Comments on Sarah Palin, Joe Biden and the election Thursday from readers of the Observer's political blog, The Ballot:
Palin is just the next GOP figure to take over Bush's mantle of “I don't know what I'm doing but I can sure look confident doing it.” God help us if she's ever in the position of leading this country through another 9-11, Iraq, Katrina or bailout. It'll be the end of America as we know it.
Hopefully, Biden will be able to get through the debate without plagiarizing someone else's statements.
She is “new” to the Washington game, and obviously more versed in Alaskan and economic issues. Especially energy independence, which is a big reason McCain selected her and media refuses to let her speak on. Most governors that run for POTUS have to spend two years of boning up on Washington related issues, which is why senators often get tagged because that has been their jobs to know, even though they may be lousy leaders and usually are.
As a moderate independent, I have teetered back and forth trying to decide who will get my vote in November. To be honest, I'm not really crazy about either candidate but I do think either will be better than the incumbent. After the Palin pick, I think she has tipped the scales. In my opinion she is by far the most unqualified vice presidential candidate in U.S. history. Worse than Dan Quayle and worse than James Stockdale. There is no way McCain will get my vote with Palin on the ticket. I'm sorry, I know this sounds sexist, but I'm just telling it like it is. There is only one reason this woman was picked and it isn't because of what's between the ears.
Palin should be refreshingly truthful by admitting that she knows next to nothing about foreign policy, except that Siberia is right across the strait from Alaska. Secondly, she also knows next to nothing about the lower 48 because they don't get many newspapers in Alaska. But she faithfully reads the Wasilla Weekly News and keeps track of everyone who gets speeding tickets.
As a conservative woman, I am deeply offended by Palin's nomination. Women are not idiots – we read personalities better than men and we can tell when another woman is being insincere. Palin is strictly a demographic choice by McCain. He wanted Hillary supporters to simply flip-flop over to his side, and it has backfired. It's a good thing, because having such an incompetent woman fulfilling stereotypes in the White House would set us back 50 years.
If the media has set low expectations for Sarah Palin, it doesn't mean the voters have. We expect things based on past experiences. If we think Palin has done well so far, we'd likely think she'll do well in the debate.
I'm a liberal woman, and I love Sarah Palin. I've never voted GOP before but I will do so this time around and I'm greatly offended at how the media and Democrats are treating her. Gotcha questions and highly edited interviews while giving Obama/Biden a pass is just completely out of bounds.