Think, Sarah, Think

Before watching the science fiction movie District 9 on On Demand the other night, we first watched Sarah Palin’s speech at the Tea Party convention in Nashville. Nothing she said changed my mind about her.

My wife and I were John McCain supporters in the Republican primary, but questioned our decision when he picked Palin as his running mate and we realized that McCain had lost his groove. And as the campaign continued and Palin spoke out more and more, we decided McPalin wasn’t for us.

You can pick your favorite Palin statements, from her claim to having foreign policy experience because she could see Russia from her front porch to her inability to answer a softball question about what periodicals she read. (I had to answer that question for a three-officer review panel when as an enlisted man in the Navy I was applying for a college program, so I could never understand why it flummoxed Palin, who as a candidate for vice president was in a pay grade much higher than mine.)

The most revealing part of Palin’s Nashville performance came not during her speech, but in an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News, whose Fox News Sunday I watch faithfully, even during football season. Frankly, I had to watch it twice and then read about before I understood what she was really saying.

Turns out, Palin is advocating a war with Iran. When I realized what she was saying, I was stunned. This is a politician who belongs to the party of the president who got us into a war over weapons of mass destruction that have yet to be uncovered, a president who never really went after Osama Bin Laden, but instead mired us in Afghanistan. And now she wants the United States in a third war!

Palin made my old hero Barry Goldwater sound like a pacifist.

Which part of a military stretched thin doesn’t she understand? Which part of an astronomical federal debt doesn’t she understand?

Palin also told Wallace that she’s getting daily e-mail briefings from people in Washington. Instead, she ought to start reading periodicals so she knows what’s really going on in the world.

And then she needs to think, not talk. The more she talks the deeper she digs herself into a hole.

On second thought, talk, Sarah, talk.


  1. I remain astonished that she gets any ink or air time at all as anything more than Exhibit A in what is wrong with American education. And I remain angry at McCain for launching her as a "serious" politician.

  2. Agree re: McCain.

    Remember, btw, that the man behind Palin is Bill Kristol, who was Dan Quayle's behind the scenes guy. I think Kristol likes people he can manipulate.

  3. you do now she never claimed she could see Russia from her house, you know that was Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live right

  4. What's the difference between Tina Fey and Sarah Palin? One is funny.

  5. And I need to add to the anonymous correction that while Palin didn't make the porch comment, Tina Fey's quip really does capture Palin's grasp of international matters.

  6. And to put an end to the confusion between the comedian Fey and the idiot Palin, here, from Newsbusters (conservative site), in the unedited transcript of the interview, is the quote that Tina Fey riffed on:
    GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

    PALIN: They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

    GIBSON: What insight does that give you into what they’re doing in Georgia?

    PALIN: Well, I’m giving you that perspective of how small our world is and how important it is that we work with our allies to keep good relation with all of these countries, especially Russia. We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationship with our allies, pressuring, also, helping us to remind Russia that it’s in their benefit, also, a mutually beneficial relationship for us all to be getting along.

    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/09/13/abc-news-edited-out-key-parts-sarah-palin-interview#ixzz0fcRHAmfH

  7. Her extreme religious beliefs call for her to hasten the "Rapture" and if that means launching a nuke against Iran to get them to attack Israel that is all good on the judgment day since all the Jews must be dead before she can ascend to heaven. These crazy religious people believe and have church doctrine that breaking the Ten Commandments or any laws of man are okay if it is done with this greater good in mind.

    To my simple mind it seems this is pure evil and not worthy of God's redemption.