Republicans best hope Palin is a quick study

The McCain presidency may hinge more on the one vice presidential debate than on all the presidential debates. We still don’t know whether Sarah Palin was given an IQ test before being selected, but Republican vetters would have been stupid not to have done so. During the debate she will be asked numerous questions on a variety of topics. All she has to do is mispronounce one world leader’s name or make a major gaff showing her ignorance and Biden will eviscerate her.

Not only will she have to avoid serious mistakes in the debate, but all through the campaign she will be standing in front of microphones. One statement showing ignorance will be all over the news within minutes.

If she turns out to be totally unprepared to step into the role of commander in chief, this will prove that McCain’s judgment is seriously impaired.

Considering the fact that starting yesterday she’s joined the whirlwind “Straight Talk Express” much of her time will be spent campaigning.

There are only 24 hours in a day.

She’s a nursing mother.

She has to sleep.

It’s quite possible she has a 180 I.Q. and a photographic memory.

No amount of briefing will prepare her for the debate with Joe Biden unless she’s able to retain what she’s being presented and mouth it back with some indication she understands what she’s saying.

My personal views on social issues lead me to consider taking up religion and praying ardently for McCain’s health should he become president, lest he die and a right wing fundamentalist who doesn’t even believe in abortion after rape or incest ends up as president.

Stating that, I hope for the sake of the country that if McCain does win Sarah Palin is a wunderkind with an incisive intellect who will perform admirably in whatever role she ends up taking.

Watching her since her selection I don’t see signs of this. She seems to me to have a pedestrian above average intelligence like both Bush and McCain.

Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are brilliant, Joe Biden is what I’d call very very bright; but let’s not quibble about ten I.Q. points

If ideology wasn’t an issue at all, I’d want a president and vice president that didn’t rely on advisers for brilliance, not that the brainy Condi Rices and Paul Wolfowitzs of the Bush cabal had intellectual chops which served the nation well.

I’m trying to keep an open mind on whether or not at the very least Sarah Palin is wickedly smart, but I have to admit that considering that she seems to think creationism is worthy of being taught in science classes, I have serious doubts.

15 Responses to "Republicans best hope Palin is a quick study"

  1. Hal Brown  September 1, 2008 at 6:44 am

    Not a racist that I can see

    but the attitude, the insensitivity to people’s feelings, demonstrated here

    Palin Laughs As Opponent Is Called “Bitch,” “Cancer,” Mocked For Her Weight (AUDIO)

    are what led me to suggest she is a fit for McCain.

    Issodhos, listen to this audio, to what I’d describe as her inane laugh at the host’s obnoxious remarks, and share your interpretation.

    I would have hoped this hockey mom who choose to have a Down’s syndrome baby would have admonished this “shock jock” rather than rewarding him with what sounds like a bimbo beauty queen laugh.

    Now I can mentally put her into the scene Doug Thompson describes with McCain telling crude jokes, and her laughing right along instead of being taken aback as Doug was.


    Labor Day OdEd suggestion: Read what conservative critics of Palin have to say here.

  2. pollchecker  September 1, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Hey, Hal, do you think she would be laughing when he called his wife a “c**t”?

    Oh, and did you see this?

    To rebut rumors, Palin says daughter, 17, pregnant

    Apparently she’s going to be a grandmother to an unwed teenage mother, so add that to the list. BTW, whose story does this remind me of?

  3. Watchman  September 1, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Underestimate Sarah Palin at your own risk. She is a natural in front of an audience. She is Mother Middle America.

  4. incog99  September 1, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    In many ways Palin is not a typical evangelical. When I was young my neighbors were Assemblies of God members. Quite conservative but not bad folks. One thing though, they were never dishonest.

    Hiding her daughter’s pregnancy seems dishonest to me. Now for the comment that will insult most everyone:

    When my Mom was pregnant with my brother a man named Korth, a noted photographer of Chicago and author, said to my Mom, “I suppose you will push them out like rabbits now!” She was so insulted, she never forgot it but…

    Seems like the Palin’s are very fecond.!! *&%$#@!!

  5. Hal Brown  August 31, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Sunday reading picks:

    Dowd fans should read Maureen’s “Vice in Go-Go Boots to see what the über-snarkmeister put together with two days of lead time.

    The fact that the academics picked to weigh in on Politico ( read “Scholars question Palin credentials”) are Democrats shouldn’t detract from considering their analysis, much of it factual.

    It’s possible that Politico couldn’t find any scholars willing to go public with a more positive assessment of Palin’s qualifications.

  6. Timr  August 31, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    Truth is stranger than fiction. No one could make a movie with this as the plot. Altho the commander in chief TV show-which I not only never watched but did not even know it was on-has been mentioned in a lot of comments. Unfreekin believeable.

  7. Hal Brown  August 31, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    It would appear that McCain and Palin are peas in a pod in many ways.

