Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Sarah, Sarah, Sarah
Admittedly, I never understood the whole Sarah Palin phenomenon. From the moment John McCain announced that he had selected this obscure one-term governor from Alaska as his running mate, I thought it was a joke. A very bad joke that would doing nothing to help him defeat Barack Obama in the presidential election. And after hearing her stump speeches and seeing her in various interviews, especially with Katie Couric and Charlie Gibson, I was convinced that this woman was an intellectual lightweight who made even the famously intellectually incurious George W. Bush appear to have substance. Granted, she said all the things that would energize the base of the Republican Party, such as it is. But she offered absolutely nothing that would appeal to independents and Democrats. And she offered nothing in the way of assurance that she was up to the challenge of being a heartbeat away from the presidency. So her latest weird press conference where she announced that she was resigning as governor came as no great surprise. Her statement was vintage Palin: rambling, confused, disjointed. Like I said at the outset, I don't get it.