Republican Presidential nominee John McCain’s Palin problems continue to mount as the gaffe-prone vice presidential nominee wanders aimlessly from one screw up to another, showcasing her lack of knowledge on foreign affairs, domestic problems and other issues facing the country.
Fresh off her embarrassing interview last week with CBS News anchor Katic Couric, Palin stumbled again this week when she was unable to name a single Supreme Court case other than Roe v. Wade that she disagreed with. After stammering about "many cases" that she said warranted review, Palin could not come up with a specific case.
McCain’s campaign has ground to a virtual standstill advisers diverted campaign staff into prep sessions with Palin for tonight’s crucial debate with Democratic VP nominee Joe Biden.
And the problems continue to escalate:
Mocked by comedians, derided by prominent conservatives and reeling from flustered interviews with national media, Sarah Palin is proving a risky gamble in Republican John McCain’s quest for the White House.
"Palin is Ready? Please" a headline in Newsweek said this week of the moose-hunting Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate, capping a turbulent week in which Palin’s fitness for the job came under growing scrutiny.
"Sarah Palin is utterly unqualified to be vice president," Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria wrote.
"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," he said.
The column could be dismissed as one of hundreds of biting news stories in the hard-fought race between McCain and Democrat Barack Obama, with less than six weeks before the November 4 presidential election.
But it follows a whirlwind of criticism and ridicule from Republicans and Democrats alike since interviews with CBS news anchor Katie Couric, Fox News’ Sean Hannity and ABC News’ Charles Gibson that raise question over her nomination and dealings with the media.
From CBS News:
PALIN: Well, let’s see. There’s –of course –in the great history of America rulings there have been rulings, there’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American. And there are — those issues, again, like Roe v Wade where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So you know — going through the history of America, there would be others but–"
COURIC: Can you think of any?
PALIN: Well, I could think of — of any again, that could be best dealt with on a more local level. Maybe I would take issue with. But you know, as mayor, and then as governor and even as a Vice President, if I’m so privileged to serve, wouldn’t be in a position of changing those things but in supporting the law of the land as it reads today.
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