    Doug Thompson already pegged McCain as an Archy Bunker throw-back (join the 78,000 others who’ve already read “McCain: racist, bigot & homophobe”; and now we see that Palin will fit right in with his crude personality.

    Check out

    Palin Laughs As Opponent Is Called “Bitch,” “Cancer,” Mocked For Her Weight (AUDIO)
    .

  8. acf  August 31, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    Who says she has a high IQ, the ‘she’s an excellent choice’ Republican crowd? Her academic history doesn’t show it. A bachelors in Journalism & minor in Politics from the U of I isn’t something that high IQs usually do. They’re barely getting a degree, at all. Getting elected governor, in any case, is something to be proud of.

  9. Hal Brown  August 31, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    I have no idea what her IQ is…. never wrote that I did…

  10. sherry  September 1, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Hal wrote:
    It’s quite possible she has a 180 I.Q. and a photographic memory.

  11. ekaton  September 1, 2008 at 3:05 am

    And its quite possible that sherry has a 180 I.q. and a photographic memory. That is not the same as stating “sherry has a 180 I.Q. and a photographic memory.” It is simply a literary device.

    – Kent Shaw

  12. Hal Brown  September 1, 2008 at 6:32 am

    Indeed, that is exactly what the phrase was meant to be.

  13. Uncle Ludwig  September 1, 2008 at 3:30 am

    But even if she is a smart cookie, can she stand up to Biden’s lengthy tenures on the Justice and Foreign Affairs committees? I don’t see how.

    Nevertheless, in a debate, let’s not forget the scandal from GWB’s debates with the hidden wireless headphone…this is how the Rove crowd operates, so that’s all she REALLY needs to learn over the next few weeks – how to appear to think of what she has to say while listening to the prompts in her hidden receiver.

    Let’s hope the Dems are smart enough to bring jamming equipment.

  14. issodhos  September 1, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Well, Mr. Brown, it might just be that the American voters that are going to decide this election — the unaligned voters who normally hold their noses against the stench and vote for one or the other major party offerings — may decide that the country can’t survive anymore whiz kid “brilliant” types who ordinarilly occupy positions of power within the Establishment and will instead select an intelligent woman who is down-to-earth, still apparently relatively uncontaminated by the general corruption of the two tweedle de tweedle dum parties, has a working class and middle class background, and enjoys being a woman who does not exude a hatred for men. Talk about change.:-)

    Something else that I find amusing is the sudden militaristic cry going up from Obama fans that she is not Warrior in Chief enough for them. Now that is very humorous.:-)

    And one last thing. Suggesting she is good racist fit for McCain makes one wonder, if she is such a racist, why is she married to a man who is part Alaskan Eskimo? Alas, as we have seen today, her family is already being ripped apart by Democratic operatives and other party hacks, so what is a little inuendo in comparison, wot?
    Yours in bemusement,
    Issodhos

  15. pollchecker  September 1, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    may decide that the country can’t survive anymore whiz kid “brilliant” types who ordinarilly occupy positions of power within the Establishment and will instead select an intelligent woman who is down-to-earth, still apparently relatively uncontaminated by the general corruption of of the two tweedle de tweedle dum parties, has a working class and middle class background, and enjoys being a woman who does not exude a hatred for men.

    First of all who is the whiz kid “brilliant” types who ordinarilly occupy positions of power within the Establishment? Certainly NOT the last 5 POTUS’s. So I don’t know what country you are referring to because that is the LAST THING you could call GW, let alone his predecessors.

    As for the part about Palin being “an intelligent woman who is down-to-earth“, I think it’s hysterical that you would call anyone who believes “religion” over “Science” in those words. Thanks for the best laugh all weekend.

    And as to the “still apparently relatively uncontaminated by the general corruption” part…apparently you don’t listen to the news or look at the facts. She hasn’t been governor for 2 years yet and she is already facing investigation for using her position as governor for personal purposes. That fits in perfectly with “of the two tweedle de tweedle dum parties” as you call them.

    And the person with the REAL “working class and middle class background” is Senator Obama who was raised by a single parent working class woman and grandparents from same.

    And lastly for the part where you say “enjoys being a woman who does not exude a hatred for men“, I don’t know who you could possibly be referring to. Certainly NOT Senator Clinton or any other Democratic woman that I can think of. So I can only conclude that you must be confused with the elitist, contemputous attitude that The GOP powers currently in control of our gov’t have towards women. That alone is enough to make any woman PO’d towards the political system.

    But NONE of the words you have used above could be applied towards Sarah Palin.

    As for the argument as to whether she is “fit to be COMMANDER IN CHIEF”….that is an issue the McCain once again has made an issue in this election. And McCain has obviously conceded the point that Obama if fit to be POTUS if he REALLY thinks Sarah Palin is.

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