The Unbearable Lightness of Being Sarah Palin

She’s whip-smart, with a breadth of foreign policy experience one wouldn’t suspect from her relatively brief tenure as an elected official. Considered a sex symbol by some, her steely resolve both surprises and charms her male counterparts, turning partisan foes into respecting admirers. Backed passionately by a large number of her party’s base, she also appeals to independents and has numerous examples of working across the aisle, a skill that will be crucial to any real bipartisan accomplishments in the next administration.

In short, had Barack Obama not won the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton would surely have made a capable Commander in Chief.

Then there’s Sarah Palin.

The Queen of the Wasilla Heathers is, as has been made painfully clear by the slow-motion torture of the Katie Couric interviews, not the sharpest knife in the drawer. And that’s her selling point. As she tells professional sycophant Hugh Hewitt [], “It’s time that normal Joe six-pack American is finally represented in the position of vice presidency, and I think that that’s kind of taken some people off guard…” Indeed it has, as most people would like someone more qualified than their local mechanic running the country. While “Git-R-Done” may be good for rallying the GOP base, it makes for an inadequate governing philosophy, and the White House is no place for the political equivalent of South Carolina’s Miss Teen USA contestant. []

John McCain’s attempt to play Henry Higgins with his Alaskan Eliza Doolittle would be entertaining if the stakes weren’t so high. But even Eliza knew better than to pretend to be something she’s not.

– Michael Turner