In the seven weeks Gov. Sarah Palin has been on the scene, there hasn’t been a single issue, speech, or comment over which I found myself in agreement. In fact, outside of being ridiculously hot, following Palin has been a headache of massive proportion. But in a recent interview with CNN (especially significant since it appears she’s finally making herself available to the media), she asked a single question that speaks to the heart of her campaign:
“Why does Joe Biden get such a pass…?”
When I think about the onslaught ensuing from the media, I have to admit the good Governor from Alaska has a point about the existance of double standards. Joe Biden – infamously known for his gaffes – has not been so much as questioned for many of his comments (including the most recent comments about Obama potentially being “tested” with a crisis during his first six months in office). Meanwhile, virtually everything Palin says is seemingly dissected word-for-word. No argument there.
But what Palin (and the folks on the right) don’t seem to get is that most of Biden’s comments – while often boneheaded and non expedient – are at least laced with some element of truth and are supported by his years of knowledge and experience. Palin, on the other hand, is a complete twit. Between rambling on incoherently during interviews (the interviews from which she doesn’t duck out), to the ridiculous assertion that geographical proximity to Russia makes her an expert on foreign affairs, to claiming that she reads everything without being able to name a single publication, to the numerous occasions where she has shown a complete ignorance of what the Vice President does, Sarah Palin is truly the Ms. South Carolina of politics.
I should point out that my issue with Gov. Palin has never been about her ignorance on things. Politics – I’m starting to discover – is extremely complex. Instead, my ultimate concern with her is that she doesn’t possess the intellectual curiousity necessary to learn the things she needs to know. Not knowing what a Vice President does is one thing. I suspect the average American would miss that question in Trival Pursuit. BS’ing your way around the subject without taking the time to read the Constitution and study the role of VP is another. For all of his faults and stupid comments, Joe Biden is still a seasoned politician, a Constitutional scholar, and a proven Congressional leader. If that earns him a little more ease from the media, so be it.
My good friend The Hippie Conservative once made a great observation. The beauty of Obama’s run is that he has shown that anybody can be President. You don’t necessarily have to carry the name Clinton, Bush, or Kennedy in order to become a powerful political figure. You don’t have to come from a stable two-parent household. You don’t have to be a white male. You can have a “funny sounding name.” To a great extent, I share in his sentiments. But I’d also take it a step further by stating that at their core, Presidential candidates still HAVE TO BE better than the rest of us. We don’t need an average and unlearned person leading this country. We need an extraordinary person to do an extraordinary job (I guess that rules out 85% of Congress. But I digress). While Palin’s charm, charisma, and – yes- inexperience matches Obama’s to a tee, she doesn’t possess Obama’s level of intellectualism; a requisite for being in the White House. If anything, that’s what makes the biases she face justifiable.
What say u?