McCain's surprising announcement of Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate on Friday effectively diverted the media from continued discussion of Obama's acceptance speech in a Denver stadium filled with cheering Americans. Certainly that was a real coup.
However, as a political independent, it's been fascinating for me to watch the Republican pundits sell me on this woman who could be a heartbeat away from the presidency. All weekend long, I've been hearing about:
- Her extensive executive experience.
- Her knowledge of foreign affairs.
- The fact that she governs the largest state in the nation.
I honestly can't believe the Republican pundits think I'm dumb enough to believe Palin is qualified when the truth is:
- She's been governor for 1.5 years, was a housewife from 2004-2006, chaired the Alaska Oil & Gas Commission from 2003-2004, and served as a part-time mayor & city council member of a very small town.
- Her foreign affairs expertise is supposedly because her state is right next to Russia.
- Alaska has only 683,000 residents - which makes it about the same size as Fort Worth, Texas.
Yet over and over, they repeat these "talking points." Politicians say it. Pastors say it. Strategists say it.
But they're stretching the truth so badly that it really makes me mad! Yet they're hoping that through repetition, we'll eventually come believe it to be true.
I'm all for female candidates. I think it's long overdue. Plus I've been impressed with Palin since I first learned about her a couple years ago. She's bright, talented, charismatic & fights corruption. That's all great - and true.
But there is no way Palin is ready to be president should something happen to McCain - and at his age, it's a real possibility.
Quite frankly, I've had enough of this "sales job." To the Republican pundits I say, "Quit selling me the importance of 'executive experience.'" It's never been essential before. McCain doesn't have any either. The truth is, Palin isn't ready for prime time.