not only will she get the Kissinger tutorial, but she will be introduced to a couple of heads of state and probably be accorded a first-class tour of the United Nations headquarters in New York.

No longer will critics be able to complain that Palin lacks foreign affairs expertise.

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15 Comments:

Blogger Sylvia K said...

Oh, yeah, that ought to do it! I've been dealing with her today, too, on my blog.

Monday, September 22, 2008 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

She'll know who Henry Kissinger is, right? I know she's not stupid, but do they think this crash course going to replace actual experience? Can she find Angola on a map?

Even I have more foreign affairs eperience than Sarah Palin.

Monday, September 22, 2008 5:09:00 PM  
Blogger Dogwalkmusings said...

As I watch the melt down of our economy and the world's barely stifled laughter at the downfall of the great American illusion, I feel nothing but sadness that is our children that have brought this upon us.

Our parents sacrificed everything for us and we sacrificed nothing for our children - what we did was for ourselves. The result is the Sarah Palins that we put forth. Oh. My.

Monday, September 22, 2008 9:23:00 PM  
Anonymous nazar said...

If Palin's meeting with Kissinger brings no credit to her foreign policy expertise, then surely Obama's visit to Iraq can have the same critique?

And every time Palin is criticized for her inexperience in federal government, that just leads us back to square one-Obama's lack of experience and foreign policy credentials(let's invade Pakistan with 6500 soldiers, right?) .

Tuesday, September 23, 2008 5:37:00 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

It isn't just Palin's lack of experience that disqualifies her for the Presidency; her fundamentalist religion will eliminate the separation of Church and State.

Obama doesn't need a tutorial and crash course on foreign policy. He has been studying the situation for many years. Palin may be smart (or not) but Obama is a proven intellectual.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 1:05:00 PM  
Anonymous nazar said...

Darlene, I find your fear of Palin's "fundamentalism" quite bizarre. How will she eliminate the seperation of Church and State? I am far more concerned over the Left's attempt to force their views on everyone else than any fundamentalist christian. Everything from banning smoking, banning "sexist" ads, banning freedom of speech and criticism-the majority of it comes from the Left. As a matter of fact, it seems the only thing the Left won't ban is anything related to sex, but everything else is up for grabs.

Please how explain to me how Obama has studied the foreign policy? By writing a book-about himself? Or by his brief time in the Senate during which he brought no major bills to the floor?

I don't place very high value on anyone being an "intellectual." For instance, who did more to end the scourge that was communism in Europe-American military might and conservatives, or Parisian intellectuals who equated America with the USSR? Being an intellectual is no guarantee to moral or even intellectual supremacy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 7:55:00 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

Nazar, Palin wanted to ban library books that were contrary to her religious belief -- Freedom of speech be damned. Now that's bizarre. She is opposed to the law of the land regarding a woman's right to choose. That's a religious belief inserted into the political arena. Ergo - bye, bye separation of Church and State.

It's quite obvious that you place no value on being intellectual. Do you think our 'C' student president has done a heckuva job?

Thursday, September 25, 2008 7:43:00 AM  
Anonymous nazar said...

Darlene, all I can say is this myth about Palin banning books is a complete lie. Were any books censored or banned? June Pinell-Stephens, chairwoman of the Alaska Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee since 1984, checked her files and came up empty-handed.

All the best,
Nazar

Thursday, September 25, 2008 8:14:00 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

Nazar, I guess we could continue this argument forever, but I imagine Mort is ready to cut us off.

However, you need to read more carefully. I did NOT say Palin succeeded in banning the books. I said she WANTED to, but the librarian refused. This is a well documented fact.

Friday, September 26, 2008 9:57:00 AM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

I would find the whole Palin fiasco comical if it were not so frightening. What, in the name of good sense, was McCain thinking?

Friday, September 26, 2008 7:09:00 PM  
Blogger joared said...

I felt insulted as a woman when Palin was selected for the Veep position. Reminded me of the atty friend of Bush's in the White House he tried to pawn off in the Atty. General position. The Peter Principle seems to apply in both instances -- both women are way out of their league for these positions. How disappointing that McCain had just as poor judgment on such appointments as his leader.

Anyone carefully listening to Obama express his ideas can easily discern he has far greater knowledge about what's going on in the world than Palin.

I've been able to finally update my blog during this time when so much is happening.

Saturday, September 27, 2008 2:44:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Mama said...

Mort,

Shana Tova. I believe Palin is the ultimate red herring and distraction in this election. She's just another right wing religious nut and these people have had control of the government for a generation, so another one in the White House shouldn't make much of a difference. But for every day that Palin is on Entertainment Tonight, or is talking about defending Alaska from the Ruskies with her moose gun, is a day that people are not reminded about the disaster of the past 8 years. Palin is a very handy diversion for the McCain campaign. We don't need another screwball in the White House who thinks she has a direct connection to gawd so in the words of George W. Bush, "Fool me once, shame on me...fool me twice, you can't foo a foo man."

Saturday, September 27, 2008 3:57:00 AM  
Blogger Lydia said...

This put her New York whirlwind tour and meeting with Kissinger into real perspective.
Copy/paste this link into your browser to read the latest tactic from the McCain team --
http://goodgirlroxie.blogspot.com/
2008/10/and-yet-another-case-of-voter
.html

Friday, October 03, 2008 4:59:00 AM  
Blogger Karlo said...

The man who used to indiscriminately bomb villages from a plane in Vietnam is having is running mate get advice from someone who openly mislead the American people and who let the war drag on for years as he played "realpolitik" with people's lives. As they say, birds of a feather...

Friday, October 03, 2008 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

If McCain is elected with Palin as his running mate, they are going to cause as much divisiveness in this country as Bush has caused.

Sunday, October 05, 2008 9:58:00 AM  

